By Eames Yates
October 3, 2013
Valdosta, GA -
More than four hundred and fifty students from across Georgia descended on Wiregrass Technical College Thursday for the second annual Careers in Construction and Engineering Fair. Thomas Powell wants to work in construction and operate this Caterpillar 140M Motor Grader which is used to smooth roads.
Powell, who is a Lowndes County Middle School student said "you could think about driving a go cart but driving something like this you need a lot of clearance." He went on to say that the responsibility is what attracts him to the career.
Roughly twenty different venders gave the middle and high school students a taste of what to expect in careers ranging from welders to bridge builders. Some kids weren't as sure about their career choice as Thomas. Jamari Brown took part in an electrician demonstration where he got shocked by an electrical current.
Brown is a Brooks County Middle School student. He said "I wouldn't say I want to turn it into a career but it was interesting. I want to play sports, but if that don't work out I want to be a doctor."
Representatives from the Department of Transportation as well as Georgia Power were among some of the vendors at the fair.