School: Dakota County Technical College
Major: Civil Engineering
Company: MEYER CONTRACTING
Internship from June 9, 2015 — August 22, 2016
My Name is Hunter Walker I Live in Cannon Falls, MN and I’m currently a Field Engineer Intern With Meyer Contracting INC. So I didn’t actually choose to be an intern in the construction field. The internship just fell into place with time. I applied at Meyer back in May 2015. I got hired on in June and my first day was June 9th. I was never told the job I would be doing and I assumed I was going to be a laborer. After my first day it was clear I was hired by Meyer as an intern.
What results did you achieve on the internship, and how did you exceed the company's expectations for your role?
I’ve achieved great results working for Meyer. Some of the results I’ve achieved were learning to drive Heavy Equipment, Learning how to lead a crew, Learning how to bid using Heavy Bid, Using Heavy Job to Enter time cards and so much more. I believe I’ve exceeded the company’s expectations for a number of reasons. In 2015 I was the Only Intern on Staff. I think during my 2015 internship i was able to prove to HR that interns are a great asset to the company. In 2016 Meyer had a total of 8 Interns including myself. I was asked to help the new interns get the hang of many tasks are given.
What did you learn in this internship that will affect your life in a positive way?
I’ve learned so many things during my internship with Meyer. Everything I learned will affect my life positively. When i first started as a intern in June of 2015 i was immediately introduced to Heavy Job. I used Heavy Job to enter time cards for the crew on site. While using heavy job I obtained new roles. I started tracking Daily quantities and worked closely with the Job inspector to make sure things were going smoothly. These two things were my main tasks for most of 2015. Towards the end of 2015 i began working on Bidding new projects. I learned how to solicitate for quotes and how to read plans. I began school in August of 2015 with a major of Network Admin. I had the opportunity to work all Winter on one of the projects I helped bid during the summer. During the Winter I learned how to be a crew leader and I expanded my skills with heavy job. During the Winter I was introduced to Heavy Bid where I learned to set up projects we were bidding. In April of 2016 I was managing two projects we had in Red wing ,MN. I worked closely with two Superintendents all summer. During mid summer I learned that I really love my job and construction. I made the decision to switch my major to Civil Engineering. So to wrap this all together I learned a lot of things in two summers and it will all be useful and have a positive affect on my life in the future.
How were you involved with safety and/or quality during your internship, and how did that change your perspective on construction?
I Was asked to join the safety committee half way through the summer of 2015.After being on this committee I realized the dangers of construction and why its important to be safe while working. I was not really apart of making sure the quality of the project was meeting the standards of the client. I did have the superintendents ask for my option a few times. I think just being introduced to a construction environment has changed my perspective on construction as a whole. I love working Construction and I really enjoy being able to tell people I helped build this or I helped design that.
After reviewing www.IBuildAmerica.com, tell us what I Build America means to you?
I build America to me is family. Every single construction worker is apart of building bigger and better things. With out construction america would be a big piece of land with nothing on it but nature.