Major: Environmental Studies
Year of Graduation: 2016
Current Position/Location: Project Construction Coordinator, Blattner Energy / Texas
Please give a brief description of your current position.
I am currently employed as a Project Construction Coordinator (PCC) for Blattner Energy. Blattner Energy is an EPC contractor in the renewable energy construction industry that specializes in power delivery, solar and wind construction projects throughout the United States and Canada.
As a PCC, I work with the onsite team to help coordinate daily operations of a wind construction project. My daily tasks include collaborating with the site manager in an effort to control costs, track daily progress, secure procurement, ensure client's satisfaction along with on-the-job training for any Field Construction Coordinators that report directly to me and the site manager.
What path did you follow to get to your current position?
After graduating from CSB with a degree in Environmental Studies, I started working with Blattner Energy as a Field Construction Coordinator. My first project was a wind project in Texas that was in the reclamation phase of the project when I arrived. Since then, I worked on two projects in southern California, one in North Dakota, and have now returned to Texas to work on another wind project. As a Field Construction Coordinator, I received on-the-job training from my Project Construction Coordinators and site managers to gain the necessary skills and knowledge for advancement. My supervisors along the way have allowed me the freedom to learn more and take on additional leadership roles.
What advice/suggestions would you have for students who might be interested in your career?
Some advice I would give to anyone who is interested in construction management would be to always take opportunities as they come, and never be afraid to ask for help when you need it.
What skills are important in your field?
Some skills that are important in my field are public speaking, ability to train and develop employees, ability to understand construction activities such as grading, electrical, structures and installation. Additional skills would be proficient in Microsoft Office, effective communication and supervisory skills, the ability to prioritize tasks and the ability to relocate every six to nine months as needed.
What is the most satisfying/rewarding part of your position?
The most satisfying part of my job is to come into a project in the beginning and see firsthand the progression and completion of a project. From the beginning when you are looking through drawings to the end where the project is complete and producing power. I really enjoy being a part of a team that works together towards one common goal.
The most challenging part of my job is having to pick up and relocate every 6 to 9 months. It has been a challenge but also a very cool opportunity to be able to travel and see new places. This has forced me to step outside of my comfort zone a lot of times but has also allowed me to make a lot of good friends along the way.
What activities/experiences were helpful at CSB/SJU (and elsewhere) in preparation for this career?
CSB prepared me for this by allowing me to be involved in many different activities. I believe this gave me the confidence to tackle the various responsibilities I have in my job and the ability to manage them effectively. Through my coursework and student employment, I also learned how to be a leader and stand up for my opinion and to never be afraid to ask questions. This is something I use every day in my position.