School: Oregon Institute of Technology
Major: Land Survey and Geographic Information Systems
Company: Wildish Standard Paving Co.
Internship from 6/24/15 — 9/18/15
This summer, I worked for Wildish Standard Paving Co. on the ODOT Newberg-Dundee bypass project, phase 1e. I was very involved in both the earthwork and structures sides of the project.
My main focus was maintaining and managing our GPS equipment, including any machine control applications.
What results did you achieve on the project(s), and what impact did they have on the company?
Overall, I feel I had a very successful summer at Wildish Standard Paving. When I first began I was given the task of making sure all of the information we were currently using in the GPS equipment was accurate. Upon researching the project surveys and looking at the project files, I found that part of the earthwork of the project was being done in the wrong location. Because I caught this early enough, we were able to correct the data and use the machine control to correct our mistakes. This ended up saving Wildish Standard Paving over $50,000 just for this part of the project.
Beyond this, I was trained as a project manager, managing any land surveys which needed to be done, GPS equipment and data, ordering and recieving earth work structures (such as manholes and drainage pipe), training equipment operators on machine control equipment, and managing trucker time cards for media hauling.
What real-life technical or business skills did you learn during the internship?
I learned a lot in this position. I learned a lot about how to manage personnel in general but more specifically, I learned a lot about how to manage a team. Wildish Standard Paving has shown me how to create a cohesiveness within a group of coworkers. Not only this, but I have learned how to carefully manage company money and the payroll which goes with it.
This internship gave me the opportunity to learn about data management and how organization is key to keeping a smooth constant workflow.
What did you learn in this internship that will affect your life in a positive way?
I learned that the most important part of being successful is finding a position and team where you fit in. This summer has taught me to work hard and not settle for anything less than what you dream of.
I began this summer at a different company which was far from where I wanted to be. My coworkers were not pleasant, the company was poorly run and I didn’t feel welcomed. Wildish gave me a chance and I swung for the fences and couldn’t be happier. I learned that hard work really does pay off!
Where do you think technology will make the biggest impact in construction in the next few years, and how will it do that?
Machine control and GPS. This is a field waiting to boom. This will become and industry standard because of the time and money saved. Not to mention the accuracy gained!