Boardwalk Pipelines, LP

Hard Labor

May - July 2018 • Boling-Iago, TX

What I liked

I worked through the effects and implementation of a design. This experience gave me a unique point of view of the design process, and, more specifically, its consequences. Just because a design can be drawn in a computer doesn't mean it can be made in the real world, and if it can, there are always issues to resolve that I had never really thought about. We, as engineering students, learn that certain soils need to have foundations at a specific depth and locations depending on their characteristics. What we don't plug into that equation is if the soil in question can be dug up quickly by shovels in case emergency maintenance has to be done.

What I wish was different

I didn't take the opportunity to ask the engineers working there for an internship or coop opportunity with them, and I regret not doing so.


Study hard; there are people working 10 hours a day under the sun who had the chance to do so, but didn't, and regret it. With a tired breath, a 60 yr old coworker told me, "Don't stay here like I did".
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