School: Keene State College
Major: Occupational Safety and Health Applied Sciences
Company: LPCiminelli Inc.
Internship from June 13, 2016 — August 20, 2016
My Name is Matt Goss and i am a Occupational Safety and Health Applied Sciences major at Keene State College. I am currently an Safety intern at LPCiminelli Inc. (located in Buffalo, NY) and have been for the last two summers. I chose to do an internship in construction because i am a third generation safety professional and have been around it my entire life. My father Jim Goss, has been in the industry for 30 years and opened my eyes to the profession. I take pride in being a safety professional because of my care for people. My number one priority every day when my boots hit the job site is to help every man and women on site with issues regarding their safety and also engineering new working conditions to create a safe working environment. Another reason why i chose to go into the construction industry is the fascination with the process of a building going up. I have great respect for this industry, the men and women on site, and the pride we all have when the project is completed. The two jobs i have been on have been the largest solar panel factory and solar research center (solar city) in the western hemisphere (1.2 million sq. ft.). The second job i was on was The University at Buffalo School of Biomedical Medicine. The $375 million project is 628,000 sq. ft. building.
What results did you achieve on the internship, and how did you exceed the company's expectations for your role?
There were many results that i achieved within my internship, the first was relationships. The professional relationships i made with workers and management within the companies I worked with will last throughout my carrier. These relationships will benefit myself in future jobs and will make it easier to work “safely” together. The second result was knowledge. You can only learn so much from a book or in a classroom, the first hand knowledge i gained from being thrown into the mix is the reason my grades picked up in my safety related classes. The growth of learning that occurred was amazing and actually being out in the field made it easier to grasp. The last result was that i proved myself. I proved myself not only to my self, to the company and also my family. I am very happy how having two summers of internships matured me as a person and also helped my future. I proved myself to my family in that the thousands of dollars spent on school were worth it, and that along with my internship i am ready for life after college. At LPCiminelli Inc. i was the first safety intern and the two summers of internships were considered extended job interviews. As the days go on and i am almost done with my second summer at LPCiminelli i feel like a great fit for the company as a person and also as a employee.
What did you learn in this internship that will affect your life in a positive way?
I learned several key positive principles in the two summers i have been interning. The first is professionalism. Handling yourself as a professional at the age of twenty and twenty one years of age is very hard in the construction industry. As college student most classmates of mine have the luxury of going out on weekdays during the summer where i was in bed by ten every night because the job started at 6 a.m 20 miles away from my house. Having to sacrifice “summer fun” and grow up faster than others is worth it when a good carrier is only a few years away. Growing up and holding my self to a higher standard all came from my Internship with LPCimenelli and carried past my internship and into life. The second key principle i learned was getting down and personal with co workers and especially the workers on site. Showing that i cared and listened to them created a several positive working relationships. My goal to every worker is to have them home safe with their families, and not a call home.
How were you involved with safety and/or quality during your internship, and how did that change your perspective on construction?
I was always involved in safety granted because my major is Occupational Safety and Health applied Sciences. Safety is the name of the game and the role i am going to play in construction. I ran new worker orientations, daily inspections, logistics on site, training, and even incident and accident investigations. Construction is best explained as organized chaos, and safety is an important role to make sure that it doesn’t just become chaos.
After reviewing www.IBuildAmerica.com, tell us what I Build America means to you?
I Build America is a very important way to express the pride we all have in the industry. People that are in different industries should be aware of the hard work that men and women across this great country put in so that we can have infrastructure that changes peoples lives. The most important thing is that a big percentage of construction workers in this country are close to retirement and the younger generation is very unaware of the great carries that are within the construction industry. I pass I Build America stickers every chance i get on site so that the workers can be aware that something like I Build America is out there and that they can also be appreciated the way they should.