School: Wentworth Institute of Technology
Major: Construction Management
Company: Bond Brothers
Internship from August 17, 2015 — December 18, 2015
From a very young age I had the desire to make a physical impact on the world around me. I wanted to create something tangible that would bring happiness to others as well as myself. I first experienced this enjoyment as a child building with Legos. My mother, filled with pride, would display my work prominently in our family home. As I grew up, I found myself gravitating towards work that involved building things. I would often tinker with broken appliances in my house and felt a great sense of accomplishment when I fixed them.
I chose to pursue a career in the Construction Management industry to fulfill my desire to make positive changes for people in the real world. I also enjoy working in a fast paced environment that demands constant self-improvement. As an intern at BOND, we were motivated to produce quality work, learning new aspects of the project every day. I felt a sense of accomplishment when we turned over finished projects back to the owner. The Owner of each project was delighted to see his or her dreams come true.
I feel that as a person, if you find something you genuinely enjoy and are truly interested in, you devote more time to learning about that subject matter and you find yourself immersed in it. Working with BOND provided me an opportunity to grow and develop professionally while working hands on and networking with other industry professionals.
In addition, BOND’s company values are aligned with my own. They strive to provide the utmost quality work while maintaining the highest integrity, and these are traits that describes me well.Above all, this internship help reinforce my decision to study Construction Management.
What results did you achieve on the internship, and how did you exceed the company's expectations for your role?
Prior to my internship, I had no previous in-field construction knowledge besides basic in-class knowledge I learned from Wentworth. My supervisors/ mentors at Bond Brothers were very understanding of that and never hesitated to answer any questions I had regarding drawings that I performed take-off on, or how a certain process was done. Because of this, I felt that I was able to learn about and understand construction means and methods very quickly. Through the use of estimating software, I was able to efficiently assist our estimators with quantity take-offs, as well as to help the project managers’ better keep track of the budget. We worked as a team and communicated efficiently amongst each other to make sure we were all on the same page. I feel that I’ve really developed a sense of camaraderie in working with my supervisor and our project team members.
My personality played a critical role in exceeding the company’s expectation for my role. I am a very inquisitive person, and I am not afraid to ask questions. I knew that I was in a very collaborative environment and that my supervisors would be willing to explain anything that I didn’t understand. As a person, I want to find the most efficient way to do things. I am also not afraid of failure—I embrace it because it helps me improve and better myself. I am also not afraid to take on more tasks, even if they were not entirely in the job description; I wanted to make the most of my internship, and I was ready and willing to take on any task that my supervisors assigned me.
What did you learn in this internship that will affect your life in a positive way?
During my internship at Bond Brothers, I was really able to develop both professionally and personally. I learned a lot about the construction industry from my mentors during my internship. I worked with veterans of the industry, and they were all willing to lend a hand to a young professional who wanted so desperately to “get his feet wet” in the industry. This hands-on experience coupled with my in-class knowledge from Wentworth really helped me gain a better understanding of the industry, as well as a greater appreciation for it. I felt that I was making strides toward fulfilling my childhood dream, and I gained a lot of personal satisfaction and self-confidence from that also. From this experience, I knew that this was a field that I was very passionate about and will have a great future in.
I worked very diligently during my internship. I felt that one of the biggest takeaways from this work experience was that a good work ethic will help me learn more about the industry and become a better working professional. I was able to gain experiences that have been invaluable toward my professional development and my career in the industry, and I am grateful for that.
Through communicating with subcontractors, I was really able to improve my communication skills and how I can effectively get my point across to people. I found that this was helpful in both my professional and personal life. I am able to network with more people in both respects as a result and to also create better relationships through more effective communication.
How were you involved with safety and/or quality during your internship, and how did that change your perspective on construction?
On my internship, I was involved in the quality control aspect of our projects. Through the use of our online software, I was able to create a list of issues known as a pre-punch list (or a contractor’s punch list before the architect’s punch list). The issues were brought to the attention of respective subcontractors to remedy defective or incomplete work prior to the architect’s punch list. This ensures that the highest quality and attention to detail is maintained on the project, and it also saves time on the architect’s punch list in that the architect would not have to identify as many items to rectify.
Quality control and safety/ risk management are two very important aspects of construction. This can be looked at from different perspectives. On one hand, quality speaks volumes for a company. It is important that the utmost quality is maintained on projects because this will enable our quality of work to serve as a testimonial of our standards for future clients, as well as secure repeat clients. Our work is a reflection of who we are, and we need to hold that to high consideration on all of our projects. Safety is also highly important because we want to ensure that our projects don’t cause any injuries or fatalities not only for our workers but also for pedestrians and others that are around our project parameters. If an activity cannot be completely safely, it’s important to seek alternatives for it.
After reviewing www.IBuildAmerica.com, tell us what I Build America means to you?
I Build America is about pride and awareness for the construction industry. The general public (those who don’t really understand our industry) view us as the people making noise, or the people disrupting traffic on their commute. Construction is more than that—it’s about job creation, it’s about improving the overall well-being of the community, it’s about improving the infrastructure that is used to sustain these communities, it’s about more than the stereotypes and misconceptions held about the industry. As someone who is passionate about the construction industry, I want to help the public realize the value that we bring to the table and the positive impact that the industry has on public life. In doing this, I also want to inspire the next generation of construction managers in showing them the fulfillment and sense of accomplishment I have received from a career in this industry.