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AFE November/December 2013 : Page 30

AFE SPOTLIGHT: AFE NEW ENGLAND CHAPTERS FOCUS ON THE FUTURE At the New England Aquarium, following the September AFE meeting, Mass. Maritime students assemble with George Howe, professor and engineering department chair (right). neers. The aforementioned scholarships are awarded to students pursuing degrees or certifications to advance their careers in facilities engineering and management or those pursuing studies in engineering-related fields. ■ AFE Springfield Chapter 85 in Pioneer Valley gives out an annual scholarship to a student pursuing a career in facilities engineering. Special consideration is given to family members of the local AFE Chapter 85 members. ■ AFE Granite State Chapter 140 in New Hampshire awards annual scholarships to the children of AFE members who are attending an accredited college or university full time and maintaining high grades in an engineering, facilities management and/or technology-related fi eld. ■ AFE “Rhody” Chapter 63 in Rhode Island runs an annual golf outing in September with proceeds going towards its annual AFE student scholarship program. A clear path to facilities engineering Since the career pathway for many in the profession has been non-traditional or even accidental, eff orts to help steer students to a more intentional facilities management career are also im-portant. In the past, the route to discovering facilities manage-ment may have included having a friend or family member in it already, or coming across it in a course catalog. Th e local AFE chapter scholarships shine the light on facili-ties management as a career option. “We hope our eff orts to make the facility engineering profession more visible encourage a greater number of students to explore a career in it and to see its many opportunities and rewards,” said Paul Cantrell, CPE, CHFM, AFE Region 8 vice president and director of Facility Operations for Concord Hospital in Concord, New Hampshire. a predecessor organization, the Boston Plant Engineers Club. This organization eventually became AFE after first evolving into the American Institute of Plant Engi-Increasing overall public awareness of the profession When chapters run scholarship programs, they help grow AFE’s visibility in local communities, which in turn, helps bring AFE and the facilities industry into the public eye. Whether through word-of-mouth or local news coverage of scholarships and event, the public is made aware of the health, safety and security eff orts made by facilities professionals. Not to mention, these programs also position local chapters as good citizens. “In the early days of the industry, there was no clear career path for a facilities professional,” noted Cantrell. “Now, with AFE desig-nations like the CPE and CPMM, individuals who choose a facili-ties engineering career can gain world-class competence in their industry and can demonstrate more value to the corner offi ce.” Other student programs offer “slice of life” perspective Some local chapters don’t stop at scholarships. Many entice young people into the industry by giving them a taste of life inside the industry through facilities tours to see how day-to-day 30 November/December 2013 ■ Facilities Engineering Journal ■

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