Monica Samano of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Student Scholarship Winner Essay

May 26, 2020 by NASTT Staff


This week we’re featuring the fourth installment in the latest NASTT blog series featuring the 2020 Argent Memorial Scholarship winner essays.

One of the requirements to apply for a student scholarship from NASTT is to write an essay on the state of the trenchless industry and what the student sees for them self in the future within the industry.

Monica Samano, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona was awarded a $5,000 scholarship. 

The trenchless technology industry offers so many opportunities in the Los Angeles area. With the new Metro Lines and underground utility lines the amount of trenchless work that needs to be done in Los Angeles has more than doubled in the past few years. Various underground utilities exist in the Los Angeles area which leaves the issue of repairing old utility lines and working around them. There is major work with renewing older water systems in the entire area. As a current intern for an electrical subcontractor, I have begun to notice the amount of electrical work that has been increasing underground. My project managers have begun to take an interest in the means and methods to insert underground lines as well. As construction begins to rise exponentially for the 2028 Olympics the demand for construction work that needs to be done in Los Angeles to accommodate the large influx of visitors and residents has caused a boom for construction and will only grow as more businesses and owners prepare for 2028.

As my senior year comes to an end, the need for contractors and subcontractors has been noted at my current workplace. I have noticed that there is more work than there are people and supplies and that I need to prove my worth and skills now. I want to dive into a job that is driven by trenchless technology so that I can use my knowledge and expertise to merge with other contractors to bridge the gap between trenchless technologies and methods with the work that needs to be performed. During the next few years I hope to learn more detailed information about trenchless technology in order to be able to coordinate with vendors about work that needs to be completed. I want to be able to speak to workers handling the equipment to ensure that projects are being handled safely and efficiently by being able to understand the trenchless methods taking place. I also want to be able to identify underground problems and suggest safer and effective trenchless methods. I plan to continue attending future No-Dig Shows to keep up to date with the latest technology and case studies to take back to any workplace. I plan to become a crucial member who is asked to consult on trenchless activities and become one of the pioneers to introduce it to any company that is looking into trenchless technology. As my current company hosts multiple departments I hope to one day create my own division that specializes in Trenchless Technology advocacy and create a greater understanding of trenchless in the workplace.

Congratulations Monica! Thank you for your service and best of luck on your future endeavors in the trenchless industry!