It is always a pleasure to share our slice of the engineering world with high school students. Last week, Alpha Testing’s Fort Worth office hosted an ACE Mentoring event that introduced juniors and seniors to geotechnical engineering and construction materials testing. Among the attendees were 10 students from Fort Worth ISD, Northwest ISD, Keller ISD, and Birdville ISD, along with 5 mentors from RVI Planning, Dunaway Associates, Turner, and Linbeck.
Alpha’s tour guides included Brian Hoyt (Fort Worth Geotechnical Manager), Tim Begole (Project Manager), Maxx Begole (Fort Worth Lab Manager), and Robert Boone (Business Development). After some BBQ and a Q&A with Brian, the group got a behind the scenes look at collecting and testing a sample through an ATV drill rig demonstration followed by a lab tour. Tim and Maxx showed the workings of Alpha’s proctor machine, a concrete cylinder break, PI analysis, and a -200 sieve.
Want to learn more about the ACE Mentoring Program? Visit their website for all the info.