William Ring, a civil engineering major from Gallatin, Tennessee, worked for Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) in Nashville as part of a co-op this summer.
Ring worked for Region 3 Construction office of TDOT, where he was trained to do concrete tests, complete change orders to a project, and enter the daily work reports. He also got a better understanding of plans and standard drawings. From this internship, he learned what it is like to work in a construction office and got plenty of useful field experience to see that construction is the route he wanted to choose for his specification.
When describing the benefits of his co-op, Ring said, “Being an intern for TDOT is great. I am gaining valuable experience working with outstanding people. The community here is like a family and the knowledge I receive every day will help me be a better civil engineer in the future.”