Inspector Internship for Franklin County Engineer Office.
November 2, 2012
W. Mac Ware
How you found your internship placement.
My internship was being the inspector for the utilities branch of Franklin County Engineer. I got
my internship from working in other departments at Franklin County Engineers. In the summer of 2009
is got the opportunity to be on the road paint crew because I knew the department head of the traffic
department. When he found out I was taking engineering in college he offered an interview to get a
newly opened traffic engineer internship position. I got that position and started that internship spring
quarter of 2010. I have been at that internship ever since but when I told them I am switching my major
to construction systems management they allowed me take a summer off to work in the utilities
department as an inspector. After the summer I returned and I am still working as a traffic engineer
Description of the business, organization or company, street address and the job
I worked for Franklin County Engineers. I was the utilities intern inspector. Franklin county
engineer is located at 970 Dublin rd. Columbus Ohio, 43215. My job sites ranged from all over Franklin
Contact information for your supervisor.
My supervisor was James Jewell Deputy Engineer at Franklin County Engineers. His email is
firstname.lastname@example.org. His office phone number is 614-525-3063.
List and description of your tasks.
My biggest project of the summer was the Kinnear road widening because I was the only one
from Franklin County that oversaw it. To prepare for a road widening at Kinnear Rd I did a precons. I
had to take pictures of all items that might get damaged from the construction.For the second third of
the summer I watched as the road was prepped by saw cutting off the original berm. They also cut the
extra dirt and dropped it to grade. They had to pace a new catch basin and also raise a man hole. I
had to make sure that everything was to grade and help them with questions they had on the site. I
was also keeping all records of items used for payout. I made sure the concrete curb was at the right
grade and it was the right specification of curb. Before they placed the asphalt I had a proof roll done in
a questionable area. I watched as they put in the new asphalt. I also had to work with Griffin to make
sure they put the road paint where it should be. I used my knowledge with the traffic department to fix
the mistakes on the plans. At the end of the project I planed the final walkthrough with the Forman and
all the department heads of Franklin County making some little changes to the site. This project taught
me the most over the summer because I was left completely alone to make important changes to the
site and the contractor had no choice but to go through me to get their questions answered.
On Walnut Rd I got the chance to do a post inspection on a storm line that was not to be
disturbed during its road widening. We used a small robot to drive through the line and take video and
pictures of damage. We found that many of the big vehicles may have quartered the pipe and that a
house’s sanitary line was emptying into the storm line. I took the footage and pulled out images of
quartered pipe and had a meeting to decide if the damage was the contractors fault or if it was
previously damaged. After the meeting we decided that the quartering was existing damage.
Another site I worked on throughout the summer was Alum Creek and Groveport intersection.
The project includes a steal beam overpass, and two roundabouts. In the first third of the summer I
inspected pile being driven into the ground for the overpass pier. I would count how many hits it would
take for the pile to be driven per foot and stop them when the right number of plows equaled the planes
amount per foot. I also watched a MCE wall be placed for the overpass abutment. Another item I saw
being placed was a very long calvert that was placed for the stream that ran under the project. I tested
concrete by doing a slump cone, making beams, and cylinders. I also saw rebar being placed and
wing walls being assemble. After that the approaches had to settle for 60 days, so not much could be
done. What was happening during this time was forming and pouring of the medians. Storm lines
were also being installed on the site.
At the Brown Rd water line project I went and looked at each driveway and had to decide how
much driveway was damaged from the project and how far back to repave their driveway fare. I went
through the precons as well to see if the damage already existed.
The Mon E Bak project was also a water line installation. There I watched water lines being
placed. I also went through the original planes for the road in the 60s to find what the correct height of
the curb should be and I checked it on the field. My main job at this site was to make sure it was safe
for traffic for the weekend.
At the Georgesville-Wrightsville Bridge Project i saw the original bridge being torn down. They
had to take great care in saving the original piles because they were re using them for the new bridge.
There I was taught about erosion control. I also got to use a laser level for the first time and I watch
form work go up for the abutments.At the Georgesville-Wrightsville Bridge I watched as they formed the
piers and abutments. I also watched as they placed the rebar. When they poured the concrete I did
the cylinders, slump cones, and air tests. Other things I saw there was the placement of geotextile
fabric and under drains being placed. I also watched soil being compacted with vibratory rollers and
mini remote controlled vibratory rollers. I got to do some surveying with a laser level and a total station
as well. I was also there for the placing of the prestressed box beams and the deck pour using a bid
well. At this site I got a good opportunity to talk with people who had a lot of experience and they
taught me a lot.
A site I started to work at during the last month of the summer was the Dodridge Bridge. There I
would keep track of line items used. I watched as they shot strands through the bridge. I also recorded
the length and pressure of the post-tensioning done. After they post-tensioned I would test the slump
and weight of the grout that was pumped through the lines. I repeated these steps multiple times as
they moved to different parts of the bridge’s post-tensioning. I was at this site during the deck pour as
well. There I had to keep track of all the concrete trucks coming in and how much concrete they
brought. I also had to do five cylinders and a slump cone on every five trucks. The pour consisted of
700 cubic yards. A bid well was used to place the concrete as well.
At the Georgesville Casino road widening I would keep track of the asphalt as it was placed on
the new subgrade of the road. I would collect tickets and keep track of how much asphalt they would
Throughout the summer I would inspect driveways before they had new concrete placed to
make sure that they were using expansion joints and the correct concrete mix for the job.
Significant accomplishments and learning from your experiences.
My biggest accomplishment was working on the Kinnear road widening because I was in
charge and the only one from Franklin County Engineer on the site. It made me feel responsible for the
site. I also learned more than I thought I would ever learn from this internship. I learned the lingo and
all the fine details of doing a road widening, bridge, sewer, and water line install. The biggest thing I
learned was communication. With me being the liaison for the contractor And Franklin County I learned
to give bad and good news to people. I also learned how to set up meetings and participate in
Recommendations to 2305 students on ways to be successful in their internships and
My recommendation to 2305 students is to answer every email sent from Mac and Bev about
internships. Do as many interviews as possible and to also meet as many people as you can in the
business. Having good contacts is the best thing in construction.
Submit a by the weekly tracking of your hours totaling 400 hours or more.