Lazy Q Ranch and SHSU + Quanta Partnership

Brandy Smart (far left), President of Quanta Environmental Solutions, presented a safety management lecture to SHSU students.

Brandy Smart (far left), President of Quanta Environmental Solutions, presented a safety management lecture to SHSU students.

A multi-million-dollar partnership between Sam Houston State University’s (SHSU) Department of Agricultural Sciences and Engineering Technology and Quanta Services is providing a unique opportunity for SHSU students to enhance their leadership abilities and workforce marketability by combining academics with hands-on training in ways never seen before.

The partnership touches the entire SHSU students’ academic experience by combining additional resources, hands-on experience and industry-enhanced materials in core engineering technology courses, which allows students to graduate from the program with an increased applied knowledge base and a better understanding of industrial and field operations.

As part of the partnership, students have real-life experience working in a safe and controlled environment at Quanta’s state-of-the-art power and pipeline training facility, Lazy Q Ranch. This experience comes in the form of an industry-immersion experience unlike any other with a highly interactive case study for students enrolled in the mini-mester course by exposing them to the end-to-end process of managing a project in the field.

Brandy Smart, President of Quanta Environmental Solutions, recently served as a guest lecturer and mentor for the students during the mini-mester. Twenty-five exceptional students were taken through five different EPC case studies beginning with the proposal’s start and seeing it through to the commissioning of the project.

Throughout the week-long course, students were able to attend site visits to see pressurized pipelines and testing facilities, a live substation and transmission/distribution lines within the 2,100-acre Lazy Q Ranch. Most of the students then went on to serve as summer interns for various Quanta Services companies.

Those students involved in the Lazy Q Ranch summer program left with an advanced knowledge as they soon enter the workforce upon graduation. Smart left the week invigorated and inspired by the future Bearcats!

Lazy Q Ranch, located in La Grange, Texas, is a 2,100-acre cattle ranch converted to a one-of-a-kind training facility.

Written by QPSE

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Deanna Werner