Hello! My name is Taylor Blevins, and I’m a B.L.U.E. Program intern in McKinstry’s Portland office. I first met with a McKinstry representative at the Oregon State University career fair and once I learned more about the company, I knew it would be a good fit for me.
I’m currently a rising senior at Oregon State studying Energy Systems Engineering. I also have some experience in BIM (Building Information Modeling) from my last internship with an architectural firm.
Ever since that internship ended, I’ve wanted to further-develop my skills in building systems and learn more about how buildings consume energy. As an engineer, it’s important that I learn how to help reduce that energy consumption.
Since McKinstry focuses on the mechanical systems of buildings and the energy aspect of buildings, I knew I was in the right place. So far my experience with McKinstry has been tremendous and I’m learning constantly.
Every day is something new and I’m always improving my knowledge about the systems maintaining every building. A typical week at McKinstry doesn’t confine me to my cubicle—I’m constantly meeting new employees from different departments or new people out in the field on a jobsite.
I can keep a streamlined workload within my department while also taking on some projects from other departments to make the most out of my experience with the company.
McKinstry meetings aren’t your typical construction industry meetings, either. I’ve been in some of those before, and they usually just cover figures, goals for the week, or safety concerns. McKinstry does all of that too, but meetings here are much more interactive and fun. I’ve even gotten to experience “lunch and learn” meetings that include food as well as presentations on new industry info and amazing McKinstry projects across the country.
Once all goes well with my last year in school, I hope to find myself working with this great family at McKinstry again.