GUCA Partners with CEFGA to bring World of Utility Construction and Heavy Equipment to Students
FOREST PARK, GA — The Georgia Utility Contractors Association, Inc. (GUCA) took part in the 12th Annual Construction Career EXPO sponsored by the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA), Transportation Education Foundation of Georgia (TEFGA). The two day event took place Thursday, March 17and Friday, March 18, 2016 to reach 6,988 total attendees including 4,847 students, 2,141 instructors, parents and administrators, industry guests, volunteers and exhibitors (from over 216 schools and 326 organizations), designed to promote careers in construction and give students the opportunity to meet employers, was held at the Georgia International Convention Center drawing record crowds, and in tumultuous economic times, CEFGA Executive Director, Scott Shelar, calls it “nothing short of amazing.”
Members of the GUCA participated in this event which had two areas designated just for utility construction. This year the utility construction industry area stepped forward once again with a hands-on experience for the students. A student favorite and probably biggest draw of the event again this year was sponsored by GUCA member companies Anderson Grading & Pipeline, LLC; Cowin Equipment Company, Inc.; Civil Site Services, Inc.; Flint Equipment Company; Tractor & Equipment Company; and, Yancey Bros. Co. where students were allowed to operate and perform certain tasks on heavy equipment. Students could operate three large excavators, three mini excavators, and one stand up loader. The students tried their skills in picking up balls and placing them in containers with the mini excavator and moving large piles of mulch with the large excavators. GUCA members also had booths set up so students could find out about opportunities for careers in the utility construction industry. Western Summit Constructors, Inc. brought a heavy equipment computer simulator to show students how utility contractors install underground utilities, which they found very interesting. Students were lined up to take their turn on the simulator. Clayton County Water Authority held a “Meter Madness” contest where students reassembled water meters and those with the best times were awarded various prizes and Henry County Water and Sewer Authority had a hands-on demonstration of how rain affects jobsites, etc. GUCA Safety & Education Director Bradley Sorrells and Safety Instructor Billy Townsend assisted the students in performing simulated CPR rescue techniques.
CEFGA held a VIP Breakfast for all of the students who were participating in the SkillsUSA contests. Industry sponsors and exhibitors were also invited along with past SkillsUSA contest medal winners. Danny Wuerffel, Executive Vice President of Georgia Power, Former NFL Quarterback, was the keynote speaker at the CEFGA VIP and SkillsUSA Champions’ Breakfast. He praised the competitors as they were “the best of the best and the competitors were there for a reason to showcase their skills.” It was a great way to start the morning, and when breakfast was over, it was time for the exhibitors and volunteers to get to work in their respective trade area and for the Skills contestants to start competing. GUCA found a tremendous amount of support from everyone who attended the EXPO and breakfast.
GUCA gives special thanks and wants to recognize all of those GUCA members who attended, donated, and helped make the 2016 CEFGA EXPO the largest and most successful to date. Those volunteering were Kyle Bessey, C.A. Murren & Sons Company, Inc.; Austin Blaney, Western Summit Constructors, Inc.; Allan Branan, Henry County Water & Sewer Authority; Chase Brown, C.A. Murren & Sons Company, Inc.; Tara Brown, Henry County Water & Sewer Authority; Scott Brumbelow, GUCA; Kevin Chapman, Clayton County Water Authority; Vikki Consiglio, GUCA; Freeman Cosby, C.A. Murren & Sons Company, Inc.; Ethan Cumpton, Western Summit Constructors, Inc.; Allen Dobbs, C.A. Murren & Sons Company, Inc.; Jeff Duncan, Tractor Equipment Company; Billy Egan, E.F.S., Inc.; Monte Erritt, Vermeer Southeast; Megan Estes, Georgia 811; Ricky Harp, Civil Sites Services, Inc.; Joshua Hayes, GUCA; David Jensen, Anderson Grading & Pipeline, LCC; Becky Kinsey, Georgia 811; Kim Kosky, Utiliquest; Richard Krauss, Utiquest; Grant Lamberson, Trench Shoring Services; Scott Mask, Clayton County Water Authority; Danny McBride, Utiliquest; Daniel Murren, C.A. Murren & Sons Company, Inc.; Josh Paulk, Clayton County Water Authority; Regina Shelnutt, Anderson Grading & Pipeline, LLC.; T.J. Shelnutt, Anderson Grading & Pipeline, LLC.; Ed Shipley, RDJE, Inc.; Bradley Sorrells, GUCA; Jennifer Standridge, Georgia Soil & Water Conservation Commission; Harris Stokes, Crawford Grading & Pipeline, Inc.; Billy Townsend, GUCA; Billy Vodenbosch, Clayton County Water Authority.