The Construction Management and Construction Engineering Technologies department at Pittsburg State University has a well known history for giving back to the community, and last fall a statewide organization once again returned the favor.

Roger Heckert, a PSU alumnus and representative of the Kansas Contractors Association Education Foundation, presented a check for $6,000 to the department in order to assist in the purchase of a pipe laser.

Pipe lasers are used in civil works to align pipes in a pipeline to ensure proper slope and positioning. The laser will be used in the curriculum of several CMCET courses and will help with the addition of a new course on utility construction.

The KCA routinely funds grant requests from Kansas colleges and universities with construction-related programs. In total, it has awarded PSU approximately $86,000 over the past 15 years.

“It’s something we’ve had on our needs list for several years,” said Jim Otter, chairman of CMCET. “We have several courses that will benefit from the addition of this equipment.”