In January I’ll be with a large union mechanical subcontractor for a co-op/internship. They’re affiliated with a crap load of union locals: plumbers, steamfitters, sprinkler fitters, sheet metal, etc.
Ngl I kind of wonder if you work at the same company unicorn.
The sky is the limit with what I can do there, as said by the pms and project executives. I will technically be in project management but there is opportunity for estimating, field helper, or shop helper.
One thing is for sure, I’m going to harass and stalk the foreman and superintendents.
There’s also opportunity to visit the locals and see what they do.
Non Construction related stuff:
Still training, haven’t missed a day. It’s recruiting season for companies interns/full-time or whatever so I’m VERY preoccupied.
Considering we are on opposite sides of the country, I doubt it. The company I work for is pretty small in the scheme of things, and we don’t do a lot of out of state work. We could be affiliated with some of the same unions though, still not entirely sure how the whole union thing works. Especially since I am not a part of it. Office is non-union and the field is.
Either way, that sounds like an amazing opportunity, I am happy for you! I am curious to see what you think of the mechanical world.
It’s an HB Smith 28-13 HE with a capacity of around 3.3 million btus. It’s a cast iron sectional boiler that is built on site. It’s going to be supplying a single zone system with vacuum return and is controlled with a tekmar 279 steam controller. This picture was taken during a hydro test earlier this week (Edit: that’s a lie- this picture was taken before the hydro test), so we now have the header welded and supported in place.
The bougie wing of this building had its own half million btu boiler that started irreparably leaking, so I’m designing a layout to incorporate that piping system into the new boiler as well.
The burner the owners bought is nuts. It must’ve cost upwards of $15k and is typically used in process applications… Seems a bit overkill.
If you’re interested I’ll post up a picture after the jacket is on with the burner and near boiler.piping is tied in. I’ll be wiring it, too.
I’ve recently learned that this company typically has a field office for all for their projects, so in terms of learning and trying to give myself more career leverage, it may be smart to take a job here if available.
Out of curiosity, when you were a project engineer, what divisions/trades were you in charge of? Or did your company divide work differently.
From what I’ve seen
Field Engineers/Supers - Parts of Building
Project Engineers/PMs - Divisions/Trades
Upper level/Senior PMs typically handled the MEP divisions. Some advice I was given is that in order to move up a company you need to know what the guy ahead of you is doing.
And this sub works with the big gc’s too, so like nothing is stopping me from striking up tons of conversations with them and other subs to learn things unrelated to my job…
So it depended on the project size. I preferred working on small projects division where we were doing 1-5M projects. On those I was overseeing all divisions. However some of my coworkers would be in 500M prisons construction projects for CCA and then they would have possibly one trade such as concrete.
And since you weren’t pigeonholed you actually learned how to build, correct?
You know what’s funny…one of my professors, he’s way up in a big company and he started at a smaller one where he was exposed to a lot more. That experience is what essentially allowed him to move up at the big company quickly.
And then there’s Blshaw, who runs a company, and did not like being pigeonholed.
I’m really starting to see a pattern here and it seems to confirm my suspicions, thank you for your response.