My name is Bryce McRae and I am a 28 year old Civil Engineering student at Utah State University. Starting at a young age, I was fascinated with building towers. I would play with Legos and K’Nex to create buildings and other structures. My dad is a pool contractor, so growing up I got to visit construction/job sites with him. This prepared me for my summer internship with Granite Construction. Granite was a company I saw quite a bit growing up in Southern California. I knew that they worked on very large scale projects. When the opportunity arose to work for Granite, I was very interested. I wanted to learn more about the construction process from start to finish. Being an engineer, we mostly just see the design side of these projects. Working with Granite allowed me the opportunity to learn so much more. I learned how a project is scheduled, planned and executed. Having that understanding of how a structure is built will make me a more rounded engineer. This is a major reason of why I wanted to take this internship in construction. I can take this knowledge, coupled with what I have learned in school, and use it to be a better engineer. Someday, I hope to be able to design structures, but I feel the knowledge I gained under a Project Manager will help me to understand the building process much better. Construction is something that is always happening around us, whether it’s new structures being built, old ones being maintained or ones being demolished. With the way the world is growing, and changing, there will be many opportunities to be involved in construction. My internship with Granite has opened doors for future career opportunities in the field.
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