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Paige Taylor, a 2018 construction engineering graduate from Iowa State University, is building her career as a project manager at MMC Contractors, an MCA of Iowa Inc. member. She initially connected with MMC at a career fair hosted by her MCAA Student Chapter in 2017.
“Over the summer, I interned with the company in Des Moines and learned the service side of the business,” she said. “I returned to ISU for my senior year, then after graduation, I joined the construction department full-time.”
As a part of the construction team in Des Moines, Taylor has worn many hats, facing a different challenge every week. Her responsibilities have included the following:
“Overall, it has been a blast to get to be a contributor to the growth of the company in the Des Moines market,” she explained.
In June, Taylor will be relocating to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a new opportunity in her career with MMC Contractors.
“In an industry that is all about relationships, MCAA and the Iowa State University student chapter gave me opportunities to start building them even before my first day full-time on the job,” Taylor said.
Taylor served as the event coordinator for the chapter, organizing jobsite tours and helping coordinate their industry networking event hosted each semester. She attended the 2018 MCAA Annual Convention, where she was part of the Women in the Mechanical Industry (WiMI) kickoff event.
Taylor is still actively involved at Iowa State, where she serves as an industry mentor for the construction engineering learning community, working with a group of four to five new students each semester. She has also hosted job tours for the Iowa State Student Chapter members and attends the chapter’s “Industry Social” every year.
Taylor had the opportunity to attend the 2019 Women in the Mechanical Industry Conference in Chicago. She joined the WiMI Mentor Program in January 2020.
“I was paired with an accomplished mentor who acts as a sounding board and provides advice backed by knowledge from her time in the industry. A great resource from WiMI!” she said of the experience.
As Taylor continues her career in mechanical contracting, she offers advice to current students: “Network as much as you study. Do not be afraid to ask for what you want in your career and reach a little. Interviews are a two-way street, it’s a chance for you to get to know the company and people who drive its success.”
Contact Harlee Mooney for questions about any student activities or the new 2020 internship grants funded by the John R. Gentille Foundation.
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