- First student to earn B.S. in CEMT
When Mark Gaylord, of Mishawaka, earned his degree from Purdue University North Central he became the first student to earn a Bachelor's degree in Construction Engineering and Management Technology.
Well before he graduated, he was putting his Purdue education to use. While still a student, Gaylord interviewed for an internship with AECOM, a company that specializes in all aspects of the construction industry and takes on projects in countries around the world. After about two weeks, the internship became a full-time job.
Today, Gaylord is a program document control manager and is part of a team working on a $355 million hospital for Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center in South Bend and Mishawaka. He participates in all aspects of the construction oversight process
Without hesitation Gaylord credits his PNC education with helping him gain the knowledge and skills necessary for this challenging position.
“My education at PNC gave me well-round knowledge of the construction industry – designing and understanding cad drawings, knowing construction procedures and techniques, speaking and understanding the language of construction,” he explained. “I felt fully prepared for what I am doing.”
How did Gaylord end up at PNC? “Purdue has a very good reputation and its degrees fit with the career I want,” he said. “PNC is close to home so it was possible to commute without having to move. “
Gaylord found success at PNC. He maintained a perfect grade point average, he was a member of the Phi Eta Sigma, and Alpha Sigma Lambda honor societies and was active in the campus Construction Club.
He was part of the 2008 PNC Construction Club team and he proudly notes that the five-member PNC team placed ahead of the Purdue West Lafayette team in the National Association of Home Builders annual nation-wide competition. He also participated in Habitat for Humanity while he was a student.
“The NAHB competition brought together many positive aspects of what college life is all about,” said Gaylord. “The contest challenged all aspects of what our education represented.”
He is quick to thank Martha Garcia-Saenz, associate professor of Building Construction Management Technology with recommending him for the internship that led to his job.
But he also credits the PNC faculty aiding his success, “Many, if not most of the faculty have academic and work experience so that their practical experience put a real-world viewpoint on what we are learning.”
He is quick to encourage others to attend PNC. “Do it,” he said without hesitation. “The time and work is worth the effort. Not simply for the education, but also for the experience in learning how to learn. That all translates into skills and abilities you'll use when you reach the work environment.”
Gaylord is continuing his education and is pursuing his M.B.A. with University of Phoenix.
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