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PBS Reno STEM Works | Wood Rodgers

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This episode explores what it takes to become a civil engineer and land surveyor. At Wood Rodgers, civil engineers Jillian Wilbrecht and Kyle Castle as well as surveyor Michael Detwiler talk about what it takes to work in civil engineering and how important their jobs are.


STEM — STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. It represents an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to gathering hands-on experience and applying “real-world” knowledge. People who work in STEM fields use knowledge in science, engineering, technology, or math to understand the world around us and to solve problems.

Infrastructure — the "underlying structure" of a country and its economy, the fixed installations that it needs in order to function. These include roads, bridges, dams, the water and sewer systems, railways and subways, airports, and harbors.

Draft — to draw the preliminary sketch, version, or plan of.

Utilities — services (such as light, power, or water) provided by a public utility company.

Topographic map — a map on a scale large enough to show roads, plans of towns, and contour lines.

GPS — a navigational system using satellite signals to fix the location of a radio receiver on or above the earth's surface.

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