From Co-op to Career

By:       Staci Jones
Date:    March 1, 2018

Construction management senior and March Engineer of the Month, Austin Schultz, looks forward to contributing to his field as he accepts a full-time position with his co-op company.

Austin Schultz pictured in his "We Engineer Better" polo.

The beautiful campus and architectural structures in combination with the cooperative education (co-op) program are what led March Engineer of the Month, Austin Schultz, to attend the University of Cincinnati.

Austin’s early love for architecture is what led him to select a field where he could apply art to everyday life – construction management at the UC College of Engineering and Applied Science.

He feels that his co-op rotations were a much-needed application that exposed him to experiences that provided challenges reflective of real-life work experiences.

Austin’s first two co-op rotations were with Dugan and Meyers Construction. During this time, he moved to Columbus, OH and worked directly on the jobsite learning from laborers and carpenters.

“I feel that this was one of my most influential co-op rotations because I learned so much about how things are actually installed in the field,” said Austin. His second co-op round was spent in the estimating department in the Dugan and Meyers Cincinnati office.  

Las Vegas, NV is where Austin completed his third co-op rotation. There, he worked for an electrical contractor. While away from work, he also enjoyed his travel experiences by training and running the Rock n' Roll Marathon in Las Vegas as well as enjoying the areas hiking trails.  

His fourth and fifth co-op rotations were spent working for Mosser Construction in Bowling Green and Maumee, OH, respectively. “My most valuable takeaway from this experience was effective leadership traits. Such great people!” said Austin.  

Marathon Petroleum Company in Findlay, OH is where he completed his final co-op rotation. He was tasked with full-time responsibilities which he regards as being an incredible opportunity.

“I worked with a great team and loved my job which is why I will begin working full-time with Marathon in June,” said Austin.  

Austin regards his proudest achievement as being his journey. As he nears graduation, he reflects on his overall experiences and awards such as Engineer of the Month, he states how grateful he is and how much he looks forward to his next steps.

His recommendation to future students is to, “Give it your all on co-op! Do not turn down opportunities. No matter how big or small the task is, it is significant to your journey.”  

Some of Austin’s most rewarding experiences and memories have been as a peer leader for the First Year Experience program. Over four academic semesters as a peer leader, he led an accumulation of 130 construction management, civil engineering and other engineering related majors.

“This has been an extremely rewarding experience to meet students and get to know them as they start their freshman year at UC and hear about their dreams and ambitions,” said Austin. “Some of my best memories were pumpkin carving with my learning community and the end of the year present exchanges.”

Upon graduation in 2018, Austin will work with Marathon Petroleum Company in Findlay, OH as a Project Controls Specialist and he will be marry his fiancé, Megan, in August.

The College of Engineering and Applied Science congratulates Austin Schultz on his outstanding achievements thus far and as the March Engineer of the Month.

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