School: UNC Charlotte
Major: Civil Engineering
Company: Crowder Construction Company
Internship from August 17, 2015 — August 11, 2016
I was born and raised in Concord, North Carolina just outside of Charlotte. Growing up around Charlotte, one of the nation’s fastest growing cities, I have been surrounded by the rise of infrastructure needed to support the rapid growth. I attend the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where I study Civil Engineering, and also am an officer for the men’s rugby club. I decided to do an internship in construction because I could physically see what I was learning in school being implemented in the real world. I was offered an internship prior to my junior year with Crowder Construction Company. I chose to be a part of the Crowder team for various reasons; The first being that Crowder is a Christian based, family oriented company that believes in the development of people. Second, Crowder was founded in Charlotte, NC and I have seen many of their local projects while growing up. Third, they believed in me without any prior construction experience. These reasons, as well as many more, are why I chose to do an internship in construction.
What results did you achieve on the internship, and how did you exceed the company's expectations for your role?
Crowder Construction formally evaluates each intern with a mid term and final performance review. I constantly set the bar high for myself which I believe makes me a great employee. During my first month being placed on a job valued around $25mil the assistant project manager left the company. I quickly got familiar with the plans and specs and was able to take quite a bit of the workload off of my project manager. This consisted of overseeing masonry work valued at $360k, reviewing miscellaneous metals drawings, reviewing rebar drawings, completing purchase orders, material tracking logs, equipment logs, RFIs, submittals, and other tasks. I worked late, once until midnight helping our field guys break down a crane that was being charged overtime. I arrived to work early, once at three in the morning on a Saturday for a 100CY concrete slab pour. I did what it took to help the project and I exceeded the expectations of my manager.
What did you learn in this internship that will affect your life in a positive way?
My internship with Crowder Construction has given me invaluable work experience that puts me ahead of my peers in the classroom, but most importantly has taught me that success comes from teamwork and it takes each and everyone in the company to achieve success. The owners Bill and Otis Crowder often dropped by my office to see if they could do anything for me or just to talk. Whether it is Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh, or Richmond, the environment is filled with happy, friendly people. What I will take away from this internship is that when you invest yourself in making the people around you successful, you in turn become successful.
How were you involved with safety and/or quality during your internship, and how did that change your perspective on construction?
I was heavily involved with safety and quality during my internship. I attended the morning safety meetings, helped the foreman construct their Pre Task Planning (PTP) safety sheets, and also received my certification for rigging and flagging. I was in charge of making sure the masonry subcontractor completed tasks safely and to spec. I also oversaw the work of one of our subcontractors (GEOHydro) when they conducted field tests on concrete and soil. Crowder recognizes safety and quality as the most important aspects of construction. In class I always thought a successful project was being under budget and on time, but after my internship I realized the success of a project comes from having all crew members go home safe, and producing quality work that surpass the owners expectations.
After reviewing www.IBuildAmerica.com, tell us what I Build America means to you?
‘I Build America’ shines a light on the construction industry. It features individuals, companies, and vendors in articles as well as social media. ‘I Build America’ to me is a gateway to show others what I am doing in the industry as well as allow me to educate myself by reading articles of others’ success stories.