Portland District hosts more than 100 students as part of National Engineers Week

During Portland District's Engineering Day, Feb. 18, students toured the Park Avenue West Tower construction site hosted by TMT Development, KPFF and Hoffman Construction then, back at District headquarters, rotated through a series of hands-on workshops and discussion panels. (Photo by Amber Tilton, The Dalles Lock and Dam)

During Portland District’s Engineering Day, Feb. 18, students toured the Park Avenue West Tower construction site hosted by TMT Development, KPFF and Hoffman Construction then, back at District headquarters, rotated through a series of hands-on workshops and discussion panels. (Photo by Amber Tilton, The Dalles Lock and Dam)

By Erica Jensen, Public Affairs Office

A visit to the construction site for a new Portland high-rise building was the highlight of the Portland District’s 2014 Engineering Day.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers partnered with TMT Development, KPFF and Hoffman Construction to give more than 100 area high school students a close up look at real-world application of engineering and construction at the Park Avenue West Tower construction in downtown Portland, Ore.   At the site, students learned from design engineers how the building was designed and the project engineer explained how on-site work is managed.

The day began at 8 a.m. with a welcome by Portland District Commander Lt. Col. Glenn Pratt. Engineer-In-Training employees from Engineering and Construction and the Hydroelectric Design Center escorted students throughout the day, serving as their mentors answering questions and explaining what the students were experiencing.

Students get busy learning and building during one of Portland District's Engineering Day interactive workshops Feb. 18. (Photo by Amber Tilton, The Dalles Lock and Dam)

Students get busy learning and building during one of Portland District’s Engineering Day interactive workshops Feb. 18. (Photo by Amber Tilton, The Dalles Lock and Dam)

Together, students and mentors  rotated through a series of hands-on workshops and discussion panels which allowed them a closer look at distinct engineering disciplines and other career relevant issues.

The Society of American Military Engineers provided a complimentary luncheon and sponsored a mini job fair staffed by local engineering firms and Oregon State University. Portland District staff also hosted a booth providing information on its EIT progam and other student job opportunities.

The day was a huge success as summed up by Columbia River High School’s Dave Bennett and his students, “I just wanted to thank you for all your work on the event. Both our students and myself thought the day was fantastic.”

Thanks, Dave, the Portland District thought the day was fantastic too.

 

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