School: Univerisity of Texas-RGV
Company: Rovan Texas, LLC
Internship from June 23, 2016 —
In my recent past, in high school and even before when I was younger I have always had my hands at work building things, taking them apart, and learning how they worked. My family has been in the construction industry since they were young and I learned early on that it was good honest work. I decided to intern for Rovan Texas, LLC because they are a well known local company that began as a grass roots operation and now have stretched across the great state of Texas. It is my goal to use what I learn with this company to reach a new, higher platform in the industry with new opportunities and evolve with the art of construction.
What results did you achieve on the internship, and how did you exceed the company's expectations for your role?
I quickly learned the bidding process for delicate multi-million dollar jobs, government and commercial. From take-off’s and estimates to budgets and the process flow of various job, I was able to pick up the strategies and exemplify them as they were asked for. I put in many hours to get numbers in for our company so that we may submit our proposals in a timely manner. This, and in consulting with my senior project manager, we were successful in creating opportunities for our company to land jobs.
What did you learn in this internship that will affect your life in a positive way?
I have learned many skills that will transfer to the next phase of my career in the industry and in daily life as well. Simply, paying attention to detail and reviewing the process to make educated conclusions about every situation is something I will carry on throughout my life. Other things I have learned are that networking is the lifeblood of the industry and that unbridled confidence in every thing that you do makes a world of a difference in every aspect of life. Knowing that no matter the circumstance, YOU CAN get the job done is half of the battle. There are many paths to the end destination and we have to see which path best fits our current needs.
How were you involved with safety and/or quality during your internship, and how did that change your perspective on construction?
I did not recognize all the fine details that went into the process of construction. In just a short time I’ve learned that every specific detail, as a cog, has a very important purpose in it’s machine. You can never be too certain about quality when it comes to planning, details, and take-offs. Every count and measurement matters and can make the difference of thousands of dollars and days, if not weeks worth of hours. To know the details inside and out and put forth the best quality of work is prudent in the construction process. Now I see how important project management is on each of it’s tiers.
After reviewing www.IBuildAmerica.com, tell us what I Build America means to you?
I Build America has instilled a sense of pride in me that I did not posses before. I looked at the construction industry as necessary but nothing more. Now, I see it for what it is worth. Not only is the industry a necessity but serves a purpose of evolution and prosperity for society. Construction is literally the foundation of growth in many aspects of civilization. It effects every nuance of life that we are so privileged to enjoy. I hold a greater value and sense of responsibility now than I ever did what my career. I look forward at what’s to come with optimism and hope thanks to I Build America.