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END USER INTERVIEW
“ We are always going to need these chemical plants around , so there is always going to be a big need for hoses , pumps and other mechanical equipment .”
“ We are always going to need these chemical plants around , so there is always going to be a big need for hoses , pumps and other mechanical equipment .”
Final Thoughts Today , now that he is mostly retired , Alonzo is becoming more and more focused on mentoring the next generation of young professionals . Like many industry professionals , he worries about a potential decline in overall interest in mechanical engineering .
“ There are some really , really smart kids coming out of college now , but it is still lacking ,” he said . “ We are missing the boat a little bit as far as education , compared to other countries , and we need to focus more on the basics .”
“ I think we would have more interest if students were exposed to engineering at an earlier age and if it was made to be more exciting ,” he said .
Mentorship is intensely important to Alonzo , and he believes that it is highly rewarding to mentor young engineers in the
workplace . “ Engineering is a great field . It is a great career ,” said Alonzo . “ Every day was different for me ; every day there were different challenges . I never had the same day twice .”

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