Columbus, Neb. touts itself as “The City of Power and Progress” and it recently had the opportunity to show 460 engineering students from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln why that is.
The students were given tours of several Columbus area industries including: BD Medical and Pharmaceutical, ADM, Nebraska Public Power District, Loup Power District, Behlen Mfg. Co., Camaco, Duo Lift, Vishay Dale, Katana Summit and John Crane Orion.
The students also had the opportunity to meet with engineers from a variety of industries, including manufacturing.
Between tours of Camaco LLC and Behlen Mfg. Co. student Trevor Sutter told the Columbus Telegram, “It’s interesting to see what it’s really going to be like.”
The overall goal of the university and the Columbus team for Engineering Day is to expose students to the engineering industry and what professionals are doing in their fields. Freshman often don’t get much exposure to engineering as many classes are building-block courses that help prepare them for future engineering classes. It’s also hoped that the experience will help with retaining students.
A group of volunteers and businesses in Columbus helped facilitate the event and the city of Columbus expressed a hope that the students will remember it when they graduate in four to six years and venture into the employment world as sought after engineers.