University Programs


Many of AISC's initiatives have been built on the help of our volunteers, and the Student Steel Bridge Competition is no exception.  Volunteers are critical to the success of each Competition event.  For professionals looking to give back and contribute to the future of their field, this is an easy yet important way to make a big impact on students and the experience they carry forward into their careers.

The number of volunteers needed at each event varies.  Some schools may have a well-established network of those they can continually count on while others may be looking to find as many new volunteers as possible.

Please consider volunteering at one or more SSBC events.  No engineering background or competition experience is required, but volunteers should conduct themselves professionally and responsibly.  Possible volunteer positions include:

Under the supervision and instruction of the Head Judge, judges conduct the events of the competition. They interpret and enforce the rules, score the bridges, and monitor safety concerns. Judges should be able to walk around for the duration of the competition. They are expected to perform assigned tasks with care and accuracy and to be fair in all decisions. Tasks may include taking measurements, operating a stopwatch, and recording scores. Judges should make themselves familiar with this year’s Rules of the competition.

Bridge Marshal
A Bridge Marshal will be assigned to each competing team. The Bridge Marshal will accompany the team for their entire time on the competition floor.  He/she will hold the official scoring document for the team and give this to the various judges to mark at each station and finally at the scoring table at the end.  

Hosts may need additional volunteers to assist with other tasks throughout the competition such as competition space set up and clean up, and more.

Information on each of the 17 SSBC - Regional Events as well as the National Finals is listed below.

Please note: Completing the SSBC Volunteer interest form does not guarantee that the SSBC Host School will contact you regarding a volunteer position.  AISC will pass along contact information to the host, and they will contact as many people as they need.


SSBC Dates for Volunteers



Host school: North Carolina State University
Dates for Volunteers/Judges: April 5-6, 2019

Deep South

Host school:  Louisiana Tech University
Dates for Volunteers/Judges: March 28-29, 2019

Great Lakes

Host school: Valparaiso University
Dates for Volunteers/Judges: April 13, 2019


Host school: New Jersey Institute of Technology
Dates for Volunteers/Judges: April 27, 2019


Host school: University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Dates for Volunteers/Judges: April 12, 2019


Host school: University of Oklahoma
Dates for Volunteers/Judges: April 11-12, 2019


Mid-Pacific will not host a regional event in 2019. Instead, Mid-Pac teams will join the Pacific Northwest and Pacific Southwest regional events. Please contact Sadie Brown for more information (


Host school: South Dakota State University
Dates for Volunteers/Judges: March 23, 2019

New England

Host school: University of Maine
Dates for Volunteers/Judges: April 13, 2019

North Central

Host school: University of Michigan
Dates for Volunteers/Judges: April 12-13, 2019

Ohio Valley

Host school: University of Akron
Dates for Volunteers/Judges: April 13, 2019

Pacific Northwest

Host school: Saint Martin's University
Dates for Volunteers/Judges: April 11-12, 2019

Pacific Southwest

Host school: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Dates for Volunteers/Judges: April 4-6, 2019

Rocky Mountain

Host school: UC Boulder
Dates for Volunteers/Judges: April 4-5, 2019


Host school: University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Dates for Volunteers/Judges: March 28-29, 2019


Host school: The University of Texas at San Antonio
Dates for Volunteers/Judges: April 19-20, 2019

Upstate New York

Host school: Rochester Institute of Technology
Dates for Volunteers/Judges: April 18-19, 2019


Host school: George Mason University
Dates for Volunteers/Judges: March 29-30, 2019


Host school: Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Dates for Volunteers/Judges: May 31-June 1, 2019