I am Harold Wilcox, born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. I am a senior majoring in Construction Management at Eastern Michigan University. I graduated from Southfield High School, and earned two Associates Degrees from Oakland Community College before transferring to Eastern Michigan University in 2014.
Construction management is a diversified field and covers a variety of career options which seemed compatible with my work ethic. During my first year in the undergraduate program I developed a plan to learn and achieve while obtaining clarity on what field in construction management would align with my interests and spark my passion. Participating in the internship program has helped me to achieve this goal. While, I did not start with much experience, I had determination and ambition and as a result I have completed seven internships building up a variety of well-rounded experience that I am forever grateful for. Internships that I have completed are as follows:
1.) Soil & Material Engineers – Lab Technician Intern (Apr 2014-May 2015)
2.) Cadillac Asphalt – Assistant Project Manager Intern (May 2015-Dec 2015)
3.) DTE Energy – Renewable Energy Intern (Sep 2015-May 2016)
4.) Turner Construction – Superintendent Intern (May 2016-Sep 2016)
5.) DTE Energy – Construction Management Intern (Sep 2016-Jan 2017)
6.) OpTerra Energy – Construction Engineer Intern (Jan 2017-July 2017)
7.) Turner Construction – Assistant Engineer Intern (July 2017- Current)
I currently hold the record for most individual internships completed within 3 ½ years of being a transfer undergraduate student. One of the more significant things about me is that throughout my college career, I worked two to three jobs to pay for college, served as the Treasurer for the Eastern Constructors Student Group all while maintaining full time enrollment every semester taking 12 to 16 credits per semester. Serving as the Treasurer, on the Eastern Constructors Student Group has allowed me to establish great working relationships with the faculty of Eastern Michigan University and construction professionals in several different industries.
As it relates to the Construction Intern Awards of 2017, the internship experience that I am highlighting is the one I completed in 2017 with OpTerra Energy Services as a Construction Engineering Intern. One of the great opportunities about this internship is that I was able to work on a very unique project on the campus of Eastern Michigan where I was completing my degree requirements. The scope of the project was to renovate and upgrade a 64-year old boiler unit and 28-year old cogeneration system at the Eastern Michigan University (EMU) Central Heating Plant. Cogeneration systems allow an increase in thermal efficiency resulting in sustainable energy performance and significant savings to EMU from using several steam base boilers. The highlights of this project for the client are the guaranteed savings of $2.8 million annually from cogeneration modernization. In addition, this project will also provide 50 local jobs.
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