The 12th Annual Student Estimating Competition

The Ohio Contractors Association held its 12th annual Student Estimating Competition in Columbus on February 16th. The Civil and Construction Technology (CCET) program sent six students and one faculty advisor to the competition. The YSU students competed against nine other schools from Ohio (Ohio Northern University, University of Toledo, University of Akron, University of Cincinnati, University of Dayton, Bowling Green State University, Cleveland State University, The Ohio State University, and Ohio University).

The YSU team was one team out of four teams that submitted a responsive bid after the first day of the competition and was the team closest to the actual bid on the project. The lowest responsive bid gave the YSU Team the 1st choice of when to present their project to the judges on the second day of the competition.

The teams that placed in the competition were The Ohio State University, University of Cincinnati, and Ohio Northern.

Contractor for a Day Event

Each year the Youngstown Chapter of the Ohio Contractor’s Association (OCA) sponsors the “Contractor for a Day Event”. The event is open to all Civil Engineering and Civil & Construction Engineering Technology students. This year’s event was held on September 23 and started at 7:00 am with Tom Metzinger, of A.P. O’Horo, spearheading the day’s agenda.

The purpose of the event is to provide student’s first-hand experience of being on actual and various types of construction project sites. This year’s project sites included a roadway project and a bridge replacement project, both in Mahoning County, and a wastewater treatment plant in Vanport, Pa.

The students not only get to experience the feeling of being on an actual, in-progress project, they get to talk to the supervisors of the various projects, who take time to explain what the purpose of the project is, how the construction progresses, any problems or delays that may have happened on the project, and answer questions that the students may have.