What drives a person towards becoming a Professional Engineer? For some, knowing their hard work provides people with structurally sound facilities to do business and earn a living guides them into the profession. Others develop a knack for design and enjoy the challenge of creating beautiful buildings on a budget. Ashleigh Jones, on the other hand, discovered her passion for engineering at an early age without even having to leave the house.
“I grew up in a family full of engineers and ever since I can remember, have wanted to keep the tradition alive,” said Jones. “I wanted to be an engineer before any of my friends even knew what it meant.”
Over winter break, Jones helped out the C1S team as a Construction Intern. It was her second stint with the company after she spent the summer of 2016 in the same position. She has played an important role on several projects, including a HVAC replacement at the Frito-Lay facility in Irving and renovations to several buildings in Dallas’s Deep Ellum neighborhood, which have been converted into bars and restaurants.
Jones, a Dallas native who has already earned her degree in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University and is working towards her MBA in S.T.E.M, believes C1S has given her the real world experience she needs to excel in this industry.
“At C1S, I have been exposed to so many different areas of the company,” said Jones. “Some days it’s working on-site with the property owner or subcontractors of a new facility, while others, I am in the office documenting and preparing for an upcoming job. I feel like I have learned something new everyday during my time at C1S.”
In August, Jones will complete her education at Texas Tech and hopes to land a full time position as an industrial engineer, or will continue working on the construction side. This, of course, will open an opportunity for another motivated, dedicated student to learn the tricks of the trade at C1S.
To future students considering an internship at C1S, Jones has this to say.
“If you’re looking for a hands on experience where you get to be a part of the process and apply what you have learned in college, this is the company for you,” said Jones.
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