What Does the Future of Engineering Look Like?
Our CTL Cleveland branch hosted a group of high school students for “Engineer for a Day”, an annual program put on by Cleveland State University. CTL’s Project Manager, Vince Ujcich and Lab Manager, Chad Hankins, briefed the students on the history of CTL, NICET (National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies), ASCET (American Society of Certified Engineering Technicians), ACI (American Concrete Institute) and the scholarship and grant money that is available.
Their first stop was the soils lab for hands-on demonstrations of soil classification, sieving aggregates, pounding proctors, as well as plan reading and a demonstration of the nuclear density gauge. All demonstrations were conducted by Lab Manager Chad Hankins, Project Manager Ed Isabella, and Technician, Stephanie Rinaldi.
Next step was the concrete lab where Lab Manager, Dave Stankiewicz, took over. With the help of Technician, Stephanie Rinaldi, the group was introduced to the fine art of floor flatness testing, how to cap test specimens, capping compound, breaking a cylinder, grout cubes, mortar cubes, and details of a concrete report.
To round out the day, the students were treated to a continental breakfast and a grilled burgers & brats lunch by CTL’s grill master and Technician, Austin Pumper. A lively discussion and Q&A session was held over the lunch table.