A day in the life of a Miron estimator: Halie Schmidley

Posted on Nov 4, 2015 by People

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a member of the Miron team? Below is some insight into what makes our team members tick.

Halie Schmidley | Green Bay, Wisconsin

What is a typical day at Miron Construction like for you?
A typical day consists of interpreting and taking off plans, picking through specs, and communicating with subcontractors. The subcontractors become an integral key in understanding the full project and being prepared for bid day.

What is the best part of your day?
The best part of my day is being able to flip the page of a plan and feel confident in what I had just taken off and/or reviewed.

What is the most challenging part of your day?
The most challenging part of my day is cold calling subcontractors who I have not built a relationship with yet.

What is one thing you wish you knew when you started your career as an estimator?
I wish I would have realized how much of my job requires relying on others. Miron self-performs only a portion of the project. We rely on others, like subcontractors, to make the project complete, so it is my job to make sure we have a full scope of the project and its needs.

What projects are you most proud of? Why?
Downsville Elementary School–This project presented some means and methods challenges that were fun to collaborate on. At the end of the day our strategy helped bring in a project.

On average, how many job sites do you visit per day?
Typically I visit one pre-bid site per week and one to two job sites per year. Getting out of the “war room” really depends on the workload for future bids.

What is something you would say the general public does not know about the construction industry?
We still use fax machines!

Where do you see the industry going in the future? What will it look like in the next 20 years?
I see the next 20 years bringing massive infrastructure rebuilding with technological integration.

Fun fact:
This summer was my first year as a coach for the Miracle League of the Fox Valley, an organized baseball league for children ages 4-19 with physical and/or cognitive disabilities.

How do you spend your free time?
Most of my free time is gobbled up playing with my Goldendoodle, Cooper. While he is recharging I’m acting as project manager at home while I work on personalizing things around the house.

Favre, Rodgers or other?
Rodgers.

What is one thing you cannot live without? 
I could live without my phone but it sure makes life a lot simpler. I’ve developed a love/hate relationship with my phone because I find myself wasting time scrolling through Pinterest lengthening my honey-do list, but on the other hand it helps me keep in touch with loved ones and Google is always at my fingertips.

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