Tolteq’s Approach to a National Goal

Tolteq’s Approach to a National Goal

By Todd Campau
March 3, 2015
Lately, there’s been quite a bit of discussion on how to get more school age girls interested in pursuing degrees in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. Expertise in those fields is critical in the oil & gas industry.

Tolteq Group, LLC, (Tolteq) understands that developing world-class talent in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is critical to America’s global leadership. We see synergies in pursuit of increasing the participation of women and girls in STEM fields with our company growth.

To that end, we recently hosted three girls and one boy from a local high school during career week. The students shadowed mentors in engineering, software and marketing departments then presented their findings. Everyone enjoyed their experiences.

A partial explanation for the smaller number of girls pursuing STEM fields could be the lack of role models for young girls. Tolteq is the exception. In addition to the exceptional guidance and mentorship provided by engineers Troy, Jacob, and Jim – the students were able to speak with and seek advice from engineers Jane, Deva, Annette, Rachel, Usha, and Katelynn – quality, computer, process engineering, software and industrial systems experts.

Rachel is a new addition to our Quality Assurance department. Asked why she chose to pursue a career in engineering and specifically at Tolteq she stated, “This field offers constant exercise of the mind, a fast pace and ongoing learning opportunities so you don’t get bored.“

Annette, a Process Engineer in the manufacturing group understands the value of mentorship. “Get a mentor, don’t hesitate to ask for help. Take advantage of every opportunity offered and if none exist, go find one!” That methodical inquisitiveness has served her well at Tolteq and helped streamline some processes which in turn, have reduced production cycle lengths.

In general, mentorship is a great tool for understanding your role and navigating an industry. Pink Petro™ is a website geared toward women in the Oil & Gas industry. Its membership includes women, as well as men, all of whom benefit from the professional connections made and developed. Check in next month to learn how Tolteq mentors local high school students studying STEM subjects.

The chance to apply critical thinking skills, learn new things, work with various departments, and improve manufacturing processes offers professional/personal growth to our employees, is a value add to Tolteq and a great learning opportunity for the high school students. Tolteq is leading the STEM campaign by example and in the process, reaping the rewards.


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