A Hero's Chronicle

Jec Escopete, a student of VSU in Baybay City, Leyte, writes his work experiences at Hero Construction as a civil engineering intern.

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I will start this narrative by sharing my personal experiences in this new journey. The company's name was really interesting but I felt extremely anxious because I was going to an unfamiliar environment. I had full of apprehensions about this on-the-job training as it is beyond my home province, nevertheless, I made sure all of my things were prepared before my trip to Cebu to make sure I am early for the appointment.

The first day came and all office members welcomed me into their team in a warm and friendly manner. I felt relaxed with their cordial greetings. They made me feel like I really belong and I am supported with the tasks I am entrusted to do. The manager, Engr. Herbert M. Diapolet conducted the orientation and shared about the company’s history, accreditations, ongoing projects, and accomplishments. As a civil engineering intern at HERO Construction, I am tasked to collaborate with Engr. Rogin U. Ylaya, the Project Engineer, and to oversee ongoing projects while under training to learn technical skills and the practicalities of the profession in the construction industry.

Photo session after conducting every morning's toolbox meeting in Tuyan, City of Naga, Cebu

In the field, after being introduced to everyone, I was overwhelmed by the work and the responsibilities that were placed on me, but with the help of my supervisors and the directors, who have had years of experience in the industry, I felt more confident and supported as I knew my work will be double checked and any uncertainties were explained. By observing and learning from them, I managed to pick up tips and learned different types of skills, from learning to communicate and dealing with co-workers, to reading and deciphering different construction plans. As everyone was open for my contributions and ideas, this instantly made me feel comfortable and definitely made me feel part of the team.

During my work experience at HERO Construction, I was fortunate to have learned firsthand the different sides of a project cycle: the general process of how a project is initially planned, executed, monitored, and completed, as well as how much work and details are involved in every stage.

Another valuable lesson I have learned during the past six (6) weeks is that there is a wide-ranging type of work and sectors for a civil engineer’s career to develop. This training experience has truly molded me as a future licensed civil engineer to be more insightful of these vast roles and responsibilities that I could perform as a Civil Engineer and I do look forward to contributing back by helping develop other students just as I was trained in this internship program.

Jec receives his Certificate of Completion after completing the internship program.

Jec Escopete

Jec is a civil engineering intern at HERO Construction. He collaborates with the project engineer and oversees ongoing projects while under training to learn technical skills and the practicalities of the profession in the construction industry.

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