JBKnowledge Intern Attends the MCAA Student Chapter Summit
Howdy! My name is Williams Andrade and I am a Junior Construction Science Major with a minor in Business at Texas A&M University. I have been a Business Development Intern at JBKnowledge, Inc. for two semesters now and I have nothing but great things to say about the company and my time spent working for them. Since the time I started working with the company earlier this year, my knowledge of the construction industry, the role of a business development department within a company and overall knowledge about running a business has significantly increased.
Working for a company like JBKnowledge Inc. presents many great opportunities outside of the workplace. For me personally, one of those opportunities occurred earlier this month when I was presented with the chance to travel to Cleveland, Ohio with the JBKnowledge CEO, James Benham, to attend the 2015 Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) Student Summit where James was presenting an educational session on the “Future Forecast: How Drones, Sensors and Integrated Apps are Rewriting all the Rules.” Specifically, this trip was intended for me to learn as much as I could about the organization in order to help reestablish the Mechanical and Electrical Contractors Student Association at Texas A&M University.
For an entire weekend I had the chance to explore Cleveland and attend an educational summit hosted by some of the largest and most successful mechanical contracting companies in the country. During the course of the summit, college students from all around the nation were able to learn about some of the latest and most innovative technologies emerging in the construction industry. Among these technologies was the expansions of 3D printing to manufacture intricate parts and the use of scanners, along with drones, to develop renderings of buildings and mechanical systems. As a construction science student, attending the summit significantly helped me to get a better glimpse of what mechanical contractors do. This included discovering the potential benefits of entering that sector of the construction industry as opposed to following the normal general contractor route followed by many construction management students.
The summit not only allowed me to learn about the mechanical sector of the construction industry but also afforded me the chance to learn from other students. Being around students that serve as leaders within their school’s local MCAA chapters provided great insight on what it takes to run a successful and competitive chapter. Each student shared different ideas regarding recruitment, fundraising, developing industry relations and much more. Overall, the summit was a great experience and I am grateful for having had the chance to attend and even more grateful for the people that made it possible.
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