I’m starting my 4th year of a 5-year program in Civil Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Over the past year, I’ve had the opportunity to participate in two co-op rotations with Joseph B. Fay Company. My first rotation was in estimating during the fall of 2016. This summer was my second rotation with the company, where I was assigned to work on-site at the new Shell Cracker Plant in Monaca, PA.
I discovered my love for construction at an early age. When I was about 9-years old, my family vacationed to Disney World. It was there that my passion for building was ignited. When on the “It’s A Small World” ride, my mother commented on the ingenuity behind the animatronics. My eyes lit up and I exclaimed, “I want to build this!” Ever since then, that’s all I have wanted to do: build.
I spend my free time doing puzzles, building metal models, even a 6ft tall Ferris wheel. In addition to hobbies, I spent 7 summers at camp working in the stagecraft department at a performing arts camp constructing elaborate sets.
It’s not just the building I enjoy. It’s the feeling I get when I’m done – that feeling of accomplishment. Being able to create something from nothing and watch my work come to fruition is an indescribable feeling.
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