School: Western Kentucky University
Major: Construction Management
Company: Peyronnin Constuction Company Incorporation
Internship from May 16, 2016 — July 29, 2016
I have always been dedicated to working the hardest among my colleagues to achieve a goal. Whether it is working construction as a laborer, in the office, or any other tasks given to me, I get the job done to the best of my ability and with quality. My name is Maxwell Legeay and I am from the small town of Evansville, Indiana. I graduated from William Henry Harrison High School in the spring of 2014. I am now currently a junior at Western Kentucky University working towards a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management. I have had two internships in my college career during the past two summers. After my freshman year, I worked for Munilla Construction Management in Miami, Florida specializing in Heavy Civil Construction. When starting the internship, I was anxious because of not knowing much going into the construction world and it being my first internship. After four months of ten-hour days where I had worked as a field laborer, takeoff specialist for estimates, and gained familiarity with equipment rental and buying costs, I gained a lot experience. When coming back to school for my sophomore year, I started taking some core classes for the Construction Management major such as Estimating and Bid, AutoCad, Contract Documents, and many more. After my sophomore year, I got an internship at a mechanical and plumbing contractor in my hometown of Evansville. With having much more experience in the construction industry than having when going into my first internship, I was very confident and ready to gain more knowledge and provide hardworking service. At Peyronnin Construction Company, I reviewed submittals and created transmittals, utilized FastPipe for quantity takeoff for bidding purposes, developed excel spreadsheets for fixture and piping comparisons, participated in pre-construction meetings, contacted sub-contractors and suppliers for quotes, delivered materials to jobsites, and worked as a field laborer. This past internship really taught me a lot about how to negotiate with subcontractors, estimate, reviewing submittals, and taking off pipe on Fastpipe. Working for a smaller company than the one I worked at in Miami helped me out because it was more hands on and with fewer people working at a company came more responsibility for me as an intern. I’m glad the guys I worked with gave me work to do without always shadowing me. Of course, I made mistakes but after I got done with the work, either the project manager or estimator would always review my work and give me constructive feedback. These internships reassured my choice of career I am seeking in construction. Furthermore, outside of working in the construction industry, I enjoy playing golf, watching football, and bowling. I also work as work at Schnucks markets during college breaks as a stocker/cashier and I mow lawns seasonally for the Habitat for Humanity based out of Bowling Green, Kentucky. I like working hard and competing at everything I do in life, and with that I learn something everyday by observing my mistakes and successes.
What results did you achieve on the internship, and how did you exceed the company's expectations for your role?
The various results achieved when working at Peyronnin dictated why I got the recommendation letter and an offer to come back the summer of 2017. The top results I personally achieved during my internship consisted of reviewing submittals sent to Peyronnin by sub contractors consisting of materials such as wet wells, valve vaults, submersible pumps, electrical control panels for lift stations, pipe, fixtures, and more. Reviewing the spec in accordance to the specific item that was being reviewed and marking up the right sizes was vital towards the submittal process. After reviewing and marking up the submittal, I then created a transmittal to send either to the designer in charge or the general contractor Peyronnin was working under. After combining the transmittal and submittal, I then typed an email to whomever it concerned and saved everything in Peyronnins internal PaperChase program. I also achieved results when taking off jobs on FastPipe, for example, when taking off fittings, drops, and pipe I prospered after about two weeks of trying and testing various things out on the program. By shadowing the estimator Tyler Dawson, I learned the most important thing to think about when taking off a plumbing project is whether the plumbing work is being done below or above grade. Excavation is very expensive when labor and backfill come into play. I achieved a success when I took off a job by myself, and my takeoff was incorporated into the job. We ended up gaining the Fun Factory job in the mall. With about one thousand linear feet of pipe, there were many other factors such as fittings, fixtures, and labor to think about before creating the schedule and estimate. I achieved a great deal in the field also by working on a jobsite where Peyronnin was putting in all the plumbing in a St. Mary’s hospital. I helped out apprentices and Foreman by carrying materials, leveling backfill with a shovel, taking road signs onto and off the site, and cleaning the storage box when needed. I vigorously accepted all tasks given to me.
What did you learn in this internship that will affect your life in a positive way?
What I learned from this internship that will affect my life in positive way is that I now know what it is like working for a mechanical contractor in addition to knowing how the heavy civil process works from my internship in Miami, Florida for Munilla Construction management. Construction management is multi-faceted. It’s a people business, understanding construction morals, how good technology can assist in a great product and at the same time doing the work safely. Building relationships with suppliers, sub-contractors, and co-employees are very important. I built many positive relationships these past few summers. I have gotten offers back from both companies that I have worked for along with doing everything asked of me. Furthermore, being out in the field this summer helped me to learn about estimating labor accurately because I saw how long work took such as boring a line to put a 8” diameter PVC pipe in. Additionally, I helped replace water meters for a residential neighborhood project Peyronnin had in order to get better water pressure for the houses. Along with all the education from various construction tasks during the internship, I also improved vastly from the previous summer in talking with suppliers for quotes on material or labor service. I learned how to negotiate prices of fixtures and pipe from learning how to read plans and specs with expertise. The most important thing this summer is that a project will have its difficult times. With composure, the project manager (Ray Witmier), the estimator (Tyler Dawson), and I got through tough times during projects this summer by working as a team and all contributing in order for all of our project to make money. Lastly, I learned this past summer to never take any opportunity for granted in construction, whether it be being a laborer in one hundred degree heat or reviewing one hundred pages of submittals, these experiences helped me learn how to do things correctly and more efficiently for the next time I do a job like the examples above.
How were you involved with safety and/or quality during your internship, and how did that change your perspective on construction?
I was very much apart of the safety program this past summer. In the middle of the summer, I assisted one of Peyronnins foreman with getting his OSHA 30 card for Turner Construction for an ambulatory being built which we had the plumbing contract on. Turner required it in the contract for all their sub contractors. I learned about the hazards dealing with large equipment, scaffolds, fire protection, ladders, and many more categories on how to properly do things when working on any kind of jobsite. I plan to get my OSHA 30 card this spring to be certified and to be knowledgeable in many facets of safety in order to pass every inspection done by OSHA or a third party safety agency. In addition to reviewing OSHA 30 material with the foreman to get his certificate for OSHA 30, I also wore a hard hat, boots, jeans, and safety glasses on every jobsite I stepped on when delivering materials to superintendents and foreman for the nine projects Peyronnin had in progress in southern Indiana. Learning about safety helped change my perspective about construction because now I will always look for violations or potential hazards on a jobsite whether I am a future project manager or foreman and correct them as need be. In addition to learning about on-site safety, I also learned a lot on how to safely and correctly hitch a trailer as well as how to strap the material down in order to drive the trailer safely from point A to point B. Safety is a big part of construction and should not be taken lightly by managers, if they see something wrong happening on a jobsite corrective actions should be taken immediately.
After reviewing www.IBuildAmerica.com, tell us what I Build America means to you?
I worked with the Heavy Bid program during my first internship; Heavy Bid was the program Munilla Construction Management used to place their bids. Heavy Bid has an effective bid placing platform. I gained much familiarity with all the facets in an estimate such as material, labor, and burden that Heavy Bid allows you to account for and enter into the program. I Build America is a great website foundation for people like me going into the construction industry or for people already in the industry with all the news it provides about construction companies and worldwide projects in progress. I can turn to I Build America to see pictures posted on social media of construction phases and also for many essential programs such as Heavy Bid and various others to perform work to the highest quality level. I enjoyed becoming familiar with the site and seeing all that it provides for myself and many others.