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  • RWRD participates in 3rd annual Construction Career Days

    Oct 26, 2016 | Read More News
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    construction career daysPima County’s Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department (RWRD) is participating in the 3rd Annual Southern Arizona Construction Career Days, Oct. 27-28 to show local high school students what sewer infrastructure looks like, how it works, and to make them aware of the career paths available to them. 

    Southern Arizona Construction Career Days, Inc., a non-profit corporation, hosts the two-day event at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds, 4823 S. 6th Avenue, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Approximately 1,250 juniors and seniors from high schools throughout the region with industry-related programs will participate.
    “We’re really excited to host the 3rd Annual Construction Career Days in Tucson,” said Ramon Gaanderse, executive director for the Arizona Transportation Builders Association. “Thirty high schools from all over Southern Arizona will participate in this event which gives the students a real-life glimpse into a career in a construction-related industry.”

    This event opens students to career paths they did not know existed.   

    “When you ask a student what they want to do when they grow up, treat wastewater is not a common response,” said Roy Flores, Civil Engineer with RWRD. “However, in an industry that exists in an out of sight and out of mind world, we can show students the tools, equipment, technology, and skills that we use to perform our everyday tasks. We have also developed hands-on activities that students will find quite engaging.” 

    During this event, students talk to wastewater professionals about the type of work they do and participate in hands-on activities. Students will get a chance to operate the equipment used to locate underground sewer lines, learn to 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.  

    “As the second largest wastewater utility in Arizona, this event gives us a chance to showcase the numerous career opportunities within Wastewater, and provides other utilities the chance to showcase theirs,” said Jackson Jenkins, RWRD Director. “One of the most significant issues that our utility faces 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].”

    For more information about the event, visit Southern Arizona's Construction Career Days webpage or call (520) 623-0444.

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