On April 9, Dr. Alan Atalah, associate professor at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, took his trenchless technology class to visit some trenchless companies located within the state.

To start off their day, the 12 students and Atalah stopped by The Robbins Co. in Solon, to tour the company’s manufacturing facility and machines. They also heard an educational presentation given by operations and sales manager Tom Fuerst.

After lunch, the group traveled to the City of Brunswick, to visit Precision Directional Boring. The students toured the facility and equipment. They also viewed a presentation that included information on projects that the company has worked on, such as a fusible PVC project in nearby Stow.  

This trip, which Atalah includes in his annual curriculum, serves as an opportunity to take students out of the classroom to see trenchless at work.

“I try to take the students on as many of these trips as I can,” explains Atalah. “These are things that I cannot show in class. I cannot show the students how a directional drilling machine works in the classroom. With these trips, they can go to these places and actually see, touch and feel the equipment and materials.” 

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