School: California State Univeristy, Fresno
Major: Construction Management
Company: DeSilva Gates Construction
Internship from May 23, 2016 — August 12, 2016
Hi, my name is Monet Keeth and I am a student at Fresno State. I am pursuing a degree in construction management. I chose to do an internship in construction because I wanted to get more real life experience in the industry, and obtain more knowledge about what is expected of a project engineer and a project manager.
What results did you achieve on the internship, and how did you exceed the company's expectations for your role?
I feel like I achieved so much through this internship. I had an amazing experience with the company that I chose. I learned how to do take offs, build efficient schedules, communicate with key members of not only my company but also with clients, subs, and general contractors. Before my internship I had only taken two CM courses in school, the nitro ductwork course and a plan reading course. The project manager that I was working for was aware of my inexperience but he did not use that as an excuse to not give me work. By the end of the summer I was almost fully self reliant when it came to the tasks I was performing. I had my own roles and responsibilities that I was now accountable for, unlike in the beginning when I just shadowed the project engineer for two weeks.
What did you learn in this internship that will affect your life in a positive way?
One of the main things that I learned was how hard people work in order to get buildings but, streets paved, and to give the general public beautiful looking cities and towns. I definitely look a little bit closer at homes, office buildings, hospitals, and even highways just to admire the different components that went into building them. This internship also gave me more confidence and drive in my studies. I now feel like I have found one thing that I know I can do and feel good about doing. I think that this internship was one of the best experiences I have had yet.
How were you involved with safety and/or quality during your internship, and how did that change your perspective on construction?
All interns were required to take a safety course at the company that I was working for. This company took safety very seriously, as do all other companies, and it gave me a better perspective on how to be safe and how to tell if others are doing their best to stay safe o the job. My project engineer would always have me point out three or four hazards that I could identify before wee got out of the truck on a site. I also sat in on some of the daily “Toolbox Safety Meetings” that the foreman would conduct with his crew that day. Knowing that companies really do try very hard to keep their employees safe makes me feel a lot better about the construction industry as a whole because it shows that companies take pride in what they do and they take pride in their workers.
After reviewing www.IBuildAmerica.com, tell us what I Build America means to you?
I Build America is very cool initiative. I had never heard about it before but after reading a few things on the website I believe it is a very important topic to discuss. As I said before, companies do take pride in their workers, this is a notion that I think the public does not see in the construction industry. Everybody thinks that construction is very dangerous and nobody wants their children to go into the field. Although it is a dangerous environment, with the correct training and implementation of a safety plan, the workplace hazards are reduced substantially. Another aspect that I agree with on the site is getting the next generation involved in construction. I think another misconception that people have is that you cannot make money in construction, I believe that construction workers are one of the best compensated workers there are, you can make a living off of construction.