School: Louisiana State University
Major: Construction Management
Company: Grand Isle Shipyard
Internship from May 18, 2015 —
For starters, my name is Brady Bergeron. I’m currently about to begin my 5th semester at LSU in Baton Rouge, LA, and my 3rd semester in Construction Management. After changing majors twice in my first two semesters and realizing I had no clue what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, a few friends were telling me about them majoring in Construction Management. I started to look further into and thought “why not, I’ll give it a shot.” Well shortly after changing my major, before I even began taking any CM classes, I got a call from my uncle saying his company which does industrial construction work was looking for an intern. He had no idea I had even changed my major to construction management. After working in the construction industry, I had realized this is what I want to do for the rest of my life!
What results did you achieve on the internship, and how did you exceed the company's expectations for your role?
In our company, there are numerous different divisions from the Proposal and Bidding, to Estimating, to Project Execution/Management for Maintenance work, Electrical, Mechanical and many more. When I first began my internship I was bouncing from each division helping where I could. I started at the beginning of Summer and would begin the CM curriculum when school picked back up in the Fall. When I began taking the intro to CM in the fall and other CM courses, I was already familiar with the terms and processes, which was very helpful! My “internship” well into a job when they wanted to keep me on. Here we are a year and a half later, and I’m now taking over for our Contract Administrator while she is out on maternity leave. From beginning as an intern to where I am now, I am grateful for how much trust the company has in me for my job and the opportunity to keep learning about the industry first hand.
What did you learn in this internship that will affect your life in a positive way?
I learned a love for the construction industry. After a year and a half with GIS (Grand Isle Shipyard, Inc.) and 3 college majors later, I KNOW this is what I want to do. I’m so thankful to have this opportunity that “fell in my lap.” Watching projects from start to finish is a very rewarding job. Through stressful at times, seeing a project completed makes it worth it! I learned to apply that aspect outside of work also. Though LIFE can be stressful at times and you will hit bumps in the road, but persevering and moving past them to get to the “finish line” is the most important goal.
How were you involved with safety and/or quality during your internship, and how did that change your perspective on construction?
Even though I am in the office, safety is very important to everyone. We have safety minutes before each meeting and safety at the jobsites is our top priority. One of my roles during my internship was filling out prequalification’s for the Proposal department to send to clients for jobs we wished to bid on. Every single RFI I had completed inquired about safety and quality, and many were very in-depth. I not only learned so much about the processes and procedures for our company, but how important safety is in the industry as a whole. Towards my perspective on construction, it makes me enjoy it even more knowing that safety is a top priority and that companies truly care about the safety of all employees. It reassures me that I will be working in a comfortable work environment.
After reviewing www.IBuildAmerica.com, tell us what I Build America means to you?
To me, I Build America is a movement that I feel would have been helpful to me at the point of my life when I did not know what career I wanted to pursue. I love how Mike Rydin addresses the dangers, hazards, and rough conditions of construction because people need to be aware of the hard work put in to these projects. I respect how he refers to the industry so positively and that he brings-to-light how rewarding it is to complete a project and the impact that it has on our economy. But what I love most about I Build America, is it’s mission to just inform the youth of the endless possibilities that this industry offers and how this movement’s goal is for the youth to see the industry in a positive light and be more aware of the careers the construction industry offers. I wish I would have known about this movement a couple years back when I was clueless about the industry.