An Intern's Journey in CANA's Preconstruction Department

October 27, 2020

Dylan Schlosser was an intern in CANA's preconstruction department. Here's what he had to say about his experience:

Being an intern in the preconstruction department has allowed me to gain an abundance of industry knowledge that I would have never learned from a textbook or university lecture. I had the opportunity to work on projects ranging from renovations all the way to residential towers and arenas. While working on these projects, I was introduced to the constructability of designs by reviewing drawings and collaborating with industry leaders to ensure we were pricing projects accurately. Because each project had their own scope of work, I was able to dive into each design and learn different aspects, potential problems, and techniques by talking to a variety of subcontractors.

I have also been fortunate enough to be part of site logistics planning, labour planning, and scheduling. This increased my knowledge in durations and sequences that are required to provide clients with a project that is on time and on budget.

I could not have been happier with my choice to do my internship with CANA. The company is filled with some of the most knowledgeable people in the industry that are eager to mentor anyone that comes through the door. CANA has provided me with the mentorship and opportunity to gain experience and confidence in the construction industry. One of my favourite parts of working at CANA is the people that make this company up. Everyone at the company, regardless of their role, is personable, approachable, and treats you with respect.

Coming into the internship I was unsure what I truly wanted to do when I graduated. Working at CANA introduced me to all aspects of civil engineering and solidified my desire to pursue a career in project management. Working for a general contractor allows you to learn every aspect from design and constructability to scheduling and managing a budget.