Class of 2012: What now for Christopher Carlino?

As the College of Technology’s December 2012 graduates complete their time at Purdue, we are profiling a few and finding out their future plans and how they arrived at this point in their lives. Commencement was December 16, 2012.

Christopher James Carlino, Fishers, Ind.
Project Engineer for Norcon Inc. in Chicago, Ill.

Bachelor’s degree in building construction management with a concentration in residential construction; minor in organizational leadership and supervision

Job duties
I will be working directly with project managers and the subcontractors involved in the construction projects we are working on. A large amount of my time will consist of scheduling, rough estimating and overall project controls.

Purdue classes that helped Chris for his job

BCM 45500 (OSHA Certification): This course prepared me for all of the safety guidelines that I will most likely come across throughout my career. Students also have the opportunity to become 30-hour OSHA cardholders.
BCM 34500 (Project Scheduling): This course introduced me to the different terminology and programs used in scheduling a construction project. In order to have a successful project, a well-designed schedule must first be created.
BCM 17500 (Construction Methods): This course is a rough overview of a few different types of construction projects. In this course we evaluate, estimate, and actually construct several small projects all within our BCM construction lab. It is a great way for students to see the work on paper then actually feel the work with their hands.

Other ways the College of Technology and/or Purdue provided preparation and assistance
The College of Technology provided me with a vast array of networking and leadership building opportunities. The amount of BCM events, clubs and other extracurricular activities is second to none. Being the president of BCM’s honor society, Sigma Lambda Chi, taught me how to prepare for meetings, organize a large group and work properly with my superiors. Purdue University itself also provided me with a number of great opportunities to grow mentally to be better suited to represent Purdue in the business world. Being a member and captain of the Purdue University football team prepared me in every way imaginable. I learned to deal with wins/losses, difficult teammates/coaches, and everything else that has its high points and low points in the realms of competitive sports. I will forever be thankful for the opportunities that have been presented to me at Purdue University. They have helped mold me into the person I am today.

Thanks go to:

  • First I would like to thank my loved ones. My parents, sisters, grandparents, and girlfriend have all been a huge part of my college career, and I couldn’t have done it without their support.
  • I was fortunate enough to build relationships with a lot of people throughout my time at Purdue. I thank them for the influence they have had on me.
  • The final group of people I would like to thank is the entire BCM department. When incoming BCM students visit the fourth floor of Knoy Hall, Loretta Lonz tells them all that by the end of their time at Purdue they will be a part of the BCM family. When you hear that, you don’t know what it means, but as I am now a graduate and have been in the program for the last four and a half years, it has become very clear what this family really is. Students know everyone’s name, professors are more than willing to help at a moment's notice, administrators take the time to listen to anyone and everyone and administrative assistants act as BCM mothers. It’s a great program, and I will miss it dearly.
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