Joel Embury

Joel Embury
Construction Programs
Company: Schnackel Engineers, Inc.
Major: Construction Engineering
August 3, 2021

As a non-traditional college student, I have a full-time job as a Project Manager for Schnackel Engineers in their Omaha office. As the project manager I get manage a design team and experience many different aspects of the design and construction administration process. During the design process I get to schedule projects and communicate between the design team and architect, owner, and contractors. Then then a project moves into the construction administration process, I get to attend construction conference calls, review RFIs with the design team, and review submittals.

The highlight of this summer was getting to work on a project located in Omaha. I was able to review the construction drawings prior to issuing for permit, and then I was able to visit the construction site during rough-in and closeout phases of the construction process. These two visits at different points in construction allowed me to see how what is shown on the construction drawings get turned into a finished product. This was especially helpful as the MEP systems get hidden behind drywall and ACT tiles.