My name is Andres Adame. I am a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in Structural Engineering. I was blessed and met the right people which lead me to become a project engineer intern. I chose to accept this internship in construction because I wanted to experience the final build phase of a designed project. At my university I am learning about design and analysis of structures. We render and can calculate what structures will look like and the dynamic movements that occur in different loading cases. Because of my education I have the knowledge of why structures are built, but before I never understood how physical projects were completed.
Southern California has an endless amount of infrastructure being built every year. Growing up I realized how rapid this region is growing. I have witnessed new cities that appear to have popped up out of thin air. And with more people come more commuters, so it is a norm to see massive freeway extensions and overpasses being built to accommodate the heavy traffic flow. With all this happening it takes lots of man power and machinery to complete it, and most engineering students are naïve to the effort it takes at the construction site. I am the type of person who likes to understand others perspectives. I chose this internship in construction so I could be a well-rounded professional engineer who understands design, construction management, and construction techniques.
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