Young engineers step into big footprints at GE – New York News

General Electric hires some of the brightest young engineers to continue its legacy of innovation, then works to grow their talent. In this week’s installment of The Daily Gazette’s coverage of GE’s 125th anniversary, we talk to three young engineers in GE’s Edison Engineering Development Program and the chemical engineer who leads the program at the Global Research Center in Niskayuna.

SCHENECTADY — Young engineers have help as they start their careers at General Electric.

Formally and informally, mentorship and guidance are offered to the hundreds of engineers who join the company each year, with the goal of creating an atmosphere in which they can feel inspired and confident, rather than intimidated or overwhelmed.

Three young GE engineers spoke recently to The Daily Gazette about their experiences and ambitions, and about the idea of making their own way in a company with such an extensive history of invention and innovation. Each sees that legacy as an opportunity to excel, rather than a burden to live up to.

The engineers work at the GE Global Research Center in Niskayuna, and each is part of the Edison Engineering Development Program, a highly selective process that rotates new hires through three or more areas of research over the course of up to three years.

Broader Horizons

Jen Gavin, 25, an Orlando native who holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in mechanical engineering from Florida State University, set out to do “classical” mechanical engineering in her career — hands-on work with moving parts. She thought she would do all of her Edison rotations in that field, but she has…

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