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So far in my Co-op with Crowder Construction I have been spending my time working on a couple of bridge packages in North Carolina. Particularly a series of bridges and culverts in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It has been very awakening seeing the Construction Management practices that are used to conquer and work around the rough terrain of the Mountains.
I also have been assisting on a material buyout on an upcoming Bridge in Lexington, NC. My responsibilities include preparing quantity take offs, assisting in scheduling of materials and subcontractors and speaking with vendors and purchasing materials. For the time I have been participating in this great opportunity, I have learned a whole lot but the thing that amazes me about this industry is the opportunity to continual learn something new everyday and further better yourself.
What results did you achieve on the project(s), and what impact did they have on the company?
In my work so far in purchasing materials for the buyout of the upcoming bridge I have already been able to save the company $35,000 from well prepared takeoffs and negotiations with vendors. On the daily basis, I see my role as to lighten the load of the project manager and prepare the work as best as I can.
Each task as minimal or large as it may be plays a key role in the completion of projects. This Co-op has helped me realize how much teamwork goes into work in this industry.
What real-life technical or business skills did you learn during the internship?
This opportunity has allowed me to advance myself professional, between Progress Meetings with the NCDOT, communications with vendors and inspectors or weekly staff meetings it has allowed me to understand how to properly conduct business. There is a certain craft of how to conduct yourself within a professional setting and I believe that this opportunity has allowed me to learn this craft and use it to make projects run smoothly.
What did you learn in this internship that will affect your life in a positive way?
From this internship i have learned the importance of organization. Between the use of field books and planners, there is no way to flourish within this industry if you are not organized. Whether it is keeping your computer records organized, developing task lists or managing the scheduling of projects without strict organization it would be impossible to keep track of all of the things that need to be done.
Where do you think technology will make the biggest impact in construction in the next few years, and how will it do that?
I believe in the upcoming years technology will play a key role on the job site. Particularly in recent history an improvement in clarity has began to trend between Project Managers and those who work on the job site. As technology advances access of important computer programs like coins and primavera will allow work to operate more fluidly. Also by the improvement of technology between office and job site clarity will be improved and construction will progess more smoothly.