School: California Baptist University
Major: Construction Management
Company: R.D. Olson Construction
Internship from May 9, 2016 — August 18, 2016
My name is Joe Martin I am from Huntington Beach California I am 22 years old and attend California Baptist University located in Riverside CA. I will be receiving my Bachelors of Science in Construction Management in April of 2017. Growing up in a Construction family I have seen just how valuable being around the construction industry and field has played in my academics as well as my internship experiences. My Father has been in the construction industry for 40+ years. He started as drywall install in homes and has worked his way up the ladder to senior vice president of construction for a major developer in southern California. With be able to grow up with my father in the industry I have picked up on many of the industries means and method prior to enter internships and my superior have noticed from the techniques as well as the vernacular I use. I choose a internship in the construction industry due to the fact that i known with a internship I would be able to apply all of the construction knowledge that I have learned over the past three years and be able to put that to real life construction sites. As well as living in southern California the hot bed for the construction industry I known I will have the knowledge as well as the field experience to jump right in to the one hottest building industries in are nation.
What results did you achieve on the internship, and how did you exceed the company's expectations for your role?
The company that I interned for this pass summer was R.D. Olson Construction located in Irvine California which is #302 on ENR Magazine Top 400 and #50 in ENR Magazine Top 50 California Contractors. I was brought in to help with bid evaluations and estimating for project in southern California. One specific project was the ground Marriott Residence Inn located in Goleta CA I assisted in some of the final bidding. The lead project engineer was leaving the company so they had no one to fill the position. So my Sr.Project Manager gave me a chance and made me the lead project engineer as a intern for the project. I assisted in the start up and coordinating all the necessary subs to begin the project. I worked side by side with the superintendent to write RFIs, Coordinate site set up, and write contracts, procurement site layout, developed sequences for each trade. I also would drive to the project site every Tuesday to hold a on site sub coordination meeting to discuss the next mile stones that needed to be completed and any issues that come along. From the companies perceptive I exceeded all of the expectations as being a intern and being able to step up and be the Lead project engineer and coordinate all of the job start up responbilities.
What did you learn in this internship that will affect your life in a positive way?
The main positive i will be taking away from this internship is confidences in my work and knowledge. Their was several times when I had to make decision on the site on the spot or the work would be impeded. I had to trust myself in what I had learned and the knowledge I have obtained from school and my previous internships and make the decision. It was the correct decision and the senior management was very impressed with my judgement of the situation. I think in the previous internships I was the just a intern project engineer and would help out were ever I was told but did not have much weight the cost of the project or schedule. Were with this internship I played a much larger factor in the success of the project going on.
How were you involved with safety and/or quality during your internship, and how did that change your perspective on construction?
When i would be on site to hold the sub coordination meeting the head of safety would be on site as well. After each meeting the head of Safety, the superintendent and myself would walk the job and he would check all of the different areas for safety protocol. I think i learned a lot about safety by reading all of the requirements that needed to be in place and coordinating with the superintendent to ensure all of the subs on site were in full compliance. As well as the better understanding of we do it from them. Which means more than just the sub contractor employees we do it for are loved ones as well as each and everyone of the loved ones of the sub contractors employees.
After reviewing www.IBuildAmerica.com, tell us what I Build America means to you?
I would say I Build America means to me is it shows the men and women of America that make it possible for us to live and travel every day. With out the men and women that do the construction work we would not have such a great nation to live in. It also shows that we should have a huge appreciation for the men and women that keep are roads drive able, pipes running water and electricity to are homes, shopping center, and sporting venues. As Americans we take all of those things for granted and we dont always realize the sacrifices the men and women make when there is emergency work that needs to get done at 3 in the morning in the freezing snow and rain. Those workers dont blink a eye because they known its their responsibility to get the emergency work done in the quickest way, highest quality as well as being safe themselves and their coworker and for the public.