Students from around the country sign up for the Hydrogeology Field Course at Western Michigan University in order to gain experience with equipment and applications that will prepare them for the workplace in ways a textbook never could.
In a competitive job market, it stands to reason that students who graduate with the most practical experience in their field will have an edge when it comes to landing a plum position. But how does a university provide that experience in a manageable, repeatable and affordable way?
Western Michigan University has partnered with equipment manufacturers, regulatory agencies, industry experts and other regional partners to offer a six-week Hydrogeology Field Course that professor Dr. Matt Reeves says is the only opportunity most students will get to practice monitoring and testing techniques, work with top-quality equipment, and prepare professional-quality reports.
Reeves co-directs the course and teaches one-week modules on aquifer testing and remediation. For the Aquifer Testing module, In-Situ provides…