Approximately 60 Lee’s Summit High School students had the opportunity to interview professional engineers and technicians as part of a collaborative project with Burns & McDonnell and the American Society of Civil Engineers. Thanks to the partnership between the high school and the Kansas City area firm and organization, the students are learning about the engineering industry.
So far this school year, a total of 45 employees from Burns & McDonnell have talked to the Lee’s Summit High School students during interviews lasting from five to 10 minutes. Students asked a variety of questions focusing on topics such as job skills, duties, average work schedule and educational background. Each student also asked the engineer or technical professional what he or she would have done differently and what advice they would pass along to students.
In addition to the Burns & McDonnell staff members, some students interviewed nine members of the American Society of Civil Engineers – Young Members Group. In the next few months, close to 30 more LSHS students will participate in the interviews. By the time all contacts are made, more than 90 students will have the opportunity to learn from experts in this field.
Students making the calls are enrolled in principals of engineering, civil engineering and architecture, and advanced concepts in computer-assisted drafting.
Reaction from both the students and the industry professionals has been very positive, said Bob Sauer, LSHS Project Lead the Way/industrial technology teacher. Students have learned more about career fields that interest them while also practicing interview techniques and strategies.