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High School Drafting Students Visit PT&P

October 4th, 1998 No comments

Thirty-six students in the drafting program at the Houston Independent School District’s Barbara Jordan High School for Careers spent a Friday morning in November 1997 learning how technical drawings are used during the fabrication of pipe supports, pressure vessels, expansion joints and other items produced at PT&P.

After an introductory review of PT&P’s business and a one-hour lecture covering specific projects requiring drawings (made more palatable by cookies) the students took a tour of PT&P’s plant. Students saw shears, saws and burning machines cutting metal pieces to be welded. In another area, they saw how a metal sheet is seam welded and then formed into bellows elements for expansion joints. They also saw how polyurethane components are produced for cryogenic pipe supports.

High School Visit

High School Visit

The tour was arranged by Wilford Stewart, who teaches drafting at BJHS. The first course in the program is a traditional technical drawing board course, followed by courses on computer-aided drafting using AutoCAD. Students must take Algebra and Geometry concurrently with their drafting. Jesse Porter, Sr. Graphics Manager at PT&P, conducted the tour (see photo).

PT&P looks forward to having young people from the school district learn about how they can put what they learn to good use in industry. By supporting the public schools, PT&P hopes to show it cares about the future of education.

PT&P Sponsors University of Houston Student Project

September 15th, 1998 No comments

PT&P again sponsored a University of Houston Mechanical Engineering student design project during the Fall ’97 term. The team of Sandra Ramos, Dorsa Froutan, Irma Adame and E.J. Del Valle titled their project Deasign, Test and Modeling of Cryogenic Pipe Supports. All were Seniors enrolled in MECE 4334: Mechanical Engineering Systems Design. Similar courses are required for Industrial Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering students.

The U of H faculty requests companies to submit problem statements for projects they are willing to sponsor. If their project is chosen by a student team, companies designate an engineer-in-charge who helps their faculty consultant advise the students. The students prepare a written proposal defining their plan during the first four weeks and make weekly progress reports thereafter. Companies provide facilities and equipment as required. The students prepare a final written report and make an oral presentation at their campus at the end of the semester.

This team did a series of experiments both at ambient and cryogenic temperatures using pipe shoes with polyurethane (PUF) of various densities. They studied compressive strength, heat transfer rates and clamping forces required to maintain contact with a pipe under axial loading. This was the fifth project sponsored by PT&P. We thank these students for their hard work, and we wish them much success during their professional careers.

Customers Mail Back Survey Cards

Thanks to the many customers who mailed back survey cards from our Fall ’97 mailings. We received a number of good suggestions and potential topics for future technical bulletins. The statistics on four Yes or No questions are:

  • 91%: Yes, the PT&P technical bulletins are useful to their jobs.
  • 89%: Yes, their job requires use of the PT&P catalogs.
  • 99%: Yes, PT&P newsletters cover topics of interest to them.
  • 61%: No, the photos on PT&P’s annual calendars should not be changed.

PT&P For a Stronger Tomorrow

June 24th, 1996 No comments

During the summer of 1996, PT&P continues in its tradition of offering “real world” experience to high school and college students. Most of the students are working in the engineering and clerical departments at PT&P, and some are engaged in other activities. Both the students and PT&P have benefitted from the summer program.

Ginger Bailey Clear Brook high School
Sally Ann Bailey

San Jacinto Junior College

Kevin Conrad Rice University – Mechanical Engineering
Jermaine Gibbs Rice University – Economics
Kevin Rennie Rice University – Computer Engineering
Amish Patel University of Houston – Chem. Engineering
Eugeny Gelfand University of Texas – Mechanical Engineering

Piping Technology and Products, Inc. thanks and salutes our summer interns. We look forward to continued participation and cooperation in the future. Thank You For Your Feedback!!!

Many customers took the time to answer our survey about our printed mailing program. We appreciate your feedback and we will continue to try to communicate information you find useful and enjoyable. The results of the 1996 survey are as follows:

93% said our technical bulletins are useful in their job.

87% said their job requires the use of our catalog.

75% of those who use the catalog said the three types of indexes make it easy to find the information needed.

88% said our newsletter covers topics of interest to them.

Only 2% would like to see different photographs on our calendar.

Summer Interns Benefit from PT&P's Investment in the Future

September 1st, 1995 No comments

Over the summer of 1995, Piping Technology & Products, Inc. again took advantage of the opportunity for outreach to area high school and college students in order to give them some real-life experience in the world of professional engineering. This year, PT&P sponsored 12 summer interns for work in the design, engineering and clerical departments of our offices. This internship program is a great opportunity for Piping Technology as well as for the students themselves. Several of the students returned from last summer, and it is certain that several of them will be back next year.

The summer interns came from local St. John’s high school and from universities all over the country. Among the represented colleges were the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, Middlebury College and Rice University. As a matter of fact, PT&P employees got an exciting opportunity this season to watch summer intern Eric Ober help push the Rice football team to an unprecedented first-place ranking in the Southwest Conference.

Piping Technology & Products, Inc. is committed to furthering the education of today’s young leaders. PT&P realizes that, as we move into the future, the investments we make in the professional and academic development of students will most certainly flourish and provide us with a brighter tomorrow. Piping Technology & Products, Inc. thanks and salutes our summer interns. We look forward to continued participation and cooperation in years to come.

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