Meet the Miron Interns: Amber Ronsman and Charlie Hill

Posted on Jul 18, 2019 by Miron Construction

What better way to gain real world professional experience before graduation than on-the-job training? Interns here at Miron Construction get to do just that and more! Every summer, Miron welcomes a number of interns to work in all areas of our company. Every intern has a unique story, so we have invited ten interns to share their journeys on our blog over the next several weeks. Now let’s dive right in and get our hands dirty! Our first two interns in the spotlight are Amber Ronsman and Charlie Hill.

 

Amber Ronsman – Project Management Intern

 

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Amber Ronsman and I will be a Junior at Michigan Technological University this fall. As a kid, I had always wanted to be an architect, but I found myself asking why things were done a certain way after my dad, who owned a general contracting business, took me to some construction sites. For this reason, I am studying Civil Engineering at the Tech and believe that in order to be a good engineer, you must understand what happens in the field.

What are your future career goals and how do you plan to reach them?

My career goals are to graduate with my engineering degree and find a job in the construction industry that suits my personality and complements my values. I hope to excel in my role and gradually move up the ladder to a leadership position. I plan to reach my goals by staying focused and completing school on time. After I graduate, I plan to take note of what I have learned , reflecting on what went well and what did not in order to improve throughout my career.

What interests you about a career in construction?

What interests me the most about a career in construction is that not a single day is the same. There is always something new and exciting happening, and along with that comes learning something new every day. Construction is also very satisfying because you can see results almost instantly. When problems arise, you can collaborate with a team of talented individuals to find a way to get the job done.

Why did you choose Miron for your internship?

Miron has a reputation like no other in the construction industry. Their quality of work and care for the client stands out from the rest. After talking with a previous intern at the career fair, I learned of the strong internship program Miron has in place. This allowed me to see that Miron not only cares about their customers but their employees too. All of these things drew me to Miron, and I am beyond thankful for this opportunity.

What aspect of your internship do you love the most?

My favorite part about my internship is being able to see the project go from plans, to bids, to completion. Being on site every day has truly helped me understand everything because I can address a problem right away or meet with the Owner if there are concerns. The past couple of months have been eye opening on how the project truly comes together and how hiccups, big or small, can affect the completion date. The progress that has been made in Coleman in the last two months has been incredible. I cannot wait to see it all finally come together.

Have there been any eye opening or mind-blowing aspects of your experience so far? What has surprised you the most about this internship?

The most mind-blowing aspect of the whole process has been realizing that the construction industry has its own sort of language. Understanding the construction terms and plans as well as how the trades work together in a critical order to meet the completion date has been a lot to absorb in just a couple of months. It is vital to always be on your toes and know where to find certain information when a subcontractor or the Owner has a question. I have also learned that it doesn’t hurt to ask questions. My project manager, superintendent, and foremen have been extremely helpful, understanding, and willing to explain things in detail in order for me to fully understand a concept. I could not be more thankful for all that I have learned this summer and look forward to seeing the final weeks of the project wrap up.

What advice would you have for next year’s interns?

I would say to them that an internship with Miron is like no other. The valuable information that you will learn throughout your experience is far more than you could ever learn in the classroom. Soak up as much information as you can, be observant, and ask questions. What you put into your internship is what you will get out  of it. Ask questions constantly- it is the best way to learn! Lastly, don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. It is where you will learn the most and people will always be willing to help. I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to work for Miron this summer and look forward to what my future holds.

 

Charlie Hill – Estimating Intern

 

Tell us a little about yourself.

Hi! My name is Charlie Hill and I’m currently going into my 5th and final year at Michigan Technological University studying Civil Engineering. I usually spend any free time I have outside. Although short in Houghton, during the summer and fall seasons I enjoy hiking and golfing. In winter and spring I love heading up to Mount Bohemia to ski. I’m on the Michigan Tech concrete canoe team where I have held multiple committee head positions including structural mix design, mix supervisor, and construction manager. Our team was lucky enough to qualify for the 2019 national competition at Florida Institute of Technology and we are very proud to have placed 10th in the country. Growing up I was constantly changing my mind when anyone asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. Anything from police officer to chemist would be a common answer. In high school I eventually decided on engineering, primarily electrical/computer engineering. I finished my first 2 years at Michigan Tech as an electrical engineer and decided it wasn’t for me, so I switched to Civil Engineering and never regretted it.

What are your future career goals and how do you plan to reach them?

I am hoping to obtain a job in either transportation or construction. Both divisions have their own appealing aspects to me, but it’s definitely a difficult decision to make. Last summer I was a Civil Engineering Intern for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation working in project development. I enjoyed my time there, but wanted to get a different experience to help decide what I want to do after graduation. My plan is to get as much out of every internship I am given so I have the best idea of what I enjoy and where I want to begin my career.

What interests you about a career in construction?

The main reason I am interested in a career in construction is the large variety of projects I get to see. No two projects are the same, and in estimating I get to see so many unique projects throughout the summer. So far this summer I have worked on seven of my own projects ranging from a remodeling of a plaza building at an area technical college to a complete reconstruction of a parking lot at a hospital as well as helping out with several others in between. This allows me to experience jobs from multiple industries and to see how versatile Miron really is.

Why did you choose Miron for your internship?

I chose Miron for my internship because of the positive experiences that I heard about from a few of my peers that were interns with Miron in the past. Four of my friends have worked for Miron in the past and a few of them still do. I asked all of them what they thought of Miron and all of them highly recommended that I look into their internship program because they loved it so much.

What aspect of your internship do you love the most?

I love the people here. Miron’s culture is truly amazing and unlike anywhere else I have worked. The company drivers are a great representation of what Miron is all about and I have already witnessed most, if not all of them in my first two months here.

Has there been any eye opening or mind-blowing aspects of your experience so far? What has surprised you the most about this internship?

I would say the most surprising thing I’ve seen so far would be the Miron Way training. To have the leadership of the company go up and not just say what Miron does but why they do it. Teaching each Miron employee everything from the history of the company and how it started, to the six drivers that represent what Miron is passionate about. It shows Miron’s commitment to their people and getting the opportunity to learn more about the company from them made it feel so much more personal.

What advice would you have for next year’s interns?

My advice for next year’s interns would be to get as involved as you can. In any internship, I feel like you only get out what you put into it. If you don’t involve yourself in something, you won’t be able to witness it firsthand and you might not get the opportunity again. You will build many relationships with everyone you meet, both Miron employees and subcontractors. These relationships can make a major difference in your level of success here, but whether that difference is positive or negative is up to you. Be ready to learn and ask any and all questions to get the most out of your time here because it will be over before you know it.

 

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