SCD > Schedule

SCD is packed with events, education and more! Below is a preliminary schedule that is subject to change.

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Thursday, November 7

  • 6:00 am – 4:00 pm TCI EXPO Registration Desk is Open (David L. Lawrence Convention Center)
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    • First things first, stop by the SCD registration desk to pick up your swag bag, event schedule, and sign-up for any of the skills events.

  • 10:00 am Trade Show Floor Opens
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    • Over the years, TCI EXPO has grown to become more than a huge product showroom – though that’s still the show’s strength!

  • 10:30 am – 11:00 am Kickoff with TCIA Staff (at the Student Quad Booth 3509)
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    • Let’s rally and kickoff this event together! Join us at the Student Quad for a brief pow-wow before we head off for the skills events.

  • 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Safety Gear Check (at the Student Quad Booth 3509)
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    • This exam will test the contestants’ ability to distinguish between safe and unsafe climbing and personal protective equipment (PPE). Students will rotate through 10 stations, spending 30 seconds at each station, where they will inspect the equipment and decide if it is fit for use. If the answer no, they will describe the defect in writing.

  • 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Knot Tying (at the Student Quad Booth 3509)
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    • Each competitor has ten minutes to tie, dress, and set a series of eight pre-selected knots/hitches and complete a multiple-choice quiz to indicate the appropriate use for each knot/hitch.

12:30 am – 1:00 pm Kickoff with Mark Chisholm (at the Climbing Booth 1647)

  • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Vertical Rope Ascent SRS (at the Climbing Booth 1647)
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    • At the Vertical Rope Ascent, you’ll be exposed to SRS and have an opportunity to learn some basic SRS skills. This is a supervised instruction. If it turns out you’d like to compete, let us know and we’ll be sure to time your ascent!

  • 4:00 pm Trade Show Floor Closes
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    • You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here.

  • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm TCIA & Vermeer Welcome Reception (Heinz Field)
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    • The TCIA Welcome Reception is brought to you by Vermeer and an excellent opportunity for TCI EXPO and SCD attendees alike to get together in celebration of TCI EXPO! All registered students, TCI EXPO attendees, and exhibitors are invited.

Friday, November 8

  • 7:00 am – 4:00 pm TCI EXPO Registration Desk is Open (David L. Lawrence Convention Center)
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    • First things first, stop by the SCD registration desk to pick up your swag bag, event schedule, and sign-up for any of the skills events.

  • 8:00 am – 10:00 am Job & Internship Fair (Room 302-305)
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    • This industry specific job fair will have over a dozen booths staffed by recruiters looking to hire you. Enjoy this networking opportunity with a complimentary breakfast.

  • 9:00 am Trade Show Floor Opens
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    • Over the years, TCI EXPO has grown to become more than a huge product showroom – though that’s still the show’s strength!

  • 10:30 am – 11:30 am Discussion Panel (at the Student Quad booth 3509)
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    • With real-life talk from industry professionals, this panel of experts are here to spread their unique knowledge while answering your burning questions!

  • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mark Chisholm Talk (at the Climbing Booth 1647)
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    • Three-time ISA international tree climbing champion, International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certified arborist, and STIHL spokesperson Mark Chisholm will present industry advice, competition climbing tips, and safety insights for students.

  • 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Award Ceremony and Gear Up Winner Announced (at the Climbing Booth 1647)
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    • Join us at the Climbing Booth where awards for the skills events will be announced, along with the recipient of this year’s Gear Up award!

4:00 pm Trade Show Floor Closes

Have questions? Email us at studentcareerdays@tcia.org.