Thomas L.
University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Thomas Lombard joins us from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville as a spring/summer 2016 co-op.

Home Town

White House, TN

School

University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Year

Senior

Major

Civil Engineering

What Activities are You Involved In?

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), Intramural Sports (Flag Football, Basketball, Softball, & Hockey)

What Brought You to ARCO?

I met Matt Sander and Jim Driscoll at UT’s civil engineering job fair. After spending some time talking with them about the opportunities that ARCO offers to their co-ops, I knew it was the place for me.

What is a Typical Day Like for an ARCO Co-Op?

Every morning I meet with my project managers to find out what they are working on that day and what I can do to help. Then, I make a running to-do list and update it throughout the day. Since I am supporting multiple project managers, no two days are alike.

What is the Best Advice You Have Ever Received?

Never widdle down your dreams to fit your comfort zone. Always push yourself to be better.

If You Could Give Advice to Future Co-Ops, What Would it Be?

Don’t take this experience for granted. You are surrounded by people who truly know what they are doing, and they can teach you so much more than what can be learned in a classroom. Take initiative and manage your time wisely. Oh, and keep a pen and paper with you at all times.

What is On Your Bucket List?

I’d like to catch a game at every MLB field, skydive, and go backpacking in Australia.