SUNY Canton Open House Welcomes Future Engineering Students of All Ages
The college meets future students, and employers seek college graduates during the second-annual Engineers Week celebration.
Aaron Clark traveled to SUNY Canton’s Engineers Week Open House from Saranac Lake with one goal in mind – to win the Corning Incorporated Foundation sponsored scholarship at the bridge building contest.
He and his partner, Jacy Thompson, accomplished that objective and both walked away with the coveted $1,300 scholarship to the college. Clark and Thompson assembled pipe cleaners, Popsicle sticks, straws and plastic lacing to span a clear plastic bin. Judges then loaded two kilograms of weight onto the bridge and measured how much the laden bridge deflected, or bowed, under the strain.
Across the crowded classroom of about 60 young students, Naomi Crowell of Canton and Grace Sawyko of Pierrepont were skeptical about the appearance of their bridge, but their colorful creation earned the top spot in their section of the competition. The two excited 12-year-olds walked away with matching Lego Mindstorms kits they can use to build and program their own robots.
“We really want the public to bridge the future with us at SUNY Canton,” said Michael Newtown, Interim Dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “We love to open the doors to our great facility to show people what we do. It’s very important that we reach out to students at a younger age so they can discover their technical ability and their creativity.”
Right next to the bridge competition, members of the SUNY Canton American Society of Civil Engineers Chapter (commonly known as the Steel Bridge Team) practiced with their much larger model bridge. The college’s bridge will also be measured for deflection, among other criteria, when the team faces off against other colleges and universities at the upcoming annual competition.
Both faculty and students from the engineering technology curricula assisted Newtown with the event. Guests could see a faculty member’s custom-built industrial lumber processor, experiment with 3D technologies, participate in water-quality testing, and witness many of the resources available at the college.
Now in its second year, Engineers Week, and the Engineering Open House exposes the public to the fun side of the Canino School of Engineering Technology and offers current SUNY Canton students the chance to meet up with employers recruiting from their fields of study.
“Seventy percent of our technicians come from SUNY Canton,” said Kyle R. Hartford, of Novelis, an Oswego-based rolled aluminum manufacturer. “If you graduate from Mechanical [Engineering Technology] or Electrical [Engineering Technology] you are pretty much guaranteed a job.”
About 20 different employers attended and spoke with students about their plans after graduation. New this year, representatives from General Electric (GE) in Schenectady attended the Engineers Week Career fair. “There are degree programs here that do apply directly to what we are looking for,” said Vernon Estes, a senior manufacturing engineer for GE.
Other companies and organizations in attendance included New York State Electric and Gas, with representatives looking for students from the Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems program, among others, and the New York State Department of Transportation, with personnel seeking applicants from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology program, among others.
About SUNY Canton
SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.