School: California State University - Chico
Graduation Date: May 2010
“The CIM program exposed me to an amazing industry early in my career, allowing me to gain the confidence I needed to be able to jump in with both feet on my first day at work!”
What school did you graduate from and in which year?
I graduated from California State University, Chico in May of 2010.
Where are you currently working and what are your responsibilities?
I am currently working as a Project Engineer for STRUCTURAL in their Chicago branch and I am one and a half years into the PECD (Project Engineer Career Development) Program. The intent of the program is to help offer comprehensive preparation to become a future leader by aiding in professional growth and development through different aspects of the company. This is accomplished through a total of 10 rotations that provide exposure to the many levels of everyday company operations. Currently, I am floating between the Project Management and Estimating rotations which often finds me managing smaller projects and preparing estimates/ proposals for those opportunities that come into the branch.
Why did you choose this position and this company?
I was drawn to working for STRUCTURAL due to the fact that they are a specialty contractor with a focus in concrete repair. Being that the focus of the CIM program at Chico State is also concrete repair, it seemed to be a perfect fit! Never did I imagine myself traveling the country working in and out of industrial facilities such as oil refineries. There is an amazing feeling of accomplishment that comes from being able to take a structure that has completely failed and repair it back to perform as good, if not better, than original design.
How has the CIM program prepared you for your current job responsibilities?
The CIM program prepared me by providing opportunities to see and experience just how large the concrete industry really is. The program provided me with the basics of concrete repair, all the way to the fundamentals of project management. The CIM program exposed me to an amazing industry early in my career, allowing me to gain the confidence I needed to be able to jump in with both feet on my first day at STRUCTURAL.
What advice would you give to current CIM students?
The one piece of advice that I would have to give any current CIM student would be as follows: The CIM program exists to help provide opportunities so you can succeed, but at the end of the day it is only YOU who can get the most out of the program….so don’t limit yourself!