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Miron Intern Update: Dennis Garvey & Zach Gassner

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Summer flies by quickly — especially so for our Miron interns. They have been hard at work these past few months! Before our intern bloggers head back to school, we asked each of them to catch us up on their internship experience. We have already heard from Bryce Boden and Clint Garris and Holly Denfeld and Travis Fleis. Next up is Dennis Garvey and Zach Gassner. (In case you missed their first post, read it here.)

Dennis Garvey – Virtual Construction Intern

 

Miron-Intern-Dennis-GarveyWhat is the coolest thing you have learned this summer?

I could totally nerd out on this one! I have gained a great deal of knowledge and skills in so many different programs –Navisworks, Revit, AutoCAD, and Lumion to name a few. I feel like I have learned a completely new language this summer (as in a new set of softwares) that I’ll be able to utilize in school next year.

 

What has been your favorite part of your internship?

I have been completely and pleasantly surprised at the dual experience that I have gained dealing with both software and construction information. I have learned industry terms and processes that I have never been exposed to other than through a textbook.

 

What has been the hardest part of your internship?

The hardest part, but definitely the most beneficial, has been working on a new problem daily, if not more frequently. The workload that goes on in Virtual Construction seems unpredictable from day to day, which is probably why I always enjoyed coming in to work every morning.

 

Do you feel that your internship has better prepared you for the future? If so, in what ways?

I feel like this internship will change the way I take on design challenges as I continue to pursue my degree in architecture. The software intelligence that I have gained will be put to use in creating more developed, realized, and professional work in my studios to come. I know I have gained so much knowledge, and I’m excited to take on more challenges before the summer comes to an end!

 

What advice would you give other students considering a similar internship?

I won’t need to tell my classmates anything, I’ll just show them! It will be evident that the work I’ll be able to produce this semester will be much more developed than previous years and I’ll be able to exchange some tips and tricks I’ve learned with others who had different experiences this summer!

 

Is there anything else you would like to share about your internship experience?

Working with the skilled individuals that make up Miron’s Virtual Construction team has helped me understand this corner of the construction industry in a completely new way. I have felt a part of the team more at this position than any other previous jobs in the past. It’s truly has been a privilege working for Miron this summer!

 

Zach Gassner – Project Management Intern

 

Miron-Intern-Zach-GassnerWhat is the coolest thing you have learned this summer?

The coolest thing that I learned this summer was how steel is erected and how the deck is shot down. I have never had the opportunity to see iron workers in action so it was exciting for me to see them erect the steel on my project.

 

What has been your favorite part of your internship?

My favorite part of my internship is helping the superintendent and project manager. My project manager and superintendent have a lot of experience in the construction industry and it has been an honor to get to learn from and work with them.

 

What has been the hardest part of your internship?

The hardest part of my internship has been understanding what happens next on the project. Since I do not have much experience in the field, it has been hard for me to understand the sequence of events needed to finish the project. My superintendent has been very helpful with teaching me about what needs to happen next and explaining to me why it happens that way.

 

Do you feel that your internship has better prepared you for the future? If so, in what ways?

I believe that my internship has prepared me for my future because I am out in the field learning from tradespeople that have a lot of experience. There is no book that could teach me what I am learning from my internship at Miron.

 

What advice would you give other students considering a similar internship?

The advice that I would give other students would be to ask as many questions as possible. The more questions you ask, the more you will learn. I would also tell them to work as hard as they can every day because hard work will always pay off in the end.

 

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