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Landon Stradley Senior Project Product log
Engineering Operations with the Atlanta Braves
Tuesday, May 24th 12 p.m.- 12 a.m. / 12 hours
I arrived at Turner field around noon and made my way to the back gate where I was issued my badge and other things I may need as a worker. I met up with my facilitator and we made our way down to the basement where all the engineering offices are. I was given a floor plan to look over with Mitch, next man in charge under my facilitator, a walkie-talkie, and a electrical pen. Before the game I walked around with Buster and took out handicapped seats that were needed for that night. After that I walked with one of the office managers and made sure that the housecleaning crew did their job and any piece of a chair or railing that was broke I fixed. Then I went up to the roof with one of the HVAC workers and we climbed from the summit of the park to the basement making sure each HVAC system was working correctly, especially in the clubhouse because players do complain. After everyone had done their job and we were ready to start letting people in the gates I walked out with buster to one of the electrical rooms and turned on the lights to the stadium. Then we went back to his office to make sure all the minor lights were turned on and working as well.
During the game everything was smooth sailing. We have a few calls pertaining to a TV being out but that was not our issue since electricity was running to the TV. Also had a call about security which scared me because we had to go make sure that the guard rails were in the right spots because someone tried to jump over. So in all I uess you could say I was a temporary engineer.
This is an architectural drawing of Suntrust park my facilitator and I drew up. I am so excited to be working with some of the best engineers in Atlanta and am a little nervous that I don’t mess up because if I mess up someone can be severely injured.
Making sure all the HVAC and cooling systems are ready to go for te game that way the stands get cooled down and we don’t have an important lights blow out. This part scares me because I have to climb up inside the scoreboard and inspect every monitor of the scoreboard and make sure all the cooling levels are turned on and at the right pressure.
Last but not least, turning on the lights to the stadium to finish up our pregame schedule! This made me feel really special because not everyone gets to say they set up a major league ballpark!
Upon my arrival at Turner Field I was both excited and nervous about my tasks for the day. For starters I really had no clue what I’d be doing nor did I know how to do anything. As I sat in the office with my facilitator I got chills just thinking that I could go anywhere in the stadium that I wanted, and not only that but I'm sitting in the same room as the guy who built this stadium and who is building the next. As the night went on I became more relaxed and confident in the work I was doing. The feeling of me being able to go into a 21 and over clubhouse was amazing because, yes I was doing work, but I was having fun doing it and getting to do something that one and a million high school students get to do. I am so grateful for the opportunity that god has presented me with and I am going to take full advantage of it. When dinner break came around I was worried that I wouldn’t have enough money, but when buster and I went to dinner and I pulled out my wallet he asked what I was doing and I answered, “I’m paying for my food.” his response is something I will never forget. “Engineers eat free, you’re an engineer now kid.” this made my day. Not only did I get free food but I was called an engineer by one of the most trained, experienced and talented engineer in the state of Georgia and possibly the United States. The entire night was amazing. I couldn’t have asked for a better first day on the job than this one.