School: Parkland College
Major: Construction Design and Management
Company: Beaty Construction, Inc.
Internship from May 16, 2016 — August 19, 2016
Hi, my names Mason Harding. My interest in construction really started at a young age watching my father work as plumber. I really enjoyed the hands on work, but I wanted to do more than plumbing. As I got into high school my interest grew as I was able to work with a local contractor throughout the summers following my sophomore and junior years. As of this fall I will be starting my third year of college, working on two associates degree in the construction field. My first degree will be in construction design and management and the second will be in contracting, I am really hoping to get a good feel for both sides of the industry. All the schooling is very helpful, but the one thing I lacked was the hands on experience I needed and this internship was a huge step in gaining the skills I would need to be successful in the construction field.
What results did you achieve on the internship, and how did you exceed the company's expectations for your role?
The results from this internship are more than I could I have ever expected. Not only did I gain the hand on experience I greatly need, but I also acquired a few specialties. One specialty was putting in over 300 hours into the HCSS Dispatching program, the other being I gained hands experience in tie back testing.
I feel I greatly exceeding the companies expectations for my internship. When coming in their main focus was to have me working the HCSS Dispatcher, but as the summer progressed I was able to that and more. After a few weeks of getting a feel for the Dispatcher I was getting sent on many trips to our many different jobs where I was participating in the tie back testing and auger cast pile testing. As I was doing this testing I would still come back to the office and keep the Dispatcher up to date.
What did you learn in this internship that will affect your life in a positive way?
This internship has really shown me that timing and planning are everything the construction field and that weather can be your best friend or worst enemy. This is something that I will thinking daily as I pursue a career in the construction field.
How were you involved with safety and/or quality during your internship, and how did that change your perspective on construction?
I did not deal with a lot of safety. The extent of that was uploading certifications the Dispatcher. I feel I did quite of work on the quality side of things. Specifically relating the tie back and auger cast pile testing. The tie back test is a ten minute test where you apply a specific amount of pressure to a tie back and let it hold for ten minutes. During that time you are watching a little gauge trying to tell if there is any creep. The auger cast pile test is identical I feel, the only real difference is the time. The auger cast test I participated in were only four hour test, I heard they are usually eight hour test.
After reviewing www.IBuildAmerica.com, tell us what I Build America means to you?
I Build America is a prefect representation of the benefits of working construction. Construction is a field that will always be around, and not just because someone will always need a house. Construction is a lot bigger than that. Construction creates everything we have currently and the things we will have in future. Without construction there wouldn’t be easy means of transportation, big sky scrapers for people to work in, or big warehouses for companies to store their materials. That is why I want to be in the construction I want to be a part of something bigger than working a relatively boring 9-5 job.