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AFE November/December 2013 : Page 31

AFE Region 8 Paul Cantrell, CPE, CHFM, congratulates an AFE scholarship recipient from Massachusetts Maritime Academy (right) as AFE Chapter 33 president Alan Ouellet (center) looks on. Photo courtesy of AFE. Photo courtesy of Gary Powell CPMM, Chapter 33 Secretary. operations are run. Several local chapters have launched pro-grams to include students in facilities tours and chapter meetings in order to give them a bird’s eye view of what most don’t see— the underbelly of systems like water, cooling, heating, electricity, IT and security. Touring facilities, hospitals and manufacturers opens the door to witnessing the variety of job opportunities that exist in the fi eld. Th e chance to speak with those already working in the profession help students imagine their own futures. Th ese opportunities off er a better understanding of the history and potential for employment in the industry in ways that might not come across as clearly in a classroom setting. “It’s an exciting time to be in facilities engineering – our members make a real diff erence in the operational environ-ments of our organizations, and they can derive great pro-fessional satisfaction knowing they are making a positive contribution to the everyday experiences of our organization’s workers and clientele,” said Cantrell. “Sharing this with those who would be a part of our future is important.” Engaging students early in AFE activities Making students aware of AFE and inviting them to participate in local chapter activities is a great way to give a boost to those just starting their careers. Potential facilities employees appreci-ate knowing that there is an AFE support system available to help them chart a successful career. Post graduation, this early exposure to AFE can help new facilities employees position themselves for long-term career success because they are able to take advantage of all that AFE provides — from camaraderie and trusted advice from peers to access to career opportunities and professional development. Th e scholarships and other student programs help spread the word that this is a great profession—and align perfectly with AFE’s commitment to lifelong learning. FEJ Showing students the impact of a career in facility engineering Students evaluate potential careers around issues like op-portunities for advancement as well as doing interesting and meaningful work. Young people today want to make a real impact in the workplace, and students quickly learn that a facilities management career gives them the chance to this and more. When students understand how facilities, operations and engineering professionals play a critical role in keeping the country’s infrastructure secure and well-managed, for many, the industry becomes more compelling. November/December 2013 ■ Facilities Engineering Journal ■ 31

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