School: Colorado State University Pueblo
Major: Construction Managment
Company: SEMA Construction Inc.
Internship from May 2, 2016 — August 20, 2016
This year I will be a senior in the Construction Management program at Colorado State University Pueblo. I am also receiving my minor in English. In my years of college I have been on a study abroad trip to Europe, received an internship with one of the largest construction companies in the world, voted as Associated General Contractors Club President, and the team captain for our ASC estimating team that took home first place.
None of my family has ever been in the construction industry so I decided I would not settle for a boring desk job. This is when I decided to go out and start working in the field of construction. I started from the bottom washing trucks, and that has evolved to running a $5 million project in Vail, Colorado.
What results did you achieve on the internship, and how did you exceed the company's expectations for your role?
In my 2nd year of school I received an internship offer from Kiewit to work in Dallas, Texas on a large highway project totaling over $1 billion. This past year I was offered a position by SEMA Construction to run and coordinate my own heavy highway job. I really learned the basics of construction in my internship with Kiewit, like how to run crews as safely and efficiently as possible. This year with SEMA I have learned everything that goes into projects including owner relations, crew management, and subcontractor coordination. Two months into working on my Vail project, they handed me another project to procure and set up. I do not settle for mediocre and I strive to give 110% of what I am capable of, everyday. Whether it be through my internship, my school club, or the estimating team, I will always try to be better than the person next to me, and not stop bettering myself.
What did you learn in this internship that will affect your life in a positive way?
After I am graduate, I plan to continue my career building some of the most complex projects, with an even more diverse team. I owe all my knowledge and know how to all of my teachers and people that have been mentoring me along the way. Over 2 years I have helped raise over $15,000 for out traveling estimating team, and thousands for our club at school, that I am now president of. I have helped endless students and peers of mine receive jobs in the industry working for very prestigious companies getting a lifetime of knowledge through those internships. If it were not because of the internships I have been able to have, none of this would be possible and I would not have so much passion for an industry I love so much.
How were you involved with safety and/or quality during your internship, and how did that change your perspective on construction?
Being that I had to run and coordinate a job by myself, I took the head on all safety and quality measures. Leading the safety critical meetings, critical pick plans, and running daily safety meetings with the crew. To assure the best quality is being built, I am constantly helping my crew with whatever tasks are being done. Assuring quality is reached before the tasks is imperative for owners, making sure certificates of compliance are approved, all materials are tested and approved, and all documentation is in order. It is a big task assuring quality of the project is done and I will make sure profit never succeeds the importance of safety and quality on my work site. Safety is the number one goal in construction, quality is the second, and production is the third. I believe that if I can successfully run projects with those three keys in mind, I will find endless success in the construction industry
After reviewing www.IBuildAmerica.com, tell us what I Build America means to you?
I have always said that construction is the backbone of America. We are the people that you rely on from the second to wake up, to the second you go to bed. We have built a country like no one else, and everyday I am proud that someone benefitted from the hard work I put in, building America. We are there when you turn on your faucet to get a drink, we are there when you need to use power to turn on the heater, and we are there when you travel every single day. We need full support and cooperation to become an independent country with the best infrastructure, most exquisite architectural pieces, and most efficient energy sources. I do and will continue to build America to make us the greatest nation that the earth has every seen.
I truly appreciate you taking the time to read this. Thank you for allowing students like myself to receive opportunities like this.