Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command

NAVFAC Civil Engineer Corps Officer Motivates Students

02/21/13 12:00 AM

Contact: Annalisa Cachin
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By Annalisa Cachin, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic

NORFOLK (NNS) - A Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic Civil Engineer Corps (CEC) officer spoke to students at Larrymore Elementary School in Norfolk Feb. 15 as part of a kickoff to National Engineers Week 2013.

Lt. Henry Suter of Public Works Department Little Creek, Va. participated in the school's College and Career Day to promote awareness in naval engineering.

"I wanted to teach them what Navy engineers do on a daily basis, that it can be fun and exciting, that Navy engineers don't have to be in the military, and that there are opportunities for all in Navy engineering fields," said Suter.

"Celebrate Awesome" is this year's Engineers Week theme and Suter took the opportunity to show first through fifth grade students what Navy engineers do on a daily basis. He showed students photos of NAVFAC engineers working on construction sites for new enlisted quarters and runway repairs, environmental engineers working with wildlife around the base, and crane operators lifting aircraft onto carriers.

Additionally, Suter added that the students wanted to know if an engineer's job is dangerous and whether they have to do a lot of math and reading as part of the job.

"One thing I wanted the group to take away from the presentation was that there are future opportunities for them as a Navy engineer, even if they are not in the military," said Suter. "I would also tell students who are looking into a career as an engineer to apply themselves now, learn the math and science skills to solve problems, and learn art to stimulate creativity-it will help them solve problems when traditional solutions won't work."

NAVFAC engineers, both military and civilian, have a presence on every Navy base throughout the world, working around the clock on matters from public works to building design, environmental assessment and energy development, to expeditionary engineering and disaster recovery.

National Engineers Week is celebrated Feb. 17-23.

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