School: Oregon State University
Major: Civil Engineering
Company: Wildish Standard Paving
Internship from June 15, 2015 — September 18, 2015
My name is Jessica Lozano and I am about to graduate from Oregon State University with a Civil Engineering degree. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and I am very outgoing and positive. I am the last of 5 children in my family. Both my parents are rocket scientist while most of my siblings are some kind of engineers. I decided to intern in construction to make a difference in the world and help be a part of projects that can improve the world. I want to contribute as much of myself as I can to make the world a safer and more efficient place.
What results did you achieve on the internship, and how did you exceed the company's expectations for your role?
I helped multiple Project Managers with the scheduling, planning, and filing of many different projects. Although I did not get a chance to see a project from bid to check list, I was able to help move along the process at key points. I exceeded my company’s expectations by going above and beyond in every day situations. By taking pride in my work and completing assignments with efficiency and accuracy , I managed to finish a multitude of tasks that were time sensitive, in an easy to understand format, while brightening up the atmosphere with my attitude.
What did you learn in this internship that will affect your life in a positive way?
I learned that I can survive in any situation I am unfamiliar, and possibly nervous. I learned where my weaknesses are, and worked on them to become a stronger employee. And most importantly, I learned that this is the right profession for me, that construction is what I want to do with the rest of my life and every moment from then on will push me towards this career choice.
How were you involved with safety and/or quality during your internship, and how did that change your perspective on construction?
During my internship, I was apart of many meetings concerning safety and quality. Each job I was apart of, I attended at least one safety meeting. During these meetings, crew members, project managers, and safety coordinators gather and discuss recent safety issues that may have come up for their project or other projects. It was a chance for everyone and anyone to input their opinion or concerns about safety regulations or activities that are going on in or around a job site. This changed my perspective on construction because it made me realize that safety is not one person or a handful of people’s responsibility, it is everyone’s. Everyone is responsible and should look after everyone because on the crew we are all family and look out for one another. Quality meetings were similar to safety meetings but focused on the outcome of a task rather than its safety concerns. Quality meetings were a gathering of mostly project managers, owners, and city inspectors for the purpose of communication; the main purpose of these meetings was to ensure everybody had all the same information and that the project was going as planned. These meetings opened my eyes to how much time and attention each project manager gave to each of his or her own projects; they rarely only worked on one at a time.
After reviewing www.IBuildAmerica.com, tell us what I Build America means to you?
I Build America gives me a reason that I am in construction; I am here to improve the lives of people all around our country. I am here to help solve our problems by using the tools I have. We rely on the men and women who build our infrastructures to keep us healthy and safe. We should be thankful for their hard work and perspiration that keeps our society moving forward.