The Alberici Career Training (ACT) program provides new project engineers with insight into Alberici’s various business functions and how they operate together as a whole. Our employees spend time in different departments including Estimating, Scheduling, Project Controls, Marketing, Legal and Safety, where they work one-on-one with other Alberici employees to better understand our company.
Project Engineer Matt Johnson recently began the ACT program. Over the coming months, he’ll be sharing his experiences with us. First, an introduction:
I come from a small town, New Salisbury, IN, about twenty-five miles west of Louisville, KY. In high school, I played baseball and football, I gave swimming a shot for two seasons, but it was certainly not my sport. After graduating high school, I went to Purdue University to study Mathematics. Less than a semester in, I witnessed construction going on across the street from my dorm room to remodel and expand the existing rec center. Having no idea what I’d even do with a math major, and seeing this construction, I decided to give engineering a shot. I found the Construction Engineering and Management (CEM) program and never looked back.
After one semester in the CEM program, I had my first internship with a construction company in Los Angeles. I worked on a roughly $30 million job for USC building a cinematic arts building. Here, I learned the art of submittals, RFI’s, and changer orders. The following summer, I went to Beverly Hills with the same company to help build a $12 million community center for the City of Beverly Hills. Aside from eating where Kim and Kanye like to hang out, I took on a larger role coordinating some steel fabrication.
I interned with Alberici in energy estimating my final collegiate summer. I helped put together a bid for a power plant in New Mexico and perform some takeoffs for Markwest. Since coming on full-time in January of 2015, I have been at Monsanto working on the Greenhouse/ Headhouse project.
In my free time, I enjoy running, cycling, and about anything else that involves being active. I’ve completed half a dozen marathons, a 100 mile bike ride, and this year I plan to complete my first half-ironman.
Check back in the coming weeks to learn more about Matt's experience in the ACT program!