Getting Rocky at MGE Drilling Competition

A UA student uses a jackleg drill to bore holes in a giant rock outside Old Main during the 2014 competition.

On Friday, April 21, UA mining and geological engineering students will test their drill skills at an annual rock-drilling competition outside Old Main.

Each student has two minutes and a 130-pound jackleg drill to bore as deep a hole as possible in the 20-ton rock, and the lucky winner gets hosed down by their teammates or thrown into the Old Main fountain.

Curious? Watch the 2014 competitors in action.

The competition runs from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is open to the public.

University of Arizona College of Engineering