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  • RWRD to participate in 2nd Annual Construction Career Days

    Nov 03, 2015 | Read More News
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    Pima County’s Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department (RWRD) will participate in the 2nd Annual Southern Arizona Construction Career Days Nov. 5-6 to show local high school students what the sewer infrastructure looks like, how it works, and to make them aware of the career paths available to them. 

    The Arizona Transportation Builders Association (ATB) will host the two-day event at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds, 4823 S. 6th Avenue, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Approximately 1000 juniors and seniors from high schools throughout the region with industry-related programs will participate.
     
    “This event gives them a glimpse of the diverse careers in these industries,” said Ramon Gaanderse, executive director for ATB. “It’s like a real-life construction site, they’ll get to wear hard hats and vests. This is also an opportunity for the industries to compete to entice students.”

    Wastewater staff has lined-up plenty of hands-on activities to generate excitement for the industry that is generally “out of sight and out of mind,” said Louis Romero, Civil Engineer with RWRD. “The best way to educate the public about Wastewater’s role in maintaining a clean environment is to show them first-hand the tools, technology and skills that we use to perform our everyday tasks.”

    Students will learn how to operate the equipment used to locate underground sewer lines, assemble sewer pipe connections and use a lab microscope to see the organisms used to clean wastewater. In addition, they will have the unique opportunity to not only observe but also operate the robotic sewer camera in an actual sewer line located at the Rodeo Grounds. The department also plans to have several sewer maintenance vehicles on display.

    “This is an excellent opportunity to showcase the numerous career opportunities within Wastewater and other utilities in our community.  One of the biggest issues facing our utility is an aging work force and attrition due to retirement.  Every opportunity to introduce young local talent to this industry is a chance to fill our pipeline with future employees [no pun intended],” said Jackson Jenkins, RWRD Director.

    The ATB has invited several other mining, engineering and utility industries including Southwest Gas and Tucson Water and plans to continue expanding the event in years to come. 

    For more information about the event visit  Southern Arizona's Construction Career Days webpage or call 520.623.0444.