Terracon is a 100 percent employee-owned consulting engineering firm providing quality services to clients. Since 1965, Terracon has evolved into a successful multi-discipline firm specializing in environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services. Terracon serves a diverse portfolio of private and public clients. By being responsive, resourceful, and reliable, we strive to exceed our clients’ expectations for service, solutions, quality, and speed of delivery. Based on a deep understanding of our clients’ needs, Terracon’s commitment is centered on these key objectives.
2017 summer INTERNs
The University of Oklahoma
Throughout the summer of 2017 I had an opportunity to do my internship at Terracon where safety always comes first. I had the first-hands on experience of working in the Geotechnical Engineering Field. Most of my internship experience came from working in the asphalt and soils lab and shadowing project managers dealing with different testing and challenges that exist through the projects. My work included performing tests in the lab, pulling all the tests required for the individual project, performing Proctors, Atterberg Limits, Sieve Analysis, Moisture, Unconfined test and California Bearing Ratio (CBR) in accordance with the ASTM and AASTHO standards. I had great opportunities to work on testing for large scale projects such as a wind farm project, and building construction as well as the OU Biomedical facility that is under construction.
The most important aspect of Geotechnical Engineering is doing soil classification and knowing how these soils behave under different moistures, compaction and stresses. Not only did I learn to perform these tests but also saw how crucial these tests are.
A minor error can manipulate the classification of the soil. From what we learned in soil mechanics class and implementing it into the real projects was really exciting and became clear. It was really an honor to work along with the professionals at Terracon who were very patient and well educated in their field and I am grateful for putting their time and effort with us to make sure we understood the process, procedures and us being safe.
The University of Oklahoma
This summer, I interned at Terracon Consultant Inc. Terracon Consulting has an amazing team of engineers and Scientists who specialize in geotechnical, environmental, facilities and materials consulting & engineering services. Interning at Terracon expanded my knowledge on what geotechnical engineering was about and it gave me a feel of what a professional work place felt like.
My first week at Terracon consisted of various safety training courses which taught new hires all safety rules and practices. It immediately became clear to me that safety is a very serious concern at Terracon and measures are implemented to ensure all employees go home safely.
Next, I was trained under certified engineering technicians performing various laboratory testing on soil, aggregate, and concrete. I immediately connected with the testing procedures as I had either performed or read about them in classes taken in previous semesters. The difference this time was that these tests were performed on real projects that were going on at the time. I found this fascinating as I had never worked on projects of these magnitudes. Tests had to be performed with so much care and in accordance with the ASTM and AASHTO standards.
I learned so much from my supervisor who is a geotechnical engineer as well as other engineers and project managers working on various projects at the office. Two most important things I learned while working at this firm apart from many technical skills is how effective communication drives a project from start to finish and how important the basic concepts learned in class applied in various aspects of the real world. My internship experience at Terracon was simply amazing, I recommend it to other students and I would do it all over again.