W.M. Jordan Company

Intern Spotlight: Nathan Birsch

July 15, 2016


Nathan Birsch

Name: Nathan Birsch

School: University of Tennessee

Assignment: CHKD Landstown Center Way Medical Office Building

Intern Year: 3rd Year

Describe your duties: Primarily I am focused on overhead inspections and finishes, updating construction drawings, coordination of trades as they overlap in the building, and a technology tutor for all those on site!

How does your internship fit into your long-term career goals?: In the near future I aspire to work as a field superintendent and use what I have learned from both my experiences in the office and the field to create a more efficient and sustainable project. A ten year goal would be to use what I have learned again and apply it to being a project manager or a practicing civil engineer for construction management or geotechnical engineering.

If you are a returning intern, what advice would you give to a 1st year?: The way I have learned the most is by focusing on one trade each week of your internship. Pick for instance installing duct, and learn how to cut, install, seal, and complete duct, then the next week move onto a different trade like concrete and learn how to dig footings, tie rebar, pour concrete, and finish. By focusing on one trade a week you will be able to broaden your understanding of construction and gain respect from guys in the field.

Describe your favorite way to spend your time outside of working this summer: There are two places I truly enjoy my summers, one is back in Knoxville, TN floating in the abandoned rock quarry there with friends. The other is camping down on Hatteras Island with family and friends for our yearly trip. In between that I like to use the little bit that’s left of the afternoon to take my kayak out on the Elizabeth River.

Tell us something interesting about yourself: While at Tennessee during my sophomore year I was part of the American Society for Civil Engineers concrete canoe team, which we had to design, build, and race for competitions.