My name is Jordan Forry and I am a Civil Engineering undergrad student at The Ohio State University, graduating in May 2019. I’ve been given the opportunity to be a co-op at Kokosing Construction Company this past summer, close to home for me in Columbus, OH.
Growing up, I always liked to build things. As a high school student, I chose to take a few hands-on classes such as woodworking and introduction to engineering. I thoroughly enjoyed these courses, especially when I got to design and create a paper roller coaster and take it to a competition. I also worked one summer for a local contractor to help build houses, which was a good experience. Based on these interests, I decided to major in Civil Engineering and do something related to construction.
The summer after my freshman year at OSU I worked as an intern for the Ohio Department of Transportation, in the materials testing labs. This helped me gain knowledge about asphalt, but I decided that I wanted to work for a contractor, at least for a summer internship to see what it was like. Thankfully, my experience at ODOT helped me obtain a co-op with Kokosing in the asphalt estimating and project engineering group. Going into the summer, I wasn’t sure what to expect, I had no idea how much went into estimation and project management even just for asphalt paving. Throughout the term, I gained a ton of knowledge in both bidding road projects and managing the financial aspects of the construction. I have really enjoyed my time at Kokosing thus far, both working in the office and going out in the field to experience paving operations. It has also been great to learn about both estimating and project management in the same term.
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