Future engineers in-training look to Sikorsky

Gov. Malloy outlines new agreement to keep Sikorsky in Connecticut (Photo: Chris Collibee @ChrisCollibee)
Gov. Malloy outlines new agreement to keep Sikorsky in Connecticut (Photo: Chris Collibee @ChrisCollibee)

STRATFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — At the same time Sikorsky made their big announcement Wednesday, the next generation of engineers and possible Sikorsky employees is working hard at community colleges across Connecticut.

“It’s a place that you want to work,” said Professor Lee Panagoulias. “Not just a job. It’s going to be a profession.”

Panagoulias is a former research engineer at Sikorsky. He’s now teaching digital circuitry at Gateway in New Haven, and is confident in his groups ability to excel after college.

“These individuals do theory, but also demonstrate by building, testing, explaining and showing you ways to improve it,” Panagoulias said. “This is where they should hire.”

Wednesday’s lesson is a computer simulation, then physical construction of a circuit.

“I like engineering. That’s just what I like to do,” said Rahul Patel.

Patel is a student from Branford, and hopes to land a job at a sophisticated manufacturing company like Sikorsky after graduation.

“Oh yeah,” Patel said. “It’s all good because that means the investment in college is going to pay off if we get good paying jobs. That’s the kind of company you’re always looking for.”

It’s a diverse group of students, all from the area. They now study together with a common interest and common aspirations for a bright future.

“I want to learn more about computers. Software and hardware, stuff like that,” said Abraham Adjo, a student from Hamden. “It seems interesting and the whole world is based on computers so why not learn.”

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