School: Arizona State University
Major: Construction Management
Company: Granite Construction
Internship from May 12, 2016 — August 12, 2016
In the Fall I am going to be a Senior studying Construction Management at Arizona State University. I choose to do an internship in construction because I have always been interested in heavy equipment and construction as a kid growing up. I knew that with an internship I would be learning about the management side of construction and if this is something I would like to do as a career.
What results did you achieve on the internship, and how did you exceed the company's expectations for your role?
From my internship I gained skills pertaining to fundamental project management skills and understanding. I also gained project technical skills and a general understanding how Granite Construction operates as a whole company. I exceeded the company’s expectations for my role by consistently putting my full effort into every task I was assigned. I would ask questions if I was unsure about something and was always pro actively thinking about the job and how I could contribute.
What did you learn in this internship that will affect your life in a positive way?
From this internship I learned how to recognize hazards on a job site and how to take proper action to avoid potential hazards. Being able to recognize an unsafe work site is very important for any job type. I also learned how to communicate better with personnel in the field.
How were you involved with safety and/or quality during your internship, and how did that change your perspective on construction?
Every shift we had a take 5 safety meeting that I took part in. We went over all the potential hazards and how we were going to avoid them. Once a week in the main office we would have a safety meeting to go over all of the safety accidents and near misses for the entire region. This would give me a good idea about how other job are doing and what kind of hazards they are working through compared to my job. Once a month we would have a supervisors meeting where all the foreman would attend and we would go more in depth about all the accidents and what we are going to do to fix these incidents so they do not occur again. This changed my perspective of construction because now I am always looking for potential hazards and what should be done to avoid them. I realized how dangerous a construction site actually is and how important it is for all workers to have sufficient training before everything they do in the field.
After reviewing www.IBuildAmerica.com, tell us what I Build America means to you?
I Build America shows the importance of construction in america, whether it is our infrastructure, buildings or homes they are all important to our quality of life. I Build America is providing recognition for the value construction and the importance of training future generations about construction. Construction is often looked at as different trades that are low on the totem pole and unsuccessful people, but in reality construction workers are some of the most important people around. Men and Women, construction companies, and supporters of construction need to all come together to ensure there will be high quality workers to build the future American society we need.