JBKnowledge Intern Insight – Kevin Rushing
When I started college, I was playing baseball and studying mechanical engineering at LeTourneau University. I discovered very quickly that I wanted to transfer to Texas A&M. When I arrived in the spring of 2014, I began studying construction science. I have loved every second of it, and I have learned so many things about the construction industry.
Currently, I am taking an estimating class which links well with my responsibilities as a Business Development Intern at JBKnowledge. I have learned how to read plans, perform takeoffs and employ estimating software and document management software – all of which I get to discuss with JBKnowledge’s construction industry network through my internship.
In the estimating class, we have learned how to read construction plans while applying different scenarios to how we might perform construction jobs in the future. The class consists of eight assignments over the course of the semester in which we are responsible for measuring and calculating the quantity of materials that will be used by contractors in the building process.
My professor, Ronald Workman has been a valuable resource due to his extensive experience in the industry. The class has taught me how to combine technology and plans for efficient estimating. Every week, we have a quantifying project to complete for things such as masonry, concrete, glass and several others. In the first half of the semester, we used strictly a hard copy of the plans. Since we have learned how to navigate through plans pretty well, we have since then started to integrate more quantifying software into the mix. This has made the technology process much less messy and quicker in many ways.
I look forward to seeing how the things I have learned in this estimating class and what I will learn in my future classes will apply to what I do in my future construction career. I think that my education combined with my internship at JBKnoweldge will equip me to be a valuable asset in the construction process.
Thanks and Gig’Em!