Exploring career opportunities during National Public Works Week

GUELPH, ON, May 16, 2012 – Local high school students get hands-on experience in roadwork, engineering, forestry and more during National Public Works Week May 20 to 26.

Education activities are planned throughout the week and students enrolled in the Specialist High Skills Major Program will learn how the City makes construction plans, sets up road closures, repairs asphalt sewers and sidewalks, trims trees and more.

Media representatives are invited to film, photograph and conduct interviews during the following event:


National Public Works Week education activities – Students participate in asphalt, sidewalk and sewer repairs and set up road closures.


  • Twenty local high school students enrolled in the Specialist High Skills Major Program
  • Current co-op students working in the City’s Public Works Department
  • Public Works staff and instructors


Lynwood Place

Lynwood Place will be closed to traffic during this event


Wednesday, May 23, 2012 9 a.m. – noon

Other National Public Works Week activities for students include tutorials about vehicle safety checks, using high-tech tools for construction planning, managing stormwater runoff and maintaining trees and our urban forest.

On Thursday, May 24 in partnership with the Local Immigration Partnership, Lutherwood, and the Department of Intercultural Affairs at the University of Guelph, local engineering students and internationally-trained engineers in Guelph’s employment skills training programs will meet City engineers and human resources staff to discuss the role of engineering in municipal government services, and build skills for successful job interviews.

Later in the week the Upper Grand District School Board will honour the City with an award recognizing its leadership and support of local students and education programs. The award will be presented to Public Works staff on Friday, May 25.

On Saturday, May 26 the City invites the community to join in celebrating National Public Works Week at its annual open house.

“The open house shines a spotlight on the work we do maintaining clean and safe roads, outside infrastructure and parks,” said Rod Keller, General Manager of Guelph’s Public Works Department. “We hope people bring their families, have some fun and get to know the people who work every day to take good care of our community assets.”


Public Works Open House


Mayor Karen Farbridge (speaking at 10:30 a.m.)

Families and children are invited to explore City vehicles and equipment, ride in bucket trucks, paint a snow plow blade and enter a colouring contest


City of Guelph Public Works Department
50 Municipal Street


Saturday, May 26, 2012 9 a.m. – noon

About National Public Works Week

The annual national celebration of public works professionals takes place May 20 to 26. This year’s theme —creating a lasting impression— conveys how public works professionals use sustainable solutions to build and maintain city infrastructure and community assets.

About Guelph Public Works

Guelph’s Public Works services include downtown parking facilities; maintaining the City’s vehicle fleet and equipment; maintaining storm sewers, sidewalks and roadways; maintaining urban forestry; operating Guelph Farmers’ Market; and maintaining traffic signals and conducting traffic investigations.

For more information

Rodney Keller
General Manager
Public Works
T 519-822-1260 x 2949