Creating Tomorrows Engineers

The Southwire Engineering Academy (SWEA) is a cooperative internship program for 11th and 12th grade students focused on STEM connected disciplines. SWEA promotes achievement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics while enabling students to apply these disciplines in a real-world manufacturing setting.

At Southwire's state-of-the-art production facilities in Carrollton, Georgia, junior SWEA engineers develop and sharpen valuable hands-on experiences, while working with one of the largest wire and cable manufacturers in the world. In addition to learning about a variety of engineering disciplines – including industrial, mechanical and electrical engineering – the teams experience how these disciplines are applied every day to meet modern manufacturing and product development objectives.

SWEA teams learn to look at challenges differently. Working alongside the industry's brightest engineering minds, they are given either manufacturing or product development tasks to complete using traditional engineering principles.  From using root-cause analysis to detect production line inefficiencies, to identifying the right mathematical formulas to calculate the footage of wire on a partial reel to reduce waste. SWEA students are solving real-world challenges. This program teaches students important lessons in leadership, teamwork, innovation and perseverance.  

Since the fall of 2011, over 200 students have participated in the internship program. Today's demand for engineering, science, technology and mathematics — plus a constant supply of real-world business challenges — make SWEA a uniquely effective and sustainable model for both businesses and schools.

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