PWHS students explored engineering at De Nora Career Day

At De Nora Water Technologies, Inc. in Colmar, mechanical and chemical engineers work on developing disinfection and filtration systems to provide safe water sources and ensure safe wastewater for sites around the globe. Recently, the company welcomed students from Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS) for a taste of what a career in engineering might look like.

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“Seeing what De Nora does on a day-to-day basis was eye opening,” said PWHS student Tom Manley. “I really enjoyed the experience we had at the De Nora Career Day.”

After getting an overview of some of the company’s unique products and technology from De Nora Managing Director Daryl Weatherup and Project Technology Manager Stan Shmia, the students split into groups and rotated through four different areas: Applications Engineering, Project Engineering, Drafting and Computer-Aided Design, and the manufacturing floor.

“The De Nora Career Day showed us how what we do in class is applied in the real workplace,” said PWHS student Aiden Chuang. “We saw everything from the initial phases of the design process to detailed computer models to the creation of the final physical product.”

Students who signed up for the trip have taken courses like engineering, computer programming, product development and robotics at PWHS. Through project-based learning in their classes, they work in teams to use the engineering design process to solve problems, create prototypes and gain their first experience with professional tools and programs like AutoCAD and Inventor.

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“It was interesting to see how the tools we use at school were also used at De Nora, such as the 3-D printer,” said PWHS student Felix Raimondo. “The time at De Nora only solidified my interest in engineering.”

In addition to seeing men and women at work as engineers, the group also had the opportunity to visit the financial department to learn about budgeting and other areas that contribute to the production process.

“At De Nora, we are committed to research and development for a better future in a sustainable way,” said Mr. Weatherup. “We are thrilled to have had such an enthusiastic group of intelligent students and faculty focused on STEAM careers with us for the day to see what a career in clean technology is all about.”

The De Nora Career Day was the idea of De Nora employee and Colonial School District parent Tiffany Khuu who worked with the management team and Denise Marks, Colonial School District’s Curriculum Supervisor of Career Pathways, to make it a reality.

De Nora is a multinational leader in sustainable technologies that offers energy-saving products and water treatment solutions. Globally, De Nora is the major provider of electrodes for electrochemical processes and is among the leaders in technologies and processes for the filtration and disinfection of water. With headquarters in Milan, the company has grown organically by continuous innovation and through acquisitions in the United States, United Kingdom, Japan and Italy. It serves clients in 119 countries and has a physical presence in 11 countries worldwide with 19 offices, 12 manufacturing facilities and three research and development centers in Italy, the United States and Japan. De Nora's intellectual property portfolio currently contains 355 patent families with more than 3,000 territorial extensions and about 90 trademarks all over the world.

Could PWHS students benefit from a visit to your company? Contact Denise Marks at 610-834-1670, ext. 2151, or click here to send an email.