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Vermont Tech Alumnus and Students Connect on SteelDay

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Friday, September 28, 2012, was “SteelDay,” a national event coordinated by the American Institute for Steel Construction.  As part of the event, Professor Scott A. Sabol, P.E., and a group of Architectural Engineering Technology students visited Reliance Steel in Colchester, Vermont.  Reliance Steel is a fabricating shop, where engineering and architectural designs are turned into real structures as steel is welded, bolt holes are drilled, and miscellaneous metal parts of formed into structural elements, steel stairways, handrails, and other parts of buildings and bridges.

A special treat for the students was to meet with Reliance Steel detailer Dale Wernhoff, a Vermont Tech graduate of the Architectural and Building Engineering Technology program from 1984.  Mr. Wernhoff explained to the students his role in the process of building construction, showing the students the technologies he uses and the issues he has to deal with on a daily basis.  He mentioned that the technology has changed a lot since his first days when detail and shop drawings were done using pencil and paper; now he makes use of powerful computer programs – the same ones that Vermont Tech students are introduced to in the classroom. The students also learned about estimating the costs of steel construction and the processes used for drilling bolt holes through beams and girders.
Figure 1 – Dale Wernhoff (AAS.ABT ’84, sixth from the left) and current BS.AET students at Reliance Steel on SteelDay