Company: Prince Contracting, LLC
Internship from August 5, 2015 — August 3, 2017
The construction field has always interested me as a young boy. Growing up without a father was hard, as I was always looking for the next thing to make me a better man for my family and community. Every time I would drive and see construction workers I would always think to myself, now it takes a dedicated person to spend their time in the hot Florida sun to build roads or homes for the community they lives in. It was shortly after that thought in which I decided to take the path of a construction worker. The industry is always changing and growing with new technology coming into place, so there is always something new to learn. I was raised on the saying “you learn something new every day” and in this business that is most certainly the case! Each and every day I strive to learn something new, but as well as teaching one person something new that they didn’t know before waking up that morning. I chose to internship in construction because I can help build my community and future developments, without the worry of getting sedentary and having the ability to gain knowledge each day.
What results did you achieve on the internship, and how did you exceed the company's expectations for your role?
I was brought on as a Project Coordinator to help on-board new hires, over see the contracts and purchase orders, track time for employees and equipment in HeavyJobs, along with many more duties. I decided to go above and beyond by taking those tasks to a perfection. I wanted to learn more and more so I made sure my duties were completed to ensure I would have the opportunity to inquire about something new I had yet to gain knowledge on. This project called for two project coordinators, the other one was let go do to lack of performance and tardiness. My company afterwards didn’t hire another one because they were comfortable knowing I could manage it all alone. To this day, it is only me managing the duties of the office. Also, I was happy to have the chance to meet the Governor of Florida when he visited our project.
What did you learn in this internship that will affect your life in a positive way?
The knowledge i have retained from this internship will follow me to each and every job that follows in my near future. Learning how to read and decipher different sections to subcontracts will give me a better outlook on how they are written prior to a project starting. Having the ability to over-see invoices for every item that was purchased has given me a fair idea on what is a decent cost for certain items that will be bought on every construction site. Getting to see first hand how blue prints are read, will give me the advantage of knowing how to decipher the drawings and explain to someone who may not know what is shown there in front of them. Learning how to communicate in a group and share ideas to better the outcome of the project is something that I can take to every job site and help the group communicate without one person being left out. There is a reason for everything, and I’ve learned that you might not use your knowledge today, but one day down the road it can benefit you greatly!
How were you involved with safety and/or quality during your internship, and how did that change your perspective on construction?
I was actually the man in charge of ordering everyone’s PPE or safety gear. Prior to working at a construction site I was always that guy speeding through the site to get to wherever I needed to get without the care of the workers lives who were out there risking their lives for me to drive on that road. That has all changed! Now, I’m the guy driving as cautious as possible because I understand the lives that are at risk now. Maintenance of Traffic is a huge part of any job site and my perspective on safety now is, on any job it should be the number one main concern. Nobody should be put in danger when they go to work. With a little bit of care and patience we can all be safe and go home to our family’s at the end of the day!
After reviewing www.IBuildAmerica.com, tell us what I Build America means to you?
I Build America to me means that without our construction workers we wouldn’t live in the modern world we live in today. People dedicate their lives to making America a better place, not only for themselves but the others that are here as well. America has many workers who are willing to work under crazy conditions of heat, snow and storms and without these people we wouldn’t have the modern roadways or building that exist today. I feel like our construction workers aren’t recognized how they need to be and deserve better praise. I want to be apart of the group who is building America one road at a time, along with helping get each and everyone of us recognized for the hard work that we put in.