University Programs


2019 SSBC National Finals. Photo Credit: Steve Buhman, New Leaf Studio

Many Student Steel Bridge Competition (SSBC) alumni have told us that this event was the highlight of their college careers, leading to professional opportunities, lasting friendships, and an incredible sense of accomplishment.

This is your chance to be part of it! 

Volunteers are needed in your community to support our student engineers as they design steel bridges, assemble them in a timed environment, and put their handiwork to the test. Opportunities may include judging, event setup, or general tasks (such as helping with the registration desk, lunch distribution, and others). 

Regional competitions will take place around the country throughout March and April (exact locations for the upcoming year will be available in fall 2023). Our finalists will meet for the national finals at Louisiana Tech on May 31-June 1, 2024.

Use the form below to let us know you are interested in volunteering. We’ll pass along your contact information to the respective host school and they will coordinate any assignments. 

Volunteer Interest Form

If you are unable to volunteer but would like to support your local regional competition or the national finals, you can always become a sponsor! Visit for further details.

If you have questions about the events or what you can do to help out, please feel free to contact AISC University Programs at

We sincerely appreciate your contribution to the students and to this competition! We’re looking forward to a great year.

Resources for Volunteer Judges

The following resources are provided to help volunteer judges understand their roles on the day of the competition.

Judges Guide

This guide provides an overview of the competition and descriptions of the specific roles for volunteer judges at each station. It also includes step-by-step instructions for the loading stations per the current year's rules. It can be especially helpful for judges who are new to the competition and looking for more information about what to expect. (Released January 27, 2023)


Equipment Guide

This guide provides instructions on how to set up and operate the standardized equipment at the regional competitions. (Updated August 25, 2022)