The Rodeo’s Industrial Craft Competition is a new contest, first introduced in 2020. This competition was created to encourage participation in Texas career and technical education programs and is managed by the Industrial Craft Competition Committee. The committee is responsible for the design and engineering of the project and provides teams with the necessary materials. During the Industrial Craft Competition, participating high schools complete a spec-built project that is judged by regional experts from the petrochemical industry. Competing teams hold a brief presentation for the judges, then each project is thoroughly inspected, and a winner is chosen.
This year, the Industrial Craft Competition was honored by the Engineering and Construction Contracting (ECC) Association as the recipient of the Spirit of the ECC Award. The Spirit of ECC Award honorees display an excellent understanding of a wide range of talents, skills, and passions that exemplifies the ECC’s mission to engage and improve the engineering and construction industry. The award recipient must demonstrate a strategic response to challenges and opportunities, a significant understanding of the engineering and construction industry, and a proven drive toward bettering the industry and all those around it. The Spirit of the ECC Award has been given to leaders and organizations in the engineering and construction industry for more than 30 years.
Rodeo President and CEO Chris Boleman, and Industrial Craft Competition Committee Chairman Michael McWilliams were at the ECC Conference Sept. 9 in Grapevine, Texas to represent the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.