Department of Physics and Engineering

West Virginia Wesleyan College

Jason Jackson's Internship in Civil

Engineering at the WV Division of Highways

Jason Jackson had a summer co-op in Civil Engineering at the West Virginia Division of Highways.

Jason reports, “I had the good fortune to have a boss who had just acquired his professional engineering license. He was eager to get me as much experience as he could during the summer.

“I arrived on the job just after the girders were in place. The deck pans were to be installed next.

"I had to insure that the contractor complied with the requirements of the WVDOH Spec book. I did a lot of inspecting to make sure that the contractor was following the

requirements.

“I worked at a bridge project in Summers County. I arrived on the job just after the girders were in place.

 

"The deck pans were to be installed next. I had to insure that the contractor complied with the requirements of the WVDOH Spec book. I did a lot of inspecting to make sure that the contractor was following the requirements.

The state awards most projects to private contractors. A state engineer is present to make sure the job is done right.

"This can be difficult, especially when the contractor is trying to cut corners. This inevitably results in some confrontations. I learned how to handle situations like that.

I also did some calculations to determine the payments that the contractor was owed. I learned how to read plans and to modify them.

"I saw the construction of a piling wall and a box-beam bridge. I got to see what my job would be like as a civil engineer.”