EDiS Intern Experience: My Summer at Fairview
I spent my first day with EDiS going from office to office, introducing myself and offering my services to anyone who needed help. I got the chance to meet a lot of new people and learn about all of the departments within EDiS. Nevertheless, I looked forward to starting my work in the field; the real fun began once I got settled on the Fairview job site!
Once I got to Fairview, I was introduced to my mentors, Matt and Jimmy. It was my first time on a commercial construction site, so I was definitely a little intimidated. Nonetheless, within the first few hours, the guys welcomed me in like family! Matt and Jimmy both come from different construction backgrounds and have a vast amount of knowledge. I was able to learn a lot from both of them.
While I did not need to worry about having a lack of learning opportunities, I did need to figure out a method for retaining all of the information from my internship. Knowing myself, I had a feeling that I wouldn’t remember every little detail, so I decided to write things down. Here are some of the lessons that I learned:
- You can never be too prepared: You never know when a contractor might approach you with a question about the project. Staying two steps ahead will make you a better superintendent.
- In the field, safety is #1: No matter what the situation is, no job or building is more important than someone’s safety.
- Everything on a job is important: While some parts of a project might not be directly important to you, they are probably top priority for others. It is your job to show respect for everyone by making sure that every task is considered important.
- Work as a team: There are many people from a variety of job positions in the trailer at one time. If you don’t work as a team, it can make the job ten times harder. Do your best to try and help the people around you.
- Be mindful of the “little things“: Sometimes, the smallest things can make the biggest difference.
These are only a few of the many, invaluable lessons that I learned this summer. Working for EDiS was a great experience and I am very thankful for the opportunity!
By: Vince DelPercio
Edited by: Emily Paolucci