Sternco Engineers Inc. recently celebrated its 20th anniversary


Sternco Engineers Inc. recently celebrated its 20th anniversary as a business in Yuma founded by owner and principal engineer John R. Sternitzke, PE, CXA. A poster boy for the “local boy comes home” story, he returned to Yuma to start his engineering firm after graduating from the University of Arizona.

Back in 1992 with one employee, one of Sternco's first jobs was the Colorado King paddlewheeler boat that is still in operation at Fisher's Landing. Fast forward to 2012 and the team of 13 employees is on job No. 2,975 and working on projects as detailed as the J-35 simulator at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma and the freefall simulator at Yuma Proving Ground.

Over the years, Sternco has earned certification in indoor air quality, test and balance, plumbing and HVAC designs and as a qualified commissioning authority. Sternco also has received numerous advanced fire protection certificates and training from National Fire Protection Association.

Sternco is a longtime supporter of La Cosecha, an AWC scholarship program for students who experience severe disadvantages.

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Sternco Engineers tackles arc flashes


YUMA, ARIZONA – Approximately 2,000 workers across the U.S. will be admitted to hospital burn units this year due to thermal burns from arc flash or arc blast accidents. Imagine an unsuspecting electrician opening an electrical panel only to discover that he has let loose a lethally dangerous explosion—light flashes so bright that it permanently damages eyes with heat that is 4 times the surface of the sun.

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Sternco Engineers celebrates new P.E.


YUMA, ARIZONA –Matt Larson, a Mechanical Engineer with Sternco Engineers, Inc. has completed all the requirements and has become a professional engineer. After passing his P.E. Exam, the board of technical registration approved Matt’s application on March, 27, 2012, and he is officially a registered engineer. Larson graduated in 2005 with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from South Dakota State University. He grew up in Starbuck, MN and started with Sternco in May, 2009.

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