My name is Sam Melvin, and I am entering my 4th year of pursuing a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Nevada. Throughout this summer, I had the privilege of working for Farr Construction Corporation dba Resource Development Company, which provided one of the most valuable educational experiences I have ever received. When I was growing up, my father was a carpenter, which began my interest in the field of construction. Watching him design and build things from the ground up that many people could not even begin to envision still remains some of my favorite memories of childhood. Years later, in college, I realized that not only was I impressed with the premise of construction, but that I am genuinely interested in entering this field after finishing my education. My internship this summer strongly solidified my interest in construction as a career. In my experience, construction may be the most underappreciated job in the American workforce. While some disregard construction as unattractive due to its blue collar nature, others blatantly ignore the fact that someone’s sweat and blood was invested into their entire surroundings. Even I, as someone who greatly appreciates the industry, can only now comprehend the full extent of work devoted to the buildings, roads, and other infrastructure taken for granted on a daily basis. Furthermore, I believe that many people misunderstand or fail to pay attention to the beauty of construction. I view construction as one of two processes; (1) taking a rugged plot of land and transforming it into a utility to be used for many generations to come, or (2) the process of bettering existing infrastructure to improve the overall quality of civilization. No matter which process may be taking place, there exists a unique elegance to this industry which can rarely be found anyplace else. I had the opportunity to spend this summer at a company where all the steps of project completion were effectively intertwined, from submittal and approval processes to shop drawings and fabrication to field installation and customer satisfaction. After proving myself as a dedicated and diligent worker, I was lucky enough to be involved in every step, allowing me to befriend some of the most honest and hardworking men and women I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Watching and being involved with these skilled professionals as they ensured synchronization between each step of the project in order to guarantee safe and efficient completion precisely defines the beauty of this industry. For myself, having the ability to now take this understanding of an industry and the education I received from this opportunity and apply it to the remaining semesters of my college education means more to me than I could ever possibly put into words.
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