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NAWCWD graduates 11 ESDP

Captain Storch, Scott O’Neil, and ESDP Graduates

NAWCWD Vice Commander Capt. Mark Storch and NAWCWD Executive Director Scott O'Neil join the Engineer and Scientist Development Program graduates who were present for the graduation ceremony on Feb. 7 at China Lake. Pictured from left are John Ma, Jayson Brouchoud, Storch, Jim McKnight, O'Neil, Johnny Vo, Christopher Millett, Hung Doan, Meghan Baronowski, Casey Carr and Amanda Lazar.
Graduates not present for the ceremony were Jonathan Huber, Marc Stockbauer and Philip Aberer. Photo by Dan O'Connor.

Date: 28-Feb-08
News Release Number: ECL200802281
By Staci Mathews NAWCWD Public Affairs

The Engineer and Scientist Development Program (ESDP) graduated 11 employees during its winter ceremony held Feb. 7 in Michelson Lab at China Lake.

"I want to congratulate all of you with this milestone and I encourage you to continue to develop personally and develop skills to contribute to the Weapons Division work force," said Scott O'Neil, NAWCWD executive director.

"You all bring creativity to the work here at China Lake," said Capt. Mark Storch, NAWCWD vice commander. "Everything you do each day makes us prevail in combat."

Jim McKnight, the China Lake ESDP site technical coordinator, announced the names of the graduates, 10 from China Lake and one from Point Mugu. The graduates were Amanda Lazar, Casey Carr, Christopher Millett, Jayson Brouchoud, John Ma, Jonathan Huber, Marc Stockbauer, Meghan Baronowski, Phillip Aberer, Johnny Vo and Hung Doan. Upon receiving their plaques, the graduates expressed appreciation for the fun and exciting tours they were able to explore and shared their thoughts on the program.

"The highlight of the program was the ability to tour, mentor and get involved with the various group activities," said Lazar, a mechanical engineer in the Ordnance Test and Evaluation Division. "The program was a great opportunity to become passionate about your job and to understand what you contribute supports the warfighter."

Enthusiasm was heard from the graduates throughout the ceremony as they shared their most memorable experiences as an EDDP graduate.

"My most memorable experience was being certified to drive a military humvee," said Baronowski, a materials engineer in the materials engineering branch.

An employee will enter the program either as a DP-1 or DP-2. Generally, the ESDP graduate will have three developmental events and associated requirements to accomplish over a three-to-five-year span to enhance their career. The developmental events are tours, formal classroom training and a progressive increase in level of responsibility.

"ESDP provides benefits with touring and training to become an effective journeyman engineer," said McKnight. "These tours not only open up doors, but it has increased their network among employees."

The rotational assignments or tour requirements within the program are equivalent to the former Junior Professional Program, which dates back to the 1940s. Requirements indicate at least three tours of about three months, with one of the tours to be performed outside the hiring department and needs to be accomplished within the first 12 to 18 months. At the end of the final tour, the ESDP graduate selects a permanent position from the technical areas and will focus more specifically on acquiring knowledge, skills and abilities within one particular organization.

The formal classroom training consists of two requirements and these are fulfilling level II certification within the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act; and completing at least 300 hours of formal training within the various technical and professional disciplines. The final requirement of the program is for the ESDP graduate to demonstrate performance as a journeyman engineer or scientist and be promoted to a DP-3.

"It's important for all employees who go through this program to establish contacts and network because it creates a foundation," said Betty Miller, of the Professional Recruiting Office. "It is outstanding to watch an employee grow and move from a DP-1 to a DP-3 position."

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