It’s not often that high school students get to step into the business world for a full semester and explore in-depth the opportunities open to them in a particular career.
This month, the Kennametal Foundation will launch a 16-week Young Engineers Program for local qualified high school juniors and seniors interested in engineering. The goal of the Young Engineers Program is to expose high school students to the range of possibilities in the engineering and manufacturing industries. The program is a pilot project in cooperation with the Greater Latrobe School District.
This hands-on program, held at Kennametal’s technology center in Latrobe, Pa., will give 15 students the unique opportunity to work with engineers, administrators, and manufacturing experts for a full semester. The Young Engineers Program combines hands-on projects, classroom discussion, mentoring from our expert engineers, and manufacturing experiences at several Kennametal facilities.
Students will meet twice a week at the corporate campus for up to three hours of weekly class time. They will earn academic credit, in addition to getting real-life industry experience.
Weekly classes will cover topics such as metalcutting 101, product and customer solution engineering, careers in engineering, product management, materials science engineering, manufacturing and automation engineering, innovation engineering, and operational excellence. Field trips to Kennametal manufacturing facilities also are planned.