Kelsey Hewitt knew at a young age that she was interested in engineering. As many students do, she stumbled upon this career field in middle school during a career speaker day. “I had a big interest in math, science and problem solving,” Hewitt says.
Hewitt went on to obtain an internship through Kirkwood Workplace Learning Connection at Collins Aerospace. “It was the summer after my junior year of high school and it really opened me up to new possibilities.”
Upon successful completion of a Mechanical Engineering degree at Iowa State University, Hewitt chose to embark on a career at The ESCO Group. ESCO is a local engineering firm in Marion that provides a variety of services such as: electrical engineering, project management, safety training and automation. “I design electrical control panels that are the brains behind the machines. I do a lot of electrical design layout as well.”
“I love that I can always learn new things when I’m doing it. Every project has something new that I learn that can be applied to something else.” Hewitt emphasized the importance of exploring multiple careers while still in school by trying an internship or job shadow.
Engineering is considered a high demand occupation by the state of Iowa with a 22% growth expected by 2025 and an average starting salary of $51,152. It’s also a highly requested internship experience amongst local high school students. In fact, Kirkwood Workplace Learning Connection recently reported the critical need for businesses to volunteer to host a student intern.
Additionally, students can learn about this specific job by seeking out the job profile on Community Promise. These exist for students to see where high demand jobs are needed in the area over the next two years. Think of them as careers where future talent is always being pursued. We want to expose and inspire youth about careers they might one day pursue.