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What is "Down For That"?

“Down For That” is an initiative aimed at informing students and educators about the underground construction industry through the development of key resources and opportunities for elementary, middle school, high school, technical school, and university students to get involved. The program was initially developed by the Underground Construction Association (UCA), in collaboration with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Geo-Institute, Deep Foundations Institute (DFI), The Beavers, The Moles, and the North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT) with the program helping to provide a one-stop resource for students, professors, and industry professionals to gain knowledge and share information related to outreach to the next generation of professionals within the underground construction and tunneling industry.

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Students, Professors, and Industry Professionals: Learn How to Get Involved

The first step in an exciting career in the underground starts with education. We invite students and professors to browse our library for resources and information. Industry professionals can contribute their real-world experience through presentations, papers, project photographs, videos, and individual profiles.

Engineering Students

Explore videos, papers, and presentations on underground topics. Find out about available tunnel tours, on-campus presentations, and scholarships.

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Engineering Professors

Browse presentations and content to support classroom lessons. Find tunnel tours and on-campus speakers for classes and clubs.

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Underground Professionals

Get involved. Pass on the legacy of an exciting underground career. Share your story, do an on-campus presentation, welcome students to your project site, or contribute materials for professors.

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Engineering Students were surveyed
Here's what we found


Are very interested in seeing a tunnel under construction, but they don't know where to find one


Learn about careers from their professors, but they wish they knew more about underground careers


Know underground is a place for careers, but they don't know what the jobs are like

Industry Profiles

The underground construction and tunneling workforce brings engineers from across multiple disciplines to create innovative solutions crucial to society, economies, and the environment. Explore the diverse stories of these professionals who make up the underground industry.

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I had a great experience at the tunneling conference. There were a lot of networking opportunities and I was able to get some great advice concerning my career.”

Rahel Dean-Pelikan UCA of SME Scholarship Recipient

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