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What does a ‘day-in-the-life’ of a construction engineer consist of?

My mornings start really early. My assignments are located on construction sites and gates typically open between 6 and 7 AM. Before work begins, I attend a Safety Meeting where project managers highlight safety achievements and bring awareness to risky construction activities in the field. I then have a discussion with construction supervision about potential roadblocks that may prevent their crews from completing the construction tasks for the day. This helps me prioritize my responsibilities for the day. General Foremen will page me out into the field to investigate an issue. I “suit up” in my Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) before heading out into the field where I collect the data. I return to my desk to document the issue for resolve. By this point, I’ve usually been able to cross a couple of tasks off on my agenda and take a quick lunch break. By the end of lunch, my manager or lead supervisor have assigned me other action items that were brought up in meetings they attended. These exercises typically require more time to complete. I’m in a support role so having the ability to multitask to fulfill the needs of many departments at one time is critical. Before long, it’s the end of the work day and it’s time to shut down.

What advice would you give someone considering this career?

Recruitment into the construction industry, specifically for the Oil & Gas sector, depends heavily on referrals. So, I would recommend creating a LinkedIn profile to increase your exposure. Go beyond simply creating a username and password. Start figuring out what your calling is and begin developing your personal brand. By no means expect to have this ALL figured out before graduation or college. You’re preparing to embark on a journey for that very reason. For now, lay down a solid foundation so when you do figure out your interests, you’ll have an advantage.

What is a book or movie that has inspired you?

Book: Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans

Movie: Hidden Figures

Do you or your company offer internships or job shadow opportunities to high school students? If so, how would a student go about applying for one of those?

Worley has student engagement initiatives to encourage the next generation to pursue a career in STEM. The organization is not a stranger to partnering with high schools for work experience programs. As of now, these initiatives are located abroad however, Worley does recruit heavy from colleges.

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I have always been fascinated how ideas on paper take their shape into full-sized projects. When I was younger it started with Legos and building blocks but I traded those in for three-dimensional model design and constructability in college. Now, with 5 years of construction management experience, I manage the erection of capital projects by identifying obstacles and mitigating constraints to ensure on-time and on budget project execution. In summary, I have a passion for the transforming intangible ideas into fully functioning facilities – especially in heavy industrial construction. I am committed to supplying my knowledge of project execution to provide organization owners with the results they demand.