Classes and labs go on in the C-zone
Amid the construction at Kettering's new Mechanical Engineering and Chemistry Center, labs and classes are ongoing in the completed portion of the new state-of-the-art academic building.
Amid the construction at Kettering's new Mechanical Engineering and Chemistry Center, labs and classes are ongoing in the completed portion of the new state-of-the-art academic building. Students, like those in Bill Waldron's capstone course on vehicle design, don hardhats and travel past construction fencing and mud to utilize the first floor.
"It takes a little getting used to at first," said Waldron, an assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering and adviser for Kettering's Baja motorsports team. "Baja and other clubs have been working here almost through the entire construction."
To do that, faculty, students, visitors and even full-time staff, like Mechanical Engineering Technologist Ray Rust, are required to follow safety rules that include wearing a hardhat while on the premises. That means: hardhats in class and in labs and even at one's desk.
"You just make it a habit," Rust said. "When you're in the building, you're in a hardhat. I've found that if I set a good example for the students, it's easier for them, too."
Waldron isn't the only faculty member using the space, either. Mechanical Engineering faculty members like Greg Davis and Craig Hoff and anyone associated with Kettering's growing motorsport program are also in and out of the premises.
"Safety is what's important and a good (hardhat) fit," Waldron added.
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Written by Pat Mroczek