School: NC State University
Company: Glover Construction Co., Inc.
Internship from December 28, 2015 — August 12, 2016
I am an incoming freshman to NC State University accepted into the school of engineering. I enjoy working with computers and like baseball and soccer. I chose to do an internship because the company my father works for offered me the opportunity to do an internship and I felt it would be a good way to be exposed to the construction industry firsthand before I even started college. I got my autocad operators certification in high school and the company needed someone with experience with cad to help out for the summer and on school breaks. I have been working during school breaks since Christmas and for the summer since school ended June 9th. In addition to being a good learning experience I also felt this would be a good way to earn some money for school.
What results did you achieve on the internship, and how did you exceed the company's expectations for your role?
I learned a lot about the bidding process and how much work was involved in going through the plans and specs to put together a bid. I also learned a lot about project management and attended several progress meetings for projects that we were constructing. I also attended a pre-bid meeting for a project that we bid. One of the things that I exceeded expectations on was my ability to build the GPS files for the GPS controlled grading equipment. I feel that surprised the company that I was able to learn to do that proficiently in such a short time.
What did you learn in this internship that will affect your life in a positive way?
I learned the importance of team work, communication and cooperation to get a project bid and constructed. I also learned the importance of being thorough and doing a good job. When you are gathering information used to put a bid together a lot is riding on the accuracy of the information. It is a big responsibility knowing that what you are doing could affect getting a project or not, or even worse getting a project too low because you made a mistake. I also learned the good feeling that comes with doing a good job and successfully winning a bid that I was part of.
How were you involved with safety and/or quality during your internship, and how did that change your perspective on construction?
I was not directly involved with safety except learning the importance of safety on a project site. We always wore PPE when we went to project sites and at progress meetings a safety topic was always discussed before anything else. Quality was also discussed at every progress meeting although I had no involvement in quality control other than understanding the importance of my own work being of high quality. My supervisor also explained to me that poor safety and quality were very costly to a project and could cost us future business.
After reviewing www.IBuildAmerica.com, tell us what I Build America means to you?
It means we should have pride and respect and support for the construction industry because almost every aspect of modern life depends on the construction industry doing their jobs well. If they didn’t we would not have good roads, safe drinking water and the other infrastructure we need to be a modern productive nation. I earned the engineering merit badge as a boy scout and the video also supported many of the same things that were brought out in the discussion of the importance of engineering to our infrastructure. The same is true for the construction industry.