The featured student this week is Austin Winstead, a mechanical engineering major from Nashville, Tennessee, who worked for Brasfield & Gorrie in Birmingham, Alabama.
During his rotation, Winstead worked in Augusta, Georgia, on the Clubhouse Building at Riverside Village, attached to the left field wall of the Augusta Green Jackets Baseball Stadium. Working under the project manager, he handled the quality control tracking and the over completion schedule tracking of the individual subcontractors, oversaw the punch list for the Clubhouse building, and wrapped up the punch list for the Ballpark.
Winstead also gained significant improvements in reading technical drawings and understanding the design/construction process. As well as gaining an introduction to learning P6, a scheduling software, he had more exposure to construction management software like Plangrid.
When describing the benefits of his co-op, Winstead says the most valuable benefit is, “Real World Experience. Actually being able to go and speak with people in the field who have been doing construction for over 20 years was a valuable resource. Also, professional skills and people skills just by coordinating with multiple companies in order to complete a project.”