Pros: benefits package, other employees, employment oporotunities
Cons: work load, inconsistencies in work, upper management support
The typical day started around 7:00am and usually began with a team review of the most critical items for the day and review of progress from the day before. My duties were different on each job I was on with my duties ranging from field support for the superintendents due to my strong knowledge of the construction process, to strictly focusing on procurement by dealing with the owner, architects, subcontractors, and suppliers. I was able to help in many aspects, such as compiling change orders to submit to the owner, estimating for our own scopes of work, and preparing and negotiating contracts, purchase agreements, rental agreements, and limited service agreements.
While at Swinerton Builders, I learned a great deal about commercial construction, such as adapting to the fast pace of the work and dealing with problems, as well as preparing contracts, overall job budgets, and understanding many of the legal aspects of working on commercial construction projects.
The management with Swinerton Builders could have been a little more involved with the projects in my opinion and listened to the concerns of the project teams better. Staffing on many of the projects was difficult at times, often leaving projects shorthanded on staff and often putting people on the projects for limited time and not letting 1 staff get used to workiing on the project, often causing the project to suffer.
My experience with my coworkers was a good one in my eyes. I enjoyed working with everyone that I had the chance to work with and enjoyed becoming part of each team I was on. Everyone in my opinion was – more... a valuable part and each person offered something different to the project. I learned much from the people I worked with and tried to help each person I worked with by sharing my construction knowledge and experience. I was also asked to start helping to mentor other engineers with less hands on experience as I have performed many of the scopes of work on the projects myself in past years.
The hardest part of the job for me was adapting to the different ways each project manager would run their project, often differing from the last. I found that this became benificial eventually because I gave me the experience of working a project from different perspectives and helped with my overall knowledge of the construction industry.
It is difficult for me to pick one favorite part of the job as I enjoy construction as a whole and look to remain in this industry for my working life. If I had to pick one, it would probably be working with the feild and superintendents since I have such a well rounded backround in self perform work. – less