Engineering technology ranks high on Jeffrey Lang’s list of career interests. Earning 143 hours, he was placed at General Dynamics Mission Systems/VIZ.
For more than 50 years, this division has developed communication products, integrating them into secure networks that deliver vital information for military, homeland security and public safety professionals. While interning at General Dynamics Jeffrey used their CoMotion® program, experimented with HTML, Java Script and Ruby, and was able to build a project through coding with Python. Working alongside the General Dynamics professionals provided Jeffrey with the opportunity to observe and learn programming. General Dynamics was a good fit for Jeffrey’s interests and skill set. He also found the open office layout and exceptionally friendly atmosphere to be a great working environment.
As a result of this internship, Jeffrey expanded his programming, coding and design systems skills. A new understanding of information architecture, XML coding and graphic user interface all served to cement Jeffrey’s career plans. Jeffrey lists coder/designer and software, mechanical and electrical engineering as his specific areas of interest. His mentor, Applications Specialist and Trainer Charles Agnew believes Jeffery is right on track.
Looking forward, Jeffrey plans to attend Penn State University or the University of Pittsburgh to study mechanical, electrical or chemical engineering. Although Jeffrey’s future remains trained on an engineering degree, he acknowledges that the internship generated greater interest in the computer field than he anticipated.
The City High Difference
When asked about noticeable differences at City High from traditional high schools, Jeffrey felt the extra academic hour of class each day was an adjustment. But Jeffrey also echoed the sentiments of City High’s many students in his praise of its teachers saying that, “They are all great and kind, and really want you to pass.”
The Pittsburgh Promise
Jeffery, like the majority of his City High classmates is also eligible to receive The Pittsburgh Promise Scholarship that is based on GPA, attendance and Pittsburgh residency.