Hello! My name is Jessica Baumann and I’m a rising junior and Engineering Physics major at the University of Wisconsin – Platteville.
There are two things in that sentence that many people don’t know about. One is where Platteville is located. Platteville is in the southwest corner of Wisconsin, about 20 minutes away from the Wisconsin/Iowa border.
Secondly, most people don’t know anything about Engineering Physics. This major consists of curriculum taught to mechanical engineers, electrical engineers and physics majors. I enjoy this major because I feel like—once I’m out of college—it can lead to many opportunities, as I’ll have knowledge from several different areas of engineering.
Now, you’re probably asking, “How exactly did she end up at McKinstry?” Well, that’s an interesting story. Last summer, I had an internship through a local mechanical contractor where I heard about McKinstry, but I still knew very little about the company at the time.
Fast forwarding to my fall 2016 semester, I was walking around and talking to different companies at my university’s career fair when I came across McKinstry’s booth. I remembered hearing about the company last summer, so I figured I should chat with the employees there.
After talking with the two guys there—now my coworkers—I decided to do some research, which piqued my interest about McKinstry. That night I had landed an interview and eventually an internship.
It’s been fantastic, exciting and rewarding to join the McKinstry team this summer. I’ve been able to explore development, design and management on a jobsite—all areas of expertise for McKinstry’s Madison, Wisc. office.
I work under the direction of Sean Currie, a project development manager, but I’ve also worked alongside many other people throughout the region.
I originally chose McKinstry to expand my knowledge from last summer and explore the possibilities that come with being a project manager. Honestly, though, I never truly understood what all went into planning a project on the development side of things until I started interning at McKinstry. There are tons of behind-the-scenes tasks from start to finish!
Ultimately, I feel fortunate to be a part of the McKinstry team. This summer has already been full of new knowledge, and I’m excited to learn more!