My experiences throughout co-op have all built upon each other and led me to find where I best fit in the industry. Not only did my knowledge grow during each one but my responsibility did as well. During my last co-op, I was functioning largely independently, and I felt like I was making a significant contribution to the goals of the company. To me, having enough experience to really add value and contribute to the industry before I have even graduated, is the highlight of co-op.
My first co-op was with LRT Technologies. I worked on their construction crews doing concrete resurfacing and waterproofing. I gained a very good understand of the industry from the ground level there. I also functioned, for a time, as an estimating co-op working on bidding projects.
My second rotation was with Bayer Becker as a land surveying co-op. I worked on their crews doing construction layout and surveying various sites. This is fundamental to all construction and it was beneficial for me to learn.
My final three co-op rotations have been with the civil engineering department at Bayer Becker. I've gained experience on many different projects, mostly working on municipal infrastructure, utility design and stormwater management.