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Matthew Ondricek

Alliance Construction Solutions

Project Engineer

Personal Information

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School: South Dakota State University

Major: Construction Management

Years at College Works: 2015 to 2016

Career Information

Company You Work For Now: Alliance Construction Solutions

Title: Project Engineer

Industry: Construction

Brief Description of Duties / Responsibilities

Oversee the project and help manage subcontractors. I am in charge of writing and dealing with RFI's with the architect as well as submittals between the architect and the subcontractors.

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

Landing the job I coveted most out of school over multiple applicants.

CWP Career Impact

In one sentence, what has CWP meant to you?

CWP has meant the confidence to be able to achieve whatever I want professionally or personally.

How did your CWP experience impact your career? Immediately after graduation? Now?

CWP gave me the skills to be able to hit the ground running in my career. I was able to have a head up in the interview because of my experiences and because of the interpersonal skills learned.

What do you want to tell your clients about what it meant to work with them and how it has helped you get to where you are today?

My clients taught me how to run a business and everyone of them I talked to I asked for advice to get better and be of better service to them. They all gave me small tidbits and shaped my year and future.

What was the greatest lesson you learned from your CWP experience?

My greatest lesson I learned was do what I have to do now so I can do whatever I want later. Meaning I worked my butt off during the internship but it paid off now that I have started my career where I want.

How has the friendships and networks you built during CWP affected you?

The people I have met during this internship are life long friends and people I still keep in touch with.

If you had to come up with an one line slogan for CWP, what would it be? :)

Work hard play hard.

Advice

What advice do you have for potential CWP participants? Current CWP participants?

Ask lots of questions and never let up.

Many college students struggle to choose between an internship specific to their target industry or doing CWP. What advice would you give them on this subject if they wanted to enter your career field?

The best thing you can do for yourself is become as rounded of an applicant as possible and show that you can do anything and be successful at it.

What's your best advice for someone interested in entering your career field?

Be willing to learn all the time and be willing to put in the hours.

What's your favorite memory from CWP?

Going to Cancun with all my friends and getting to do an excursion with winners of challenges.