School: Michigan State University
Major: Construction Management
Company: Ideal Contracting
Internship from 5/11/15 — 8/21/15
My internship with Ideal started with me working in the steel division.I was put on the GM Lansing Grand River assembly plant project, where we were tasked with erecting and detailing all of the structural and miscellaneous steel for the new stamping plant addition.At the end of the summer I was moved to work under an estimator helping him with general take offs and other miscellaneous tasks he needed done.
What results did you achieve on the project(s), and what impact did they have on the company?
We were able to complete the structural steel of the building before we were scheduled to and then were able to finish the other miscellaneous steel right on schedule and the total project came in slightly under budget.With this project we were also able to pass our AISC certification audit which I was tasked with making sure everything was in order.After I was moved to estimating I was able to assist with submitting 2 bids that are still not awarded as of now.
What real-life technical or business skills did you learn during the internship?
During my internship I fine tuned all of my skills with Microsoft office and was able to learn a few new programs such as BlueBeam Revu and On-screen take off.I also attended many budgeting meetings where I started to learn the ins and outs of how to make money in construction.I also learned how to handle conflict with a supplier because of some issues we were having with the steel, which also led me to learn something about the legal process of construction and why it is important to document everything you do.My boss also had a motto that was “a $100 lunch will get you a $100,000 job” which taught me about networking and making connections and friends with in the business. I also learned how to prepare for an Audit by AISC which can help me at future employers
What did you learn in this internship that will affect your life in a positive way?
Through my internship I not only learned skills that I will need to succeed in construction industry but through Ideal’s focus on doing things safely and the correct way I learned that the quickest way to do something is not always the best because when there is an emphasis on speed you lose quality and safety which in the long run can end up costing more money than if it was just done right the first time even if it may take more time.
Where do you think technology will make the biggest impact in construction in the next few years, and how will it do that?
Technology will impact construction by making things faster, more efficient, and greener.A big emphasis in construction right now is sustainable development.From personal experience during this internship I have seen how much waste there is in construction.From the materials used in the field to the amount of paper drawings take up on just a single project.The new apps for smart phones and tablets will shorten the gap from the field to the office which will in turn decrease the time it takes to relay messages or drawings, saving man hours and mistakes.The more receptive a company can be to the new technological changes the more the more money they will make not to mention how much waste they will save.