Student Information

Student Name

Fernando Arias





Internship Information

Company/Organization: Langan Engineering and Environmental Services

Mentor(s):Marie Best

Topic of Internship

Civil Engineering

Background Information

Langan Engineering & Environmental Services provides site development engineering and environmental consulting for private developers, public agencies, property owners, and institutional clients around the world. Founded in 1970, Langan employs more than 500 professionals in its Elmwood Park, NJ headquarters and among regional offices in: New York City, NY, Philadelphia, PA, Bethlehem, PA, Doylestown, PA, New Haven, CT, Trenton, NJ, Arlington, VA, Miami, FL, Tallahassee, FL, Las Vegas, NV, and Los Angeles, CA. Langan is listed among the Top 100 Design Firms in Engineering News Record (ENR). The firm consistently ranks among the Top 5 Best Engineering Firms to Work For by Civil Engineering News and among the top 30 Green Design Firms by ENR.

Summary of Internship

My internship experience was slightly different than most. Since I was not sure exactly what discipline of engineering I was interested in, my mentor allowed me to rotate within a few land development engineering disciplines at Langan. These disciplines included Traffic, Environmental, and Civil Engineering. My main responsibilities within the Traffic Department included working on engineering designs and drawings in AutoCAD Map 3D 2009. At first, I learned the basic commands for drawing in AutoCAD. As my skills in the program increased, I was able to help out with more difficult drawings. The drawings I made include cover sheets, which go on all reports and typical cross-sections, which shows a cross-section of a street. In the Environmental Department, my main responsibilities were creating maps where wells were being installed using AutoCAD and creating spreadsheets containing data tables of different chemicals that pertained to an environmentally contaminated site. The greatest experience of this internship was the site visit I did with the Traffic Department. I was able to go to a job site where construction had been completed. It was interesting to review the actual engineering plans on paper and then see what the actual site looked like. Here, I was also able to learn that everything does not always get built as drawn by the engineers and this is why they make these site visits.

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