My name is Joey Halker. I attend the University of Cincinnati for civil engineering. I grew up in a blue-collar family in rural Northwest, Ohio. I am passionate about my family, the outdoors, and the Bearcats!
Ever since I can remember I have been building my own trinkets like traps, tables, a bed frame, boxes, etc. Some of them make tasks easier for me to complete and others are just for fun. I love building ideas in my thoughts and making them into a real physical item. That is why I chose civil engineering as my major.
I am part of a rare breed that actually enjoys passing construction sites on the highway. I am eager to figure out what stage of construction they are in, at their project. It only takes a few seconds to pass them by, unless they are causing traffic to congest. If so, this just gives me even more time to take the site in. Are they fixing a culvert? Setting bridge beams? Paving a new road? It is all so intriguing to me. After all, without those projects we may not be able to drive at all. Where would society be without roads and bridges? And what kind of country would we have without safe and reliable transportation options that are easily accessible to the whole population?
It is rewarding to me, that I have the opportunity to help build and revitalize the world’s infrastructure. I am entering my fifth and final year of college. During this time, I have completed three construction internships. Two of these internships took place during the 2016-2017 school year. I absolutely loved my first internship with the Walsh Group on the Abraham Lincoln Bridge in downtown Louisville, KY. It was fascinating to watch three major interstates connect to a new bridge. At this point, I knew the construction industry was right for me. My second co-op with the Walsh Group was a whole new experience from the previous project. The first project was a 2,100-foot, 6-lane cable stayed bridge in a heavily populated urban area. In contrast, the second project was made up of over 550 small bridges. The bridge I focused on was a 45-foot span 2-lane bridge. This little bridge has an average daily traffic of less than 500 cars and is located in a very rural area of northern Pennsylvania. So it is safe to say the projects were extremely different. My most recent co-op was with American Bridge in their Pittsburgh, PA headquarters. While there I worked in the estimating department. I helped estimate and bid complex bridge projects ranging from $50 million to $4.5 billion dollars. I have learned a great deal from all of my co-ops and thoroughly enjoyed my time at each one.
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