WESTFORD — Nashoba Tech electrical students were recently invited to tour Gillette Stadium.
Students from the Electrical Technology program spent a day with Jim Kelly, director of facility operations for Kraft Sports and Entertainment.
“These kids got an experience that will probably never be replicated, which, in turn, created memories all these kids will cherish for a lifetime,” said Electrical Instructor Robert Baker.
According to Baker, the tour took nearly six months to schedule.
“While we were there, they were setting up the field for a New England Revolution soccer game,” Baker said. “They were also making preparations to set up for Monster Jam and three nights of Taylor Swift concerts, as well as a slew of private events, like the NFL draft and several high-school proms.”
Students toured electrical and mechanical rooms and toured the site with new construction, including where a new 22,000-square-foot screen will be installed.
Students also met electricians from Murphy Electric and engineers from UG2.
“It was very clear to me, from the moment we got there, that James had his hands full with everything going on at Gillette Stadium,” Baker said. “Despite that, he took several hours out of his already busy day to show us around.”
He continued, “he went above and beyond to show our students that electrical isn’t just lights, plugs and switches at your home.”
Baker says the students “were in awe.”
According to Electrical Instructor Peter Martin, a highlight of the tour was learning how the new screen was installed and how “all of the individual monitors work together for one picture.”
Students also learned about how the Kraft Group is focused on alternative energy sources, according to Martin.
“This was an excellent chance for students to learn about another career opportunity that exists within the electrical field,” Martin said.