Engineering students compete in the sky at Havelock camp

Published: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 08:09 PM.

“The purpose of the workshop is twofold, to get them interested in military aviation as a career here in North Carolina and the other is just job enrichment,” said Bill Fortney, N.C. State University professor of engineering. “When they come out the other side, they are better engineers. They see engineering in action. They see it really working, so that it enriches what they are doing in the classroom.”

Fortney said the students are getting hands-on lessons.

“What Cherry Point has done is give them a very up-close look at the aircraft and what the engineers are doing, and it’s a very hands-on experience,” Fortney said. “They heard from structural engineers, what they do in maintaining the aircraft, all the repairs, then they went out on the production floor. They were climbing up on test stands. They were inside the aircraft. These were things that these students would never have an opportunity to do. Then they had a session on avionics.”

At New River, the students toured the flight line, met with pilots and maintenance crews, and then saw the simulators at the base.

The students had a second day at Cherry Point where they looked at engines and did a session on accident investigations.

“All the feedback was just phenomenal when they were through this exercise,” Fortney said.

Kenneth Palmer, 19, from Newport, was one of the student leaders in the program.

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