EDiS Internship Experience: Accountability, Communicability and Punctuality
My summer with EDiS has truly been a great learning experience. During my internship, my time was split between Polytech High School in Woodside, DE and Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company Department Station #2. At Polytech, I had the pleasure of working alongside Project Manager, Chris McCone and Field Managers, Dave Breakiron and Mike Wittenberg. The new addition they are building at Polytech boasts a state-of-the-art auditorium with specialized acoustics and lighting equipment. Additionally, I worked with Project Manager, Mark Grunza and Field Manager, Gregg Clark at Rehoboth Beach. The new fire station is being built through EDiS Building Systems, utilizing a Butler pre-engineered building.
As a Civil Engineering major, I wasn’t sure how EDiS would utilize my skills at the two projects. My primary job was to assist the Project and Field Managers. This included everything from opening and closing the jobsite to contacting contractors about punch list items. I also attended weekly foreman’s progress meetings and bi-weekly owners meetings. Prior to this internship, I had no experience in the construction industry aside from collegiate coursework. It was motivating to actually use the educational material from textbooks in a real world application. However, books alone cannot teach you everything about the industry; there was a lot for me to learn. The Field Managers were all extremely knowledgeable and qualified mentors in helping me gain the technical expertise involved with the profession. I have learned more during this summer than I would during a typical semester.
Aside from gaining technical and construction knowledge, this opportunity has allowed me to develop my professional skills. Accountability, communicability, and punctuality are the three biggest traits I took away from this summer. In construction management, you are accountable for the work of the subcontractors and making sure the operation runs smoothly. Project and Field Managers must be clear and concise when coordinating various trades on the jobsite and during progress meetings with the owner. Every project has a strict schedule with deadlines that have to be met on time. These skills will help me become a more efficient and reliable employee in the future.
Although my time with EDiS has been short, I have felt like a part of the family since day one. Everyone at work has been extremely inviting and helpful. I would like to thank everyone at EDiS for granting me the opportunity to gain experience and develop professionally. These past couple months have broadened my Civil Engineering background and sparked my interest in the construction industry. I look forward to applying everything I have learned this summer in my future endeavors.