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Oakland Mills High students learn about life as engineers

By Sara Toth, stoth@tribune.com

12:42 PM EST, February 21, 2013

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More than two dozen students in Oakland Mills High School’s Business and Finance Academy participated in National Shadow an Engineer Day at KCI Technologies national headquarters in Sparks.

On Wednesday, Feb. 20, 25 students from the Columbia school attended the JA Job Shadow, hosted in partnership with Junior Achievement of Central Maryland.

According to a news release from Junior Achievement, the job shadow’s main objective was to make students aware of the career opportunities in engineering and science.

To prepare, the Oakland Mills students spent weeks studying KCI and its work. KCI is an engineering, consulting and construction firm with more than 20 locations nationwide. The firm provides environmental, transportation, telecommunications, construction, facilities and development services.

While preparing for the job shadow, business students developed business plans, and engineering students designed products to solve real-world problems. After reading an article on using a self-propelled modular transporter to replace two bridges over the Baltimore-Washington Parkway in KCI’s Innovator magazine, the students also discussed the pros and cons of building a bridge off-site and moving it into place instead of building it on-site.

During the job shadow, students were scheduled to take a tour of KCI’s headquarters and meet with several KCI professionals in the areas of environmental engineering, natural resource management and construction management.

Junior Achievement of Central Maryland is a nonprofit organization that provides in- and after-school programs for students in kindergarten through 12th grade, with a focus on work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.