Troy K.
Missouri University of Science and Technology

Home Town

St. Louis, MO

School

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Year

Sophomore

Major

Civil Engineering

What Activities are You Involved In?

I am part of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity of the Alpha Kappa Chapter at Missouri S&T. In the fraternity, I’m part of rush recruitment and exterior activities like campus involvement. I’m also a part of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the varsity wrestling club they have on campus.

What Brought You to ARCO?

I was first intrigued about ARCO from a fraternity brother who was on co-op with ARCO at the time and gave a synopsis about what he loved most about ARCO. What really struck me was the ‘work hard play hard’ culture that is prevalent with ARCO. The culture here is on a whole different level from other companies. Everybody here wants you to be part of the ‘ARCO Family’ and truly want to get to know you on a personal level. I find that extremely special and what makes ARCO thrive in the business of general contracting.

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

A typical day at ARCO can consist of a number of things. Usually I’ll start the day by asking the different project managers if they have any tasks I can assist them with. That might include calling a bid list and getting certain subcontractors to send us a bid proposal, managing job books and updating the unit cost for the job, doing takeoffs and estimates, visiting jobsites, and so on. I always keep a to-do list each day because on top of helping the project managers with different tasks, I’m working on multiple jobs with specific project managers, so it’s fundamental to stay organize and complete your work as efficient as possible.

What is the Best Advice You Have Ever Received?

Never reject a possibility because your mind is already made up.

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

Don’t be shy about asking project managers if they need any help completing tasks or questions in general. ARCO is an incredible opportunity and everybody here at the office just wants to see you succeed and continue to develop as a young intern at this company.

What is On Your Bucket List?

I would love to take a summer long trip to Italy and visit my mom’s side of the family that is still living there to this day.