More than 60 people attended this year’s Engineering for Educators, an annual Waikato Engineering Careers Association event encouraging technology teachers to rub shoulders with industry leaders and to visit a high-tech engineering business.
WECA members, affiliates and educators turned out to GEA Avapac in Hamilton for the 2014 event, giving them a glimpse of the “under the radar” company’s state-of-the-art premises and workshop filled with projects in various stages of completion.
WECA manager Mary Jensen said Engineering for Educators gives teachers “real world” connections by taking them from the classroom to the coalface of industry.
“The engineering sector is literally evolving all the time and this event is a great way for educators to stay informed and connected. It is very important for them to see the many types and levels of engineering jobs available to their students,” Mary said.
Educators are often “blown away” by the major role Waikato-based engineering businesses play on the global export market, she said.
“If they can see the doors that can open for young people in engineering careers they can better encourage more students to enter this lucrative and fulfilling industry.”
GEA Avapac specialises in the manufacture of bag filling equipment, predominantly for export.
GEA Avapac managing director Gary Stannard encouraged teachers, students and parents to make ongoing connections with engineering companies.
“Most people really don’t understand engineering and the great opportunities available in the sector. Probably one of the best things they can do it see it for themselves,” Gary said.
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