The 13th Annual Engineers Career Day event Feb. 22 at California State University, Bakersfield, went extremely well with a strong presence from Edwards Air Force Base.
There were more than 500 8th to 12th grade students from throughout Kern County in attendance at the event.
An Information/Hands-on booth, F-22 hands-on simulator station and career speaker were provided by the 412th Test Wing. This event was spearheaded by the 412th TW Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Outreach Program, which was largely supported by personnel from the 412th Test Engineering Group.
Event coordinators thanked Mickey Bowen, James Alich, Luke Rishar, as well as engineers Jack Earl and Derek Lennon from 412th TENG, who helped make the career event the “best with the talent they brought to the students.”
Jack and Derek were kept busy from set-up to tear down of the simulator from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Although Bakersfield local business is geared towards the petroleum industry, Edwards AFB has definitely become a staple of the Annual National Engineers Day with teachers and students returning to say hi and how they have chosen a different career path other than petroleum because of the Edwards AFB presence, according to event organizers.
Editorís note: Information provided by Pamela Willis, WZI Inc. and Mickey Bowen.