School: Arizona State University
Major: Civil Engineering
Company: Rummel Construction
Internship from May 16, 2016 — August 12, 2016
My name is Jacob Perry. I am a Civil Engineering student at ASU. I chose to do an internship with Rummel Construction this summer. Rummel is well known as a heavy civil company, they move a lot of dirt and are very good at it, specializing in large residential developments and golf courses. While I am looking to be more involved in vertical construction and design, I felt that an internship with Rummel would greatly benefit my understanding of how having a strong foundation greatly impacts buildings of all types.
What results did you achieve on the internship, and how did you exceed the company's expectations for your role?
I learned how to set grade, I learned how to read and interpret grading plans, how to convey these plans on lath and or to the operators and laborers. I learned how complicated and crowded job sites can become working with multiple other contractors at the same time.
Within a week of training I was able to take the place of the full time grade checker on the site I was placed on. I was able to work side by side with the superintendent reading plans and making sure our scope of work was completed in a timely manner.
What did you learn in this internship that will affect your life in a positive way?
I learned that all jobs must have a solid soil foundation before anything can be built. Having the knowledge of soil types, compaction, and grading techniques and being able to have hands on knowledge of all this information greatly increased my understanding of having a good foundation for any type of job.
How were you involved with safety and/or quality during your internship, and how did that change your perspective on construction?
Rummel is a safety first company, we had daily stretch and safety meetings before we began our work for the day. It made me realize how important safety is and how much we take safety for granted as a student. While in college my main focus has just been book work and design safety, personal safety has been overlooked quite a bit and it was nice to be on a jobsite with a company like Rummel that stresses the important aspects of all safety.
After reviewing www.IBuildAmerica.com, tell us what I Build America means to you?
I Build America, to me this means having an opportunity to bring my ideas for a better, more sustainable world to life. I do not know where I will end up when I graduate but I do know that I have an endless amount of opportunities to help contribute to building a better, more sustainable environment.