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Articles | March 7, 2024

Rosendin Intensifies ASC Student Competition with Demanding Electrical Challenge

Rosendin gave college students one of the toughest challenges yet in an electrical competition.

Construction Citizen

RENO, Nev.Rosendin, the nation’s largest employee-owned electrical contracting company, gave college students one of the toughest challenges yet in an electrical competition. They asked students for solutions to fix a challenging commercial project. Three teams rose above the rest and Rosendin is proud to congratulate them as winners of the 2024 Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Regions 6 & 7 Student Competition’s Electrical Challenge.

Ferris State University secured first place, successfully working together as a cohesive unit to demonstrate a working understanding of job cost, planned vs. actual scheduling, financial forecasting, and how project issues impact the financial outcome of construction projects. The team from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo took second place and Oregon State University placed third.

Rosendin’s Electrical Problem challenged 15 student teams to assume the roles of project managers taking over a 30-acre commercial development with multiple buildings that are only 25% complete and facing problems. Students were tasked with developing solutions to try to overcome problems like supply chain issues and workforce shortages.

“Our challenge this year was developed to give students real world experience in the commercial building industry and insight into problems they will be solving as they start their careers,” said Brandon Stephens, Rosendin Vice President and ASC Electrical Challenge Judge.

“The key difference in this year’s challenge was that there was no solution. The challenge put the students under pressure to handle a project in distress and the winners found the best way to explain to judges why their project could not meet its goals.”

As a former student at Boise State University, Stephens was an ASC competitor himself. Now as a professional in the industry, Stephens finds it important to test students’ communication and teamwork skills to see how they would handle a difficult project. He is among several Rosendin professionals who participated in the ASC challenge as students and returned as judges.

“I participated in ASC’s Competition while I was attending Sacramento State and have carried industry-specific skills that I learned with me ever since. I am proud to support Rosendin’s efforts as a sponsor of the electrical challenge to contribute to the development of the next generation of builders,” said Rob Clark, Rosendin Senior Project Manager and ASC Electrical Challenge Judge.

“Most universities are teaching general construction, but this competition gives students a chance to dig into specialty contracting and that gives them a huge advantage when talking to recruiters and even after they start their careers.”

The 37th annual ASC Student Competition and Construction Management Conference hosted over 1,700 students on 233 teams representing 55 universities. The event also connected students with 190 companies offering internships and career opportunities. This annual competition provides industry professionals with the ability to see how students react under pressure and meet students face-to-face to see if they are a good fit for a company. Since becoming judges, Stephens and Clark have recruited half a dozen students to Rosendin.

The Associated Schools of Construction is the professional association for the development and advancement of construction education. Student teams lead by 128 faculty coaches also competed in categories such as Integrated Projects, Virtual Design & Construction, Sustainable Building, Preconstruction Services, and Project Management.

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About Rosendin

Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., Rosendin is employee-owned and one of the largest electrical contractors in the United States, employing over 7,500 people, with revenues averaging $2 billion. Established in 1919, Rosendin remains proud of our more than 100 years of building quality electrical and communications installations and value for our clients but, most importantly, for building people within our company and our communities. Our customers lead some of the most complex construction projects in history and rely on us for our knowledge, our ability to scale, and our dedication to quality. At Rosendin, we work to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential by building a culture that is diverse, safe, welcoming, and inclusive.

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