- Major: Civil & Environmental Engineering
- Company: EMJ Construction
- Graduation Year: 2017
- E-mail: email@example.com
From: Hendersonville, TN
I worked a co-op with EMJ Construction, a general contractor based out of Chattanooga, TN. I worked one rotation at their corporate office in Chattanooga, TN, learning how to live on my own and familiarizing myself with the 8-5pm workday. During that work semester, I reviewed submittals, performed construction take-offs, completed monthly cost analyses, and communicated with business and construction professionals daily. I found these tasks to be necessary and crucial for a functioning business. My second rotation was in the summer where I was stationed in Gainesville, FL, helping superintendents manage the building of a Bass Pro Shops. Here I performed numerous safety briefings with workers, organized punch list items, and helped with day-to-day site tasks. It was especially rewarding to visually see a project being built.
I decided to participate in a co-op because I wanted to advance my knowledge in the field by obtaining real-world skills. I wanted to kick-start my resume~ with thorough, in-depth engineering experience that I would not be able to obtain with a short internship. I also knew it would be a great way to help pay for college. By having a rotation-type co-op, I was able to earn money one semester and use it to pay for the next semester of school.
While in Florida, I learned how to effectively communicate with people of all different educational and cultural backgrounds. This is the biggest notion I gained working in Florida that no matter the status or job title of an employee, everyone should be treated with respect and, in doing so, this creates a more well respected and cooperative workplace.
When I am not at work or in school, I enjoy traveling, cinema, and appreciating the beauty in nature.