My name is Harrison Hayworth and I am a civil and construction engineering student at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. I lived in Kansas City, Missouri up until college when my passion for soccer led me to Arkansas. Little Rock was where I realized my love for construction that instigated my move to Dallas, Texas to intern for Austin Bridge and Road.
I was recruited to my university to play for the women’s soccer team. After two years, my soccer career was suddenly cut short when I received my fifth concussion that forced me to leave the sport behind. While I miss playing soccer, I realized in time that it was a blessing in disguise, because leaving the sport opened my eyes to the possibilities that working in construction had to offer, and my enthusiasm for the industry. Before my college experience, I had no exposure to construction, but I was fortunate enough to attend a university where construction is a valued path and an integral part of the civil engineering and construction engineering degree program.
In my first two years at UA-Little Rock, I had the opportunity to be one of the eight sophomores to found and pioneer the first ASCE concrete canoe team at my university. The team and I were able to utilize the construction aspect of our degree program to construct a concrete canoe to compete in the ASCE Deep South competition last spring. This project required us to estimate, schedule, budget, and manage the project from the pre-construction stages to the final production and usage stages. Helping to start this team at my university and being involved in this project gave me a genuine appreciation for all of the possibilities and intrinsic benefits construction has to offer—as long as you are willing to put in the time and effort.
The concrete canoe was my first glimpse into the construction industry, and it left me with a passion to see all that this industry offered. Austin Bridge and Road visited UA Little Rock’s semi-annual EIT Career Fair, where I was sold on the company and their values immediately. Even in the madness of the career fair, the short conversation I was able to have with them made it clear that they were genuinely dedicated to their people and to their core beliefs of safety, service, integrity and ownership. These values have always resonated with me, and I was inspired to see a company that consistently demonstrates these within the industry of construction.
I chose to pursue an internship in construction because I want to use my engineering degree out in the field, to manage a project’s design, and maintain the integrity of the plans during the construction process. I want to be a part of an industry that allows me to build in the most innovative and efficient ways, as well as bridge the gap between the engineer’s plans and the actual construction that takes place, while endorsing meaningful values from start to finish.
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