Business collaborations for UW-Washington County’s Engineering Bootcamp are set for this summer. This year’s partners include: Signicast, Creative Design Network, LECO, Weasler, and Regal Ware. Students will visit each firm to experience first-hand what engineers in various fields do every day. The program, managed by the Continuing Education Department, is open to high school junior and senior level students. It was specifically created to provide career guidance to students by opening their eyes to what various careers in the engineering field would be like for them. Often, students are directed to enter the engineering field, but have no idea what the career path entails, respecting their interests. This camp is designed to help students with this important decision by exposing them to multiple disciplines of engineering and providing them a sneak-peek into a day in the life of an engineer.
For this summer’s program, students will learn about chemical engineering at LECO, electrical engineering at Weasler, project/manufacturing engineering at Signicast, product/mechanical engineering at Creative Design Network, and manufacturing engineering at Regal Ware. The program includes daily field trips to local industries and businesses to see engineers in their natural environment, and the students will have an opportunity to speak directly with engineers to learn how they chose their career paths. After the morning company tours, the students will come back to the UW-WC campus and work with Guy Campbell, UW-Platteville Mechanical Engineering Lecturer. Students will discuss the morning tours and will work on their own engineering project throughout the week.
Local company sponsorships have been tremendous. According to Regional Continuing Education Director Holly Wehrhahn, “We actually received more local corporate support than we have for days of the week for the camp! Continuing Education is proud and excited to continue this program and anticipate that it will become a valuable hiring tool for local industries.”
Lecturer Guy Campbell explains that “the exploration of a multi-faceted engineering program is designed to give students a feel for the wide range of things that an engineer might do.” Two class options are available – one with college credit ($499, with credit towards engineering degree), and a non-credit option ($299). The Engineering Bootcamp is held at the UW-Washington County campus in West Bend during the week of June 12-16. The week-long program includes transportation for the daily field trips to local industries, all project materials, and lunch. Early registration is recommended, as enrollment is limited. For more information about this program, visit www.ce.uwc.edu/washington/catalog or call (262) 335-5208.
UW-Washington County is located at 400 S. University Drive in West Bend.