W.M. Jordan Company

Intern Spotlight: Jack Phillips

July 26, 2017



Name: Jack Phillips

School: University of Virginia

Assignment: Newport News Office, Estimating Department

Intern Year: Fourth Year

Describe your duties: Quantity takeoff, researching material, soliciting and comparing quotes, creating Timberline estimates, awarding subcontracts, subcontractor pre-award meetings, preliminary schedule building and bid preparation/submission.

How do your duties differ from previous years? This is my first time working in preconstruction, so my duties differ pretty significantly in that once the project begins, I transition to a new job. However, working efficiently in preconstruction is not possible without a solid understanding of field construction, so I still use knowledge gained the last three years daily.

How has your internship impacted your studies? Working in general contracting influenced my choice to follow the Infrastructure track of my Civil Engineering major.

What advice would you give to a first-year intern? Always keep a keen eye when you are working in the field. The more details you are able to look back on and recall, the easier time you will have connecting the dots in how a full project comes together.

Describe your favorite way to spend your time outside of working this summer: The best way to spend time not working is sitting on a beach with friends.

Do you have any hidden talents most people don’t know about you? I can solve a 12-sided Rubix cube.

What’s the most daring thing you’ve done recently? Asking Ken Taylor (jokingly) if he thought giving interns paid vacation days was a good or bad idea.

Where would you most want to live after college? Somewhere warm and on the water!