School: University of Toledo
Major: Civil Engineering
Company: Kokosing Industrial
Internship from 6/15/15 — 8/11/15
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For the past 8 weeks of my internship I have worked on a few little things just trying to learn the ropes of being a part of the design group. This internship was after my freshman year in college so I was trained on AutoCAD, taught how to draw up plans, and received a furthered education in Microsoft Excel. With all this knowledge I created three complete Excel Macros. One macro creates all the different combinations possible for different loads by using the binary system, another macro converts pressures, and the third macro graphs soil boring tests in AutoCAD based off of the information it was given and the information the macro calculated. I have also worked with other engineers drawing up plans on AutoCAD for jobs in Toledo and Indianapolis.
What results did you achieve on the project(s), and what impact did they have on the company?
The design group at Kokosing now uses the excel spreadsheets with embedded macros that I created in their day to day lives. The spreadsheets help in an efficient way by cutting down on time used to convert pressures, find all the possible load combinations, or graph soil boring test.
I also helped with a project in Toledo by drawing up foundation plans for the pre-engineered metal building and drawing up plans for the permanent sheet pile wall that will be placed by the transformer foundation.
There was also a project I worked on that is in Indiana that involved an excavation. I helped another engineer by drawing up plans for the excavation on AutoCAD and doing research on the equipment involved.
What real-life technical or business skills did you learn during the internship?
I have learned a lot of technical skills this summer by being exposed to AutoCAD and Microsoft Excel VBA. I came into this internship knowing nothing about either of those and I’m leaving with a great deal of knowledge.
I have also learned business skills by realizing that the guys in the field believe the office people punch some numbers and have an easy answer, and the office people sometimes don’t realize everything the field guys have to do. There is a lot of understanding needed when working on a project because the office people and the field guys both need time, so patience and communication is needed.
What did you learn in this internship that will affect your life in a positive way?
This summer I never expected to get an internship. At the beginning of the summer I was majoring in Mechanical Engineering but I had no clue what I wanted to do with it. One day I came into the Kokosing office with my dad to talk to people in order to figure out what I wanted to do with my major. A couple days later I got a call saying they wanted to interview me for an internship with the design group. Now that I’ve spent my summer here, I now know where I want to head with my major which has been a huge relief in my life. This experience has led me to majoring in Civil Engineering and then going towards getting my PE. This Experience has affecting my life in a positive way by giving me an idea of how I wish to continue my education.
Where do you think technology will make the biggest impact in construction in the next few years, and how will it do that?
This summer I worked on a lot of excel macros that made it easier for the engineers to get the information they needed, so I believe technology in a few years will simplify a lot of the long processes some engineers have to go through in order to get an answer.