Better Builders Introduces Clean Room Construction to Interns, Project EngineersContributor: Swinerton Blogger | July 13, 2015
Several of Swinerton Builders Colorado’s summer interns and project engineers gained jobsite knowledge when they toured a clean room project currently under construction for a Colorado Springs-based client. Swinerton’s superintendent and mechanical subcontractor HPE presented in-depth information about the BIM coordination, fabrication, and installation of HVAC systems supporting clean room environments as part of Swinerton’s Better Builders training module program. Better Builders provides education for novice project engineers and interns.
Entering its fourth year, Swinerton’s summer internship program kicked off June 1 with seven university students majoring in construction management who are rotating through project management, estimating, and field management activities before they return to classes in the fall.
The summer internship program provides students with hands-on experience working on active commercial construction sites in Denver and Colorado Springs for exposure to field management and site supervision. Students spend several weeks of the internship on construction sites, working side-by-side with experienced superintendents on well-defined tasks and learning objectives, involving site layout and logistics, safety, and real-time scheduling of subcontractor coordination and material deliveries.
On site work is balanced with time spent on tasks that focus on the management and work procurement aspects of the construction industry. Through this process, students engage in estimating of materials for developments not yet built and project management, including communication with the project owners, architects, subcontractors, and suppliers.
Since the program’s inception in 2012, Swinerton has employed 12 summer interns with more than half offered and accepting fulltime employment with Swinerton after graduation. 2015 marks the largest class of interns to date, represented by students attending six different universities that offer notable construction management and real estate programs.
Swinerton’s interns are paid competitive wages, provided furnished housing, and gain real-life work experience by rotating through comprehensive learning modules led by knowledgeable Swinerton employees. Along the way, interns learn about career-track options at Swinerton, the construction industry at large, and are treated to several company-sponsored events and training such as Better Builders training modules. When students return to the classroom, they are armed with tangible experience that enables them to apply first-hand understanding to academic work as well as practical skills—making them attractive to future employers.