June 21, 2010
Bethany Oxford, Construction Management (BCMT) ’11
Co-op Employer: Gilbane Building Company
Position: Assistant Project Engineer Intern
Testing the Waters
When Bethany Oxford, BCMT ’11, leaves for the worksite every morning at 5:30 a.m. she does not feel like a student fulfilling a requirement, she feels like a valued employee. After two co-ops at Gilbane Building Company, Oxford has gained the respect of her colleagues and the assurance that she has chosen the right career path.
“Co-op has strengthened my outlook on my career. I like that fact that there is no cubical and my job can change every few years. I will have a never-ending chance to learn new things as I work on different types of projects.”
After working at Gilbane for her first optional co-op, the company asked Oxford to return for her second co-op. She was able to work on the Southcoast Oncology Center in Fairhaven, Mass., Taunton High School, and Taunton Middle School. Oxford’s tasks included obtaining new drawings and entering them into the database, creating and updating submittals, and everything in between.
“I wanted hands-on experience, which I am getting by working in the trailer on site. I am the organizer on the site and it is my job to make sure everyone knows where everything is.”
Making Her Mark
Oxford takes pride in the value of her work. She was especially proud to be part of the construction team for the Southcoast Oncology Center, which will begin treating patients in March 2011, because of the impact the facility will have on the lives of others.
In April, there was a topping off ceremony where the last piece of steel was lifted into place before other trades began working. The piece was painted white then signed by everyone that had worked on the project, including Oxford.
“It is really exciting to think that my name will always be written on a piece of steel in the building. This is something that I could never have experienced in the classroom, and something I will always remember. It is amazing to feel part of a team and to feel that your work is actually worth something.”