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Exclusive engineering experience

Exclusive engineering experience

Staff Sgt. Reuben Krueger, 5th Civil Engineer Squadron heavy equipment operator, explains to Airman 1st Class Dallas Wainman, 5th Force Support Squadron outbound assignments technician, how to operate an excavator at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, Feb. 21, 2019. Participants were allowed to operate various pieces of heavy equipment during the Engineer Week Immersion tour. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Heather Ley)

Exclusive engineering experience

From left, Senior Airman Jacob Lang, 5th Civil Engineer Squadron electrical power production journeyman, shows Senior Airman Michael Ariori, 791st Maintenance Squadron technician, an oil filter on a power generator at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, Feb. 21, 2019. Ariori was selected to participate in the Engineer Week Immersion project to learn about the various jobs within 5 CES. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Heather Ley)

Exclusive engineering experience

Airman 1st Class Ron Mirabueno, 5th Civil Engineer Squadron water fuels systems maintenance apprentice, right, explains the process of receiving and monitoring jet fuel at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, Feb. 21, 2019. Mirabueno showed the Engineer Week Immersion participants the critical process of monitoring jet fuel. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Heather Ley)

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From left, Senior Airman Cedric Murphy, 5th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, helps Senior Airman Amanda Owen, 5th Force Support Squadron missile chef, put on bunker gear at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, Feb. 21, 2019. Owen was given the opportunity to try on bunker gear during the Engineer Week Immersion tour. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Heather Ley)

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Senior Airman Santiago Blair, 5th Civil Engineer Squadron construction inspector, shows Senior Airman Michael Ariori, 791st Maintenance Squadron technician, how to use a Trimble S5 Total Station during Engineer Week Immersion at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, Feb. 21, 2019. The Trimble S5 Total Station is used to collect data points for topography and building dimensions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Heather Ley)

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From right, Tech. Sgt. Adam Hills, 5th Civil Engineer Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of Emergency Management, teaches Senior Airman Amanda Owen and Airman 1st Class Dallas Wainman, engineer week immersion participants, what a GR-135 Plus Identifier does at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, Feb. 21, 2019. Hills taught the Airmen the various ways Emergency Management detects radiological sources. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Heather Ley)

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Senior Airman Ismael Del Toro, left, and Airman 1st Class Matthew Sharif, right, 5th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal apprentices, assist Senior Airman Nikaylah Davis, an Engineer Week Immersion participant, getting into an advanced bomb suit at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, Feb. 21, 2019. Bomb suits are used to protect the EOD team from threats associated with explosive devices. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Heather Ley)

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. --

Six Airmen from Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota were selected to participate in the Engineer Week Immersion to learn the various jobs within the 5th Civil Engineer Squadron, Feb. 21, 2019.

From operating an excavator to putting on full bunker gear, participants got to experience a day in the life of a Team Minot Engineer.

“The immersion was an opportunity for people [in different career fields] to see what we do,” said 2nd Lt. Tyler Rodriguez, 5th CES project programmer. “We have our hands in a lot of different things on base and we try to make sure everything runs smoothly.”

To show the various aspects of 5th CES, the participants were taken to several different shops to get a hands-on experience.

“As people mature and progress in their careers, they have opportunities to see what other career fields do,” said Lt. Col. Matthew Altman, 5th CES commander. “If we can expose what engineers do to other Airmen earlier on in their careers, it will give them a broader perspective to take back to their work centers.”

The participants traded a day at their work centers for a day dedicated to the tour, so they could fully immerse themselves into the engineering world.

“The Airmen were selected by their first sergeants to give us high performers who they thought would be good ambassadors to share what they learned from the immersion with their squadrons,” said Rodriguez.

The tour included visits to the following: power production, heavy equipment, water fuel maintenance systems, engineering flight, emergency management, the fire department and the explosive ordnance disposal team.

Throughout the day, each shop was eager to show the tour members their shop’s responsibilities and the importance they have on the mission.

“The engineers are excited to be a part of Team Minot,” said Altman. “We are very proud to contribute to the important missions of both wings and glad to have the opportunity to expose people to what we do.”

Although the participants for the Engineer Week Immersion were selected by their first sergeants, anyone interested in engineering has the opportunity to find out more.

“Anytime we have people interested in 5th CES, even outside of engineer week, we are more than happy to show other Airmen what we do,” said Rodriguez.