“My construction management degree has served as the foundation for my entire career,” says David Hetrick, executive vice president of Executive Construction, Inc. “Building on the practical applications learned in classes such as surveying, scheduling, estimating and site logistics, I have further developed these skills through real life experiences.”
The firsthand industry experience which many Purdue Polytechnic professors share in the academic environment ensures construction management students get a well-rounded education, Hetrick says. “Learning in a collaborative environment helped prepare me for activities in general contracting that require group efforts every day. Knowledge from classes such as management and construction law came into play in my career as I moved into a leadership position.”
“One final item that should not be overlooked is the substantial network of fellow Boilermakers who are always willing to contribute to each other,” Hetrick says. “Loyalty from the Black and Gold alumni is strong!”
David and Rhonda, his wife, live in Lemont, Illinois. Their children, Zachariah and Olivia, are now fourth-generation Boilermakers.