Tech Tour Day Five — Photos From Ferris State

BIG RAPIDS — Enjoy these photos from Tuesday’s Engineering Society of Detroit 2015 Tech Tour stop at Ferris State University in Big Rapids.

This fall’s tech tour is sponsored by Michigan Technological University.

This map shows where Ferris State University welding students are doing their internships between junior and senior year.
This map shows where Ferris State University welding students are doing their internships between junior and senior year.
These are some of the shapes Ferris State students learn to weld.
These are some of the shapes Ferris State students learn to weld.
In the lab, a student is happy that his piece of metal broke in the metal -- and not the weld -- when pulled apart by this testing machine.
In the lab, a student is happy that his piece of metal broke in the metal — and not the weld — when pulled apart by this testing machine.
Another Ferris State student loads an X-ray machine for a weld test.
Another Ferris State student loads an X-ray machine for a weld test.

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A scale model of the 25-foot-tall gazebo that Ferris State's welding program built for a Big Rapids park.
A scale model of the 25-foot-tall gazebo that Ferris State’s welding program built for a Big Rapids park.
This Ferris bulldog guards the welding lab.
This Ferris bulldog guards the welding lab.
Freshman students learning the basics of welding.
Freshman students learning the basics of welding.

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A piece of the full size gazebo.
A piece of the full size gazebo.
Ferris' welding program built this
Ferris’ welding program built this staircase for a local architect.

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One of three new Panasonic welding robots donated to Ferris State.
The partially completed gazebo in Big Rapids' Mitchell Creek Park.
The partially completed gazebo in Big Rapids’ Mitchell Creek Park.

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Doug Zentz, associate professor and program chair of Ferris State's HVACR department, poses with a miniature refrigerator that all freshman students are required to build.
Doug Zentz, associate professor and program chair of Ferris State’s HVACR department, poses with a miniature refrigerator that all freshman students are required to build.
Ferris' HVACR program also features steam handling equipment from Michigan-based Armstrong.
Ferris’ HVACR program also features steam handling equipment from Michigan-based Armstrong.

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Ferris Students study on this instant-heating water heater, of the type used by hotels.
Ferris Students study on this instant-heating water heater, of the type used by hotels.
This machine is a heater capable of up to 3 million BTU.
This machine is a heater capable of up to 3 million BTU.
And that heater can be used for one heck of a hot dog roast.
And that heater can be used for one heck of a hot dog roast.
This heating unit at Ferris State uses biomass energy.
This heating unit at Ferris State uses biomass energy.
Ferris State HVACR students study on equipment used in supermarkets and delis.
Ferris State HVACR students study on equipment used in supermarkets and delis.
This wall shows some of Ferris State's corporate partners in its construction and HVACR programs.
This wall shows some of Ferris State’s corporate partners in its construction and HVACR programs.
Ferris students study on these Johnson Controls energy systems building controls, as well as gear from other manufacturers.
Ferris students study on these Johnson Controls energy systems building controls, as well as gear from other manufacturers.

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After the Ferris State tour, taking the scenic route to Grand Rapids leads you past Croton and Hardy dams, two of Michigan's oldest hydroelectric plants -- and a great feat of early 20th Century civil engineering.
After the Ferris State tour, taking the scenic route to Grand Rapids leads you past Croton and Hardy dams, two of Michigan’s oldest hydroelectric plants — and a great feat of early 20th Century civil engineering.
The power house at Croton Dam, which generates electricity for CMS Energy.
The power house at Croton Dam, which generates electricity for CMS Energy.
The pond behind Croton Dam, scene of several parks and a great many summer cottages.
The pond behind Croton Dam, scene of several parks and a great many summer cottages.
Sand bluffs on Croton Dam Pond.
Sand bluffs on Hardy Dam Pond.
The Muskegon River south of Hardy Dam.
The Muskegon River south of Hardy Dam.

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A quick view out the car window at Hardy Dam (there's noplace to stop there).
A quick view out the car window at Hardy Dam (there’s noplace to stop there).
Downstream from Hardy Dam, a U.S. Geological Survey field research station.
Downstream from Hardy Dam, a U.S. Geological Survey field research station.
A combination of nature and humanity, the Muskegon River downstream of Hardy Dam with big power lines clearly visible.
A combination of nature and humanity, the Muskegon River downstream of Hardy Dam with big power lines clearly visible.

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The water near Hardy Dam is full of life.
The water near Hardy Dam is full of life.

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