My name is Jason Murakami and I am currently studying Construction Engineering Management at Oregon State University. I was born and raised in Hawaii on the island of Oahu. At a young age, I have been intrigued by the construction industry. Both my father and grandfather were roofers by trade, so naturally I was immersed in the construction process. Throughout my first two summers of college, I had the opportunity to work as a laborer for a local roofing company to gain insight on the hands-on experience of those who work in construction. This was my stepping stone for my interest and introduction in to the construction industry.
Growing up near the ocean, I was able to enjoy its offerings and see first-hand the naturally occurring damages done to infrastructure near the water. My appreciation for the ocean from living in Hawaii and my interest in construction led me to intern at Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company’s (HDCC) Waterfront and Foundation Division. This particular division of HDCC primarily does any costal construction such as pier substructure rehabilitation and deep foundations such as drilled shafts or auger cast piles (ACIP). Knowing that the up-keep of costal infrastructure is going to be a continual struggle yet vital part of Hawaii’s isolated landscape this particular summer internship was exceptionally fitting for my particular interests.
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