“I learned a lot about the design process and developed an appreciation for what architects do, but I couldn’t see myself spending a lifetime doing that,” says Brady Jackson, a senior in the construction management (CSM) program.
Brady started his academic journey as an architecture major at the University of Cincinnati, but now believes that he has finally found his intended career path. A belief that was further solidified as he interned with George J. Igel & Company, a heavy/civil construction company whose services include earthwork, piling and shoring, concrete, utilities and soil stabilization.
Brady secured his internship by attending the Construction Career Expo hosted by the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Over 70 companies attend this annual career fair, looking for students like Brady, who are interested in pursuing opportunities in the construction industry.
At Igel, Brady’s responsibilities included tracking quantities, filling out applications, attending progress meetings and learning about the preparation process for new construction projects. Brady also communicated closely with superintendents, foreman, suppliers and owners to manage small landslide repairs and other job assignments.
“There is a great deal of work and detail that goes into each heavy civil project,” he said. “I’ve really enjoyed learning more about and being a part of the construction process.”
One of Brady’s biggest takeaways was the role communication plays in managing a project. “The necessity of communication on a construction project is essential, and without it, you won’t get the job done,” he said.
For Brady, this lesson in communication has helped him bridge the gap between students and professional organizations. In his current role as an ambassador for the Associated Students of Construction, Brady works with the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) organizations to create opportunities that help better prepare Ohio State students for entrance into the construction industry.
His dedication to his internship and the CSM program has not gone unnoticed. Brady was named a recipient of this year’s CFAES Internship Award, an award presented to students who have excelled at internships within their respective fields of study.
After graduation, Brady hopes to secure a job at Igel and start his career in the construction industry. Despite the uncertainty of his plans, he knows that he will be successful thanks to the experiences he’s had at Ohio State and with the CSM program.
“While my aspirations for my future are great, I am beginning to realize that time is a valuable commodity,” Brady said. “I am enjoying my time at Ohio State and being in the CSM program, but I am looking forward to what my future holds post-graduation.”
By Kiersten Wright