Student to Full-Time | PCL

Student to Full-Time

My internship with PCL was the single best part of my education. I had the opportunity to work with, and learn from, all the wonderful staff in Calgary. I now find myself in Hawaii, which is just as wonderful as Calgary. However, going from a cold dry climate to a hot humid one was a big (though often a very welcome) change for my family to adjust to.

What first piqued my interest in working with PCL was the safety culture that we have here. I grew up working in construction for other contractors. Luckily, I never worked on a project that had a time loss incident. With PCL, I’m proud to work for a company that not only wants incidents reported so they can help prevent them from happening further, but that also cares for the workers and sees them as individuals and not a number on a report.

PCL has been able to offer me diverse experiences that I would not usually be able to have working for just one company. I have had the opportunity to work with people from the Samoan Islands, to Canada, to the USA, and all the way to Russia. Our projects are also diverse, from wastewater treatment plants to beautiful bridges to theme parks. I had the opportunity to learn about some civil projects when I was on my internship, but now I find myself working on a mall, which is a completely different type of construction. I love learning about construction and how different projects are done. I have thoroughly enjoyed opportunities to visit other PCL sites to see how those construction projects are being completed.

One thing that is very important as students and full-time employees is to take advantage of the mentorship program that PCL encourages so strongly. When I was an intern I would look at some of the project managers and think “How do they know all that they do? Why are they so successful?” I believe it is because they knew to build relationships with others so that they can learn and ask questions. Here at PCL, we want everyone to be successful and the best way is to help others and to mentor them. I know I have benefited from the mentorship of others.

Finally, I would like to emphasize to students on internships or co-ops that the best thing you can do is to find a mentor and to keep in touch with them even when you are back at school. Future interns, current interns, field engineers, and project engineers are the future of this company. We all want to be successful, so I know that as you find a mentor to learn from, they will do all that they can to help you be successful with your internship and into your career.

Scott Blumell
Field Engineer
Hawaii District​ 


  • Scott, this is a great blog and PCL is a better place to work because of individuals like you.

    Maureen Heal


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