School: Sacramento State University
Major: Civil Engineering
Company: Intermountain Slurry Seal
Internship from May 26, 2015 —
I am a wife, mother, civil engineering student, and intern for Intermountain Slurry Seal. I started working in the office of a construction company was I was 17 and automatically knew this was the field I wanted to be in. After spending time in the field, I found it amazing how much could be accomplished in an eight hour day. My internships have given me a deep passion and respect for the construction industry.
What results did you achieve on the internship, and how did you exceed the company's expectations for your role?
I have had the opportunity to see a job grow from the early stage of estimating, to construction, to completion. This internship has given me a very well rounded view of the slurry seal industry. I started off by ordering plans and specs for bidding purposes, doing take offs, and turning in bids. I learned quickly and asked to do more. After that, I got to work alongside the estimator and learned how to use HeavyBid. I can now bid almost an entire job by myself. With a little more time, I am confident that I can come up with an estimate for a project that will match the estimator’s.
What did you learn in this internship that will affect your life in a positive way?
This internship gave me a new perspective on people. The slurry seal industry is different from other construction because we send our crews all over the map for weeks at a time. The crews stay in hotels and spend lots of time away from their families. Our crews are made up of extremely hard working and dedicated employees. I find them to be inspiring. They inspire me to work harder to get these jobs ready for them to build and they remind me not to take my time home with my family for granted.
How were you involved with safety and/or quality during your internship, and how did that change your perspective on construction?
I sat in on multiple pre construction meetings. We talked about scheduling, ordering materials, and other things of that nature, but most of our time was spent talking about safety. Road construction is extremely dangerous. Safety is always our top priority for our crews and the public. I know now that construction and safety go hand in hand; you can not have one without the other.
After reviewing www.IBuildAmerica.com, tell us what I Build America means to you?
I build America showcases all of the reasons I take pride in my internship, my studies, and in construction. Through construction, we are putting roofs over people’s heads, providing clean water, and making our country beautiful. I especially love the thought of recruiting the next generation into construction. Our accomplishments will live on through my generation and through my daughter’s generation.