The Southwire Engineering Academy (SWEA) is a cooperative internship program for 11th- and 12th-grade Carrollton High School STEM program students. Developed by Southwire Company and Carrollton City Schools, SWEA promotes achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics while enabling students to apply these disciplines in a real-world manufacturing setting.
SWEA student teams are selected by school officials and demonstrate achievement in core STEM subject areas. For two semesters each year, these junior engineers attend school in the morning and the equivalent of two class periods at Southwire's headquarters in the afternoon. There, they are organized into teams and assigned to a Southwire project engineer and lead project engineer. These serve as supervisors for the duration of the semester, setting expectations and deadlines, monitoring progress and leading the teams daily work around manufacturing and product development tasks.
Whether applying root-cause analysis to improve production line efficiencies or identifying the correct mathematical formula to help utilities reduce waste by calculating how much wire is left on a partial reel, the teams gain hands-on experience, while learning to work quickly, efficiently and accurately to solve today's top business challenges.
Official Southwire Engineering Academy Webpage