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Emma Dixon

Emma Dixon

  • Major: Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Company: EMJ Construction
  • Graduation Year: 2017
  • E-mail: edixon7@vols.utk.edu

Ambassador Profile

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.

Emma Dixon


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