Career development is very important at McCarthy Engineering and one aspect of development is our internship program. What is amazing is when our internship program comes full circle! McCarthy Engineering is excited to announce Tim Arcuri, McCarthy’s Spring intern, has joined our team full time as a Junior Civil Engineer. We welcome Tim to our team! He can be reached at [email protected] or 610-373-8001×278.
In June we had the opportunity to meet McCarthy Engineering’s intern Aidan DePietropaolo. Now that his internship is coming to an end we wanted to follow up with him and hear about his experiences at McCarthy and what he learned.
What was one thing in the engineering field you learned at Widener University that benefited you the most while at McCarthy Engineering?
My Intro to CADD class really helped me. I used the CADD skills I learned in class every day at McCarthy Engineering. I am so thankful I entered into my internship with an understanding of the programs from school. These skills allowed me to be productive from day one!
What was one thing you learned in the engineering field at McCarthy Engineering that you did not learn at Widener University?
Anything and everything related to storm water management, water resources, fluid mechanics, and hydrology. For instance, I had the opportunity to learn modeling software to develop drainage and storm water plans. These are all areas I will be studying in my junior and senior years so I feel I have an advantage going into these classes because of the hands-on training and experience I gained through my internship at McCarthy Engineering.
Who was your mentor at McCarthy Engineering?
I am very fortunate to have had two mentors at McCarthy Engineering. I am most thankful that they both showed me real-world engineering applications while giving me background knowledge of technical engineering theories.
Were your expectations met?
Yes, in fact, my expectations were exceeded! I am very happy to have had the chance to work on projects in the field and in the office which was one of my expectations going into the internship. Additionally, during my roughly 4 months here, I had the opportunity to see projects evolve from watching the steps involved in planning and design through implementation.
What was your favorite project to work on?
I had the chance to work on different storm water management projects for large residential subdivisions and developments. My favorite project was the Spring Valley Village in Bechtelsville because it was my first introduction to storm water management. I assisted the project engineer with the planning of the drainage areas, finding the weighted runoff curve number, pre-development and post-development time of concentration and utilizing hydrograph modeling software.
What is next?
Well COVID has put a twist into what is next for me… Instead of heading back to Widener University to start my junior year, I will be taking my fall semester classes on-line and living at home. I am hoping to head back to campus for my spring semester and resume normal college life!
My ultimate goal is to pursue a career in the civil engineering field and I hope to have another internship next summer to gain additional experience and keep building on the amazing opportunity McCarthy provided me this summer! Thank you to the entire McCarthy team for an amazing internship!
McCarthy Engineering thanks you Aidan and wishes you the best of luck in all your future endeavors!