Apr 29, 2011
I went to work in construction right out of high school. I got a lot of good experience with heavy equipment but I also wasn’t going to be able to go anywhere in the field without a degree. I knew I needed to go back to school in order to get somewhere.
I was 26 when I enrolled in the Civil Engineering program at Eastern Maine Community College. I was pretty nervous but it didn’t take long for me to realize I could do this. And the faculty members were very supportive.
The Civil Engineering program is great. First, it’s hands on. You are immediately applying in the field what you are learning in the classroom. There is also a paid co-op internship position that happens the summer after your first year. You work fulltime with a company, getting really valuable experience.
My co-op was with Wardwell Contracting, a Division of the Lane Construction Corporation, where I worked in the field as a laborer and gained valuable field related experience. Though it doesn’t always work out this way, I was hired by Lane after I graduated. I immediately got my feet wet doing layout in the field, performing takeoffs on prints and helping order materials for the jobs. The layout for the new Cianbro entrance on South Main St in Brewer is one of my projects. Two years later, I’m beginning to work in project management which is what I really wanted to do.
The program at EMCC has really been a dream.
Division of The Lane Construction Corporation