The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) provides full-life-cycle support of naval aviation aircraft, weapons and systems operated by Sailors and Marines. This includes research, design, development and systems engineering; acquisition; test and evaluation; training facilities and equipment; repair and modification; and in-service engineering and logistics support.
Approximately half of NAVAIR’s 23,000-personcivilian workforce has either an engineering or science degree. NAVAIR’s ability to support the development of systems used by Sailors and Marines depends on maintaining a highly educated, technical workforce. Reaching out to today’s scientific and engineering students is crucial.
NAVAIR’s STEM outreach programs include several educational components. NAVAIR scientists and engineers reach out to local teachers and help them prepare to teach science and engineering (S&E) disciplines. This involves assisting with curricula and visiting classrooms to address students’ challenging questions. The command also brings students to NAVAIR facilities to perform hands-on activities in the laboratories and show them how we apply S&E concepts in real life.
NAVAIR engages in many STEM workforce programs, including:
- Mentoring local high school students in engineering classes and robotics/engineering clubs
- Participating in the Science Engineering Apprenticeship Program, which provides internship opportunities for high school students
- Participating in the Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program, which provides research opportunities for undergraduate students
- Providing opportunities for several hundred summer hire students to assist with S&E activities
- Participating in the Science, Mathematics & Research Transformation Scholars Program
- Providing internships to students with disabilities who are part of the Workforce Recruitment Program
- Supporting large national diversity organizations by sponsoring their recruiting events
- Supporting current workforce development efforts by sponsoring scientific and research projects proposed and conducted by the workforce, and by supporting employees who are pursuing advanced degrees
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