I am Patrick Schoolcraft and am very excited to tell you about what a great summer I have had working as an intern estimator for PC Construction of South Burlington, Vermont.
PC did not disappoint in including me and making me feel welcome to ask many questions and shadow several people during my time with them. I was able to participate in the “Bid Room” during a couple of Bid days. With an absolute deadline for all bids to submit, I was able to feel the excitement as well as the stress involved in getting everything recorded and submitted in time. The weeks and months of prep work that are done in estimating and building up the bids including the extreme details in gathering all of the sub‐contractors’ information is really brought to a head on bid day. The teamwork and communication that are required in a bid preparation was great to see come together first hand. My contribution on the bid day included helping make phone calls to ask for last minute prices on very small aspects of the job such as termite control and helping other estimators with certain tasks.
Near the end of the summer, I was invited to take a trip down to Atlanta to check out two projects currently underway in Georgia; both being constructed by PC Construction. I went down with the director of estimating and a few office engineers and estimators. This was the highlight of my summer because I never thought that an intern would be able to take a day trip on the corporate jet to see almost half a billion dollars’ worth of projects. The first site we went to was the Richland Creek project. This was a very impressive site because PC was constructing the treatment facility while another company was constructing a damn so there would be a reservoir of water for the plant to use and provide for the public. This project consisted of concrete slab for a clarifier that contained about 1200 cubic yards of concrete! We then arrived to the second jobsite which was previously a quarry. This project involved drilling a 5‐mile‐long tunnel from this quarry to different water treatment facilities in Atlanta. This quarry would eventually be a backup water supply for Atlanta.
I am just now starting my junior year as a Civil engineering major at the University of Vermont and know now first hand that I have chosen an awesome major. The main take away from my PC Construction internship was that it is a little glimpse into my future. In school I am working hard and enjoy learning a lot of new things and meeting a lot of great people; but when I can get out into the workforce and can be a positive impact on communities, tell someone “I helped build that,” and have the satisfaction of working on projects every day it makes me excited to complete my degree and get
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