Describe your current position and what led to your job.
We oversee construction at the Philadelphia Airport Terminal D/E Expansion. Advise on costs, quality, safety, change order work, schedule, etc.
I came on-board with Gilbane as a management trainee and once graduated from the program, I became a project engineer on this current project at the airport. After a year and a 4 months of project engineering work, which is largely document control and correspondence with the design team, I took a role covering field activities and overseeing the work and schedule.
What has been the most rewarding/challenging moment in your career?
The most challenging/rewarding moment in my career is coming up on November 16th. I oversee an area of the building that we are attempting to deliver to the owner by this date without any contractual ties to the date. Keeping everybody calm and willing to perform has been the key to the success. Constant communication and quickly resolving issues after proactively seeking potential conflicts has been the approach and is working.
What is the best career advice you have received?
Everybody is in the business of making money. Keep this in mind for your own company and those that you are dealing with.
What would you recommend to someone interested in working in your field?
You have to have tough skin to work in construction. Do not take things personally, admit if you’ve made a mistake, learn from the mistake, do what you say you are going to do, follow-up, follow-up, and follow-up.
What skills are necessary or what prepared you the most for your career?
I’m a high Dominant and Influencer on the DISC profile. You must be strong minded and be comfortable with dealing with an extremely wide range of different types of people. Everything from being picked on by my brother and cousin’s when I was little, to meeting many different types of people in college has prepared me well for this field.
What professional associations have aided in your professional development?
GBCA – I’ve taken course at Conshohocken Fire Academy for project management and now I am in a group called Young Contractor’s Committee (YCC). I am a LEED AP and have my Contract Documents Technology Certificate. I plan on getting my masters to further improve my business skills, sense, and knowledge.
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