The construction industry requires hands on experience – to learn by doing. The best way to learn in this industry is by actively participating in the process through an apprenticeship, an internship or a co-op. We recently welcomed Pierce Gelhaus, a Construction Engineering student at Iowa State University (ISU), as a Project Management Intern. Pierce will be gaining first-hand knowledge while contributing to the Neumann team for the summer and fall terms.
Pierce first got involved in construction during the summer of his eighth grade year roofing houses. He followed-up on that experience by enrolling in shop classes to expand his skills. “I wanted to continue growing my knowledge away from my classes so I took jobs in construction,” he said. “I worked as a laborer for a couple contractors in my community – I poured concrete, framed walls, set steel siding and any other miscellaneous jobs they would give me.” Eventually, Pierce chose to pursue Construction Engineering at ISU after a small push from his father (an ISU alumnus of Civil Engineering).
During his time with us, Pierce will assist senior Project Managers with everything from bid preparations to administrative requirements, plan updates to owner meetings and everything in between. He’ll get to experience work in the office and meetings on the jobsite. “Being able to see a project from start to finish and being able to see and learn from every step in the process is what I’m most excited for,” he said.
“Pierce has been a great help getting the Bankers Trust and MWA (Metro Waste Authority) projects kicked-off with submittals, subcontracts and project planning,” Project Manager Rick Trower said. “His positive attitude and openness to listen and learn will make him a great part of the team. I’m excited to see him progress over the next few months.”
Accepting a co-op offer is quite daunting for college students. They are agreeing to step away from classes for a semester or more in order to gain real experience. For many, this means school will last beyond the traditional four years. “I’d only heard great reviews from others about how exceptional Neumann is to their customers and the community around them. It wasn’t hard for me to make the decision,” Pierce said.
Please join us in welcoming Pierce to the Neumann team!