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Engineering A Future Career

A Massapequa High School senior Daniel Verrico got a hands on lesson in engineering.

National Grid is helping high school students from New York and New England take an important step to becoming engineers with the fourth year of its “Engineering Pipeline Program,” the centerpiece of the company’s global “Engineering Our Future” initiative designed to inspire youth and attract and develop engineers for tomorrow’s workforce. More than 70 high school students from across National Grid’s service in New York State and New England were selected to participate in the development program that creates a recruitment pathway to encourage promising high school students to become engineers.

The program, which ran from July 15 through July 26, provided students with exposure to National Grid and engineering through classroom instruction, hands-on activities, site visits, research, and projects. The six-year program includes opportunities for paid internships, mentoring, job shadowing, networking opportunities and fast-track employment with National Grid.  

The first week is an introduction to engineering academy for high school juniors and the second week is the future of engineering academy which is for returning students with more advanced classes in electricity and natural gas.

Students learn about the electric system and natural gas infrastructure. During the gas workshop students learn how to cut pipe and how to fuse it back together, using the same equipment that is used in the field by National Grid Gas operations.

“These students are able to met other high school students with the same interests, have some hands on experience and see what the challenges engineers have to work on every day,” said Ed Ruszkowski, Downstate Learning Development Regional Gas Manager National Grid.