A Day In The Life

Students are treated like a real Southwire employee.

From the moment they arrive at Southwire's headquarters in Carrollton, Ga., the junior engineers are treated like real Southwire employees. Each one is given an employee badge, must sign in on each workday, and is expected to conduct him or herself in a professional manner. Below is a typical day in the life of a SWEA student.

12:15 p.m.

Arriving at Southwire

SWEA students arrive at Southwire by 12:15 p.m. There, they join their assigned team and are greeted by their project or lead project engineer.

Safety first

At the start of the program, students must attend safety training sessions conducted at the school. This continues at Southwire, where project engineers review the safety board and discuss safety best practices after the teams arrive. Before heading out to the plant floor, each junior engineer dons safety goggles, steel-toed boots and hearing protection.

12:30 – 2:45 p.m.


The teams quickly review their ongoing engineering challenges and then get to work. Some head to the plant floor to pull data from extrusion line equipment as part of a root-cause analysis exercise to improve production-line efficiency. Others gather for a meeting with the plant manager to discuss their plan to assist in developing a visual display of performance metrics.

On days where a walkthrough presentation is scheduled, each team spends 20 minutes presenting its key project findings and next steps to all of the project engineers, Southwire's management team, school officials and fellow teams.

3:00 p.m.

Clocking Out

The time goes quickly as the teams work together to finish their assigned tasks by deadline. It's now time to clean up workstations, record progress updates, clock out and head home.

Acceptance is just the beginning

Even before the program starts, SWEA candidates begin learning what's required to be successful in the workplace. Before he or she is accepted, each must go through a typical job screening process, from pre-employment interviews to drug screening — providing an important first look into life after college.

@ 2012 Southwire Company | www.southwire.com
One Southwire Drive | Carrollton, Georgia 30119