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On the Path to Becoming an Engineer

Engineering Fellows Program participants review designs with the Village Council Engineer at the Hashimiyah girls’ school project.

“There are more than 13,000 registered engineers in the West Bank,” said Ma’moun Abu Rayan, the Program Coordinator for the Engineering Fellows Program at the Engineering Association. With this pool of skilled labor, new engineers often cannot find an opportunity to prove themselves. Many new engineering graduates might have stellar grades and an understanding of engineering theory, but within a trade where candidates are often required to have some practical work experience, it is difficult to get shortlisted for a well-paid position. Many engineering students find themselves faced with this challenge after graduating: getting work without work experience.