Josh Denton's job requires placing cement where no one would think a cement truck could go.
On Saturday, Denton taught four Cub Scouts how to do the same.
Cub Scout Pack 116 of Appling paid a visit to Pioneer Concrete Pumping Service to learn about simple and complex machines.
All the boys in the pack are second-graders at North Columbia Elementary School.
"They see that big machines are made of small machines," said Suzanne McMahen, Pioneer office manager and mother of Pack 116 Scout Caleb. "We have these huge bridges and buildings because of machines."
The day began slowly for Caleb, Ian Peterson, Curtis Curry and Lane Kranich. First, they were told about levers, screws, pulleys and wedges - all considered simple machines.
As fellow Scout Ian Peterson watches, Caleb uses a remote control to maneuver the pumping hose of a cement truck. Truck operator Josh Denton (left) said it was "neat to see" the boys get excited about the work.
Photos by Louie Villalobos
Then came the highlight of the trip.
Under Denton's guidance, the boys took turns operating the tip hose of a cement pumping truck. Pioneer General Manager J.J. Johnson said the hose is capable of dispensing 170 cubic yards of concrete an hour.
"It's a way to provide a service to the community," said Johnson of letting the boys use his $130,000 truck.
Each Scout was allowed to wear a remote-control box around his neck and maneuver the hose, which is used to pump concrete at construction sites that trucks can't get to - such as unfinished bridges.
Denton said he has placed his own 2-year-old son in the cab of the truck, but letting the Scouts use the controls was a new experience for him.
"It's neat to see other kids get excited about this," Denton said.
Though the boys had fun, den leader Lance Kranich said taking the boys to sites such as Pioneer also gives them a chance to learn.
"All the stuff from the Scouts is teaching them something," Kranich said. "It's all educational based."
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