MGC Provides Civil Engineering Students Opportunity to Experience Active Construction Site Firsthand
As a company, MGC Construction believes in investing in the future of the construction industry. Recently, we invited two groups of students currently enrolled in the Civil Engineering Technology program at Okanagan College, to tour through Brighton, a new townhome community we’re currently constructing in Kelowna.
“Tours like this provide an opportunity for students to get a glimpse into site processes and procedures,” says David Sawatzky, Superintendent for MGC Construction. “It's an excellent opportunity for site staff to share experiences and allow the students an opportunity to contemplate if they could one day envision becoming a superintendent or project manager.”
This was the first educational tour MGC Construction has provided for civil engineering students, but it won’t be the last.
“Every year I have a new set of students and having a site visit at this time of year really reinforces what I teach in the classroom,” says Ken Langedyk, College Professor for the Civil Engineering Technology Department at Okanagan College. “During the two years we have the students, we like to take them on field trips to sites like this one, which provides them firsthand experience with things like project management and site safety.”
“In addition to general project management concepts, while touring Brighton the students learned about the detailed aspects of the worksite, such as how manholes are installed and their connection with sanitary/sewer pipes, the correct installation of silt fence and sediment ponds, and how water pipes are connected and installed, just to name a few,” continues Landedyk. “I would love to tour future classes through another MGC Construction work site.”