In a world where the construction industry is constantly evolving, having the right education and experience can make all the difference.
Missouri State University senior Joshua Scheuermann has not only embraced the opportunity to learn, but also actively engaged in construction-related activities to set himself on a path to success.
From Webb City, Missouri, Scheuermann’s exposure to the construction industry started at a young age.
“The main reason I picked this field was because of a great family history of working in construction,” Scheuermann said. “My father and both grandfathers were active in the field and encouraged me to look into it because it’s a fascinating field that offers stability of work and amazing project and earning opportunities.”
A journey of involvement
From his first year of pursuing a Bachelor of Construction Management at MSU, Scheuermann dove headfirst into the world of construction.
His journey included active participation in the Construction Club, the Associated Schools of Construction competition and the Mechanical Contractors Association of America competition. These experiences allowed Scheuermann to represent MSU on a national level and gain practical insights into the industry.
Scheuermann’s dedication and leadership qualities shone through as he took on the role of president for the construction honor society, Sigma Lambda Chi.
Lean and effective education
One of his favorite aspects of MSU’s construction management program is that it is “an incredibly lean system with zero fat.”
“The professors are from industry and they’re constantly communicating with those still in the industry,” Scheuermann said.
The faculty’s industry experience and active engagement with professionals ensure students learn precisely what they need for success in the field.
Scheuermann believes this focused approach gives him a competitive advantage over peers from other universities, many of whom find themselves lacking essential skills upon entering the workforce.
A job in hand
When he graduates this December, Scheuermann will take his passion for construction to new heights.
He has secured a position as a field engineer with Hensel Phelps in Honolulu, Hawaii. Scheuermann’s journey with the company began through connections with both a professor and an alumnus, which gave him the invaluable opportunity to work with the company in Guam and Hawaii during his studies.