Teens learn about Tri-State at Colorado Construction Career Days

The 11th annual, two-day Colorado Construction Career Days event, which attracts more than 1,600 high school students and educators from across the state, kicked off yesterday (Sept. 24) at the Adams County Fairgrounds north of Denver with more than 60 companies, including Tri-State, represented.

Tri-State’s Wayne Martin (left) and Clint White explain a few of the math formulas involved in a lineman’s job.

Tri-State’s Wayne Martin (left) and Clint White explain a few of the math formulas involved in a lineman’s job.

This youth career expo is an industry-sponsored event for high school students in grades 10 through 12, designed to expose them to various industrial sectors including building, highway, engineering, energy and architecture.

Many of the companies offer demonstrations and activities that allow students to participate in various exercises, helping to engage and educate them about some of the career opportunities that may be available to them in the future.

Small groups of students are escorted to various company sites by construction industry volunteers who serve as a source of information about the businesses, as well as guides to the activities that are being offered.

Jim Duffy keeps kids engaged with his science experiment that creates batteries using lemonade.

Jim Duffy keeps kids engaged with his science experiment that creates batteries using lemonade.

This year marked the fourth year that Tri-State has served as both a participating business and a sponsor of Colorado Construction Career Days. The association’s training personnel captured considerable interest among the teen groups with their two demonstration sites.

Clint White, field training specialist, and Wayne Martin, training coordinator, provided the teen groups with a quick look at the tools, training and opportunities of the utility lineman. Martin demonstrated some basic pole climbing techniques, while White explained the functions of “hot stick” tools required for working on energized transmission lines.

“If you enjoy physical work outdoors, a career as a utility lineman can be a very rewarding career choice,” said White, who also noted that he has enjoyed his nearly 30-year stint in the electric utility industry.

At the second Tri-State demonstration site, training coordinator Jim Duffy and field training specialist Robert Rodela provided students with a tour of the association’s relay and mobile substation simulator trailer, which is used for training apprentice substation personnel.

Duffy also amazed, entertained and educated students by having them participate in creating their own batteries using zinc and copper rods immersed in lemonade.

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