My name is Matthew McWeeney and I am a Junior studying Civil Engineering at the University of New Hampshire. As long as I can remember, construction has always been a big part of my life. My dad, two uncles, and grandfather are all civil engineers so I grew up learning the ins and outs of the business. I remember being brought to a jobsite at a young age with my dad and just being in awe over everything that was going on. Building has always been a passion of mine ever since I was a kid; whether that be outside building my new tree house or inside playing with Legos, I have always loved to build. I want to be a civil engineer because I want to make my mark on the infrastructure of this country. Bridges and roadways all over need repairing and I want to be a part of that effort to fix them so people can be safe when they travel. Someday I would like to be able to drive by a roadway, bridge, or building and say to my kids “Yes, I built that” and have that feeling a pride and accomplishment that comes with it.
This past summer, I got the opportunity to intern for SPS New England. I was placed on a small jobsite in Back Bay Boston where a bridge replacement project was being done. This internship really made me fall in love with the industry. Being onsite around large machinery while having the crew around made me realize that construction is something very special. It is done to improve the way of life and to make things easier for everyone. There are so many different parties involved in order to complete a project on time and as smoothly as possible. Being in construction is filled with many different challenges which is why I love it so much; I like to challenge myself to learn and adapt to whatever project I’m working on. I just loved being a part of something bigger than myself and having an even bigger impact on the community around me.
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