School: Cincinnati State
Major: Civil Engineering Technologies-Surveying option
Company: Abercrombie And Associates
Internship from May 9, 2016 — August 22, 2016
My name is Charles Christopher Steffey, or my preferred nickname Chris. I’m currently a student at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College located in Clifton, Ohio. I’m enrolled in the Civil Engineering Technologies major- Surveying Option and as of May 2016, am working a full-time internship with Abercrombie and Associates: Civil Engineering and Land Surveying. My internship lasts for the Summer of 2016, and I will be working another internship in the spring with hopefully the same company. I chose this major because of my interest in road construction as well as the opportunity to be working outside and getting in touch with the environment. I have had interest in working construction since a very young age, and have a positive aptitude towards my future in this industry by starting my own business upon earning my Advanced Surveying Certificate.
What results did you achieve on the internship, and how did you exceed the company's expectations for your role?
Up to this point, I have been trained to use a Sokkia Total Station, I was able to learn more about the use of robotic total stations such as the Trimble S Series. We currently use the Trimble S3 version of the Trimble S Series, and has reduced the amount of time it takes to complete a job while directly boosting the amount of jobs we will be assigned by the day. The expectations of the Co-op Through the company are simple: Show up every day, ask questions if you do not understand something about a task, and stay motivated. I was put into a crew of three once I first started and after having up to at least three months of experience, I’m trusted to work with a crew of two.
What did you learn in this internship that will affect your life in a positive way?
The most important thing I’ve learned all semester is to boost my self esteem and confidence level. I have noticed the growth in my confidence, motivation, as well as my ability to not be afraid to more questions if I do not understand a topic risen dramatically over the past two months on the job. This was my main goal since the start of the semester, and I feel much better about myself for achieving this goal.
How were you involved with safety and/or quality during your internship, and how did that change your perspective on construction?
Every month, we have field staff meetings to discuss any issues we’ve had in the month prior to the meeting. Last month’s issue was about my crew leader being told by the designer to stake a right of way corner which happened to be right next to a telephone box. We felt that it was not a huge deal to do so, so he went and staked a pin on the point and hit an electric line that had a 70,000 watt voltage that should have killed him. This made me realize that this is more dangerous of a job than I originally thought. However, this was a risk I was willing to take in order to work in a field which fuels my passion.
After reviewing www.IBuildAmerica.com, tell us what I Build America means to you?
I Build America Seems to be a motivational website that is based on getting the undecided college students an idea of a possible rewarding career could include in this industry. It seems to be a news experience of new technology being built in the construction industry such as a magazine does with a catalog. I do like that they give some helpful tips in the language barriers for ethnic workers and such and it seems to be a growing website.