Engineers play an important role at Georgia-Pacific. In fact, their problem-solving skills and curiosity for how things work are essential to making sure our many businesses across the nation run smoothly and efficiently. We have more than 700 employees with engineering titles in areas such as electrical, mechanical, chemical and environmental.
During National Engineers Week (Feb. 16 -22), we will show our support for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education with a new video that features engineers at our Monticello, Miss., and Norcross, Ga., facilities.
At Georgia-Pacific we believe the STEM fields are key to building a competitive workforce and fostering innovation. However, women in particular are often underrepresented in these fields, holding less than 25 percent of STEM jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Out of the more than 350 engineers we hired in 2013, 20 percent were women. We hope our video encourages more women to pursue STEM careers, as well as sparks their interest in working for a manufacturing company like Georgia-Pacific.
In a related effort during Women’s History Month in March, Georgia-Pacific is sponsoring a Twitter STEM chat that will bring together parents, educators and STEM professionals to share ideas and resources that will encourage young girls to pursue these fields. Follow along with us at the hashtag: #STEMchat on March 18, 8-9 p.m. EST, and join in the conversation.