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POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES Lopez, Quezon College of Engineering and Technology Civil Engineering Department A NARRATIVE REPORT OF ACCOMPLISHMENT IN THE ON-THE-JOB TRAINING UNDERTAKEN AT VILLASANTA CONSTRUCTION CORPORATION Lopez, Quezon In Partial Fulfillment to the Requirements of the Course in Civil Engineering Practicum 1 (CIEN 4012) Submitted to: Engr. Rodel O. Florido Instructor-in-Charge Submitted by: Romano Angelo L. Insigne Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering A.Y. 2015-2016 Introduction As one of the 3rd year students that have undertaken the course in Civil Engineering Practicum 1, it was a very special opportunity for me to put my academic training experience into a real world application. The course has provided me the venue to further enhance and broaden my knowledge and competency as a civil engineering student and for future career objectives after graduation. As a student trainee, I have been able to take advantage of the tools and skills I have been equipped by my intensive academic formation in the university, to be competent enough in pursuing different opportunities available in the outside world. Practicum Experience My objective was to be in an on-the-job training position where I can effectively apply my critical and analytical skills from my academic training experience. I have the interest in building up my foundation regarding construction management and the applications of the engineering theories in construction. With this goal in mind, I pursued my application to be a student trainee at the Villasanta Construction Corporation. Fortunately, my application was accepted. The corporation is headed by Arch. Isidro Villasanta Jr. and most of its projects are all about building renovations, structural design, planning, development and construction. The whole practicum requires 300 hours of training which totals to 38 days for a schedule of 8 hours per day. I started my training on the 4 th of April. Sir Joel, Site Inspector gave me a brief orientation regarding the practicum and stood as our Immediate Supervisor for the whole training. Of course, he briefed me of my duties and responsibilities I have been tasked as a student trainee. I was assigned in an on-going project, a four-storey mixed-used building, owned by Mr. Joey and Cora Salita located in Brgy. Magsaysay, Lopez, Quezon. I was expected to accomplish assistance in the supervision and inspection of the said project during the whole duration of my practicum. My schedule starts at 8:00 in the morning and ends at 5:00 in the afternoon from Monday to Saturday. I was introduced personally to Mr. Salita, the owner of the building, and to Mr. Estrada, the foreman in the building construction, who also served as my supervisor in the site. My first week was personally motivating and enhancing. I was exposed to the actual processes of building construction which was one of my objectives. These include masonry works, electrical works, scaffolding and form works, steel works, and other construction processes. In my stay, I had always been an eager student who asks questions for me to learn more of the nature of the construction. I was able to make documentations of the current accomplishments of the work on the site. In my time there as a trainee, I had encountered and identified problems regarding building construction which were, according to Mr. Estrada and some of the workers, common in construction. And I was able to gather important and significant information which helped me to learn more and understand the fundamentals of the work. Of course, my academic training experience was a great help in doing my knowledgeable task. I actively participated on some construction works for additional experience like plastering, concrete mixing, steel works, etc. As part of the training, I was told that we, with my co-trainees, will be having work rotations for us to experience both field and office works. But unfortunately, the rotation was not implemented due to the amount of work in the corporation. In my disappointment to this, I asked my co-trainees to let me work in some of the CAD works that their working on thus, I will also be able to expose myself in that kind of work. In that way, I was able to work on two building plans, the Oco and the Corpuz Residence. I broadened my knowledge regarding structural plans of buildings including electrical and plumbing plans. As I seek for more learning and knowledge and as part of my curiosity as a student, I spent some of my working hours visiting the Marcos residence which is also one of the building projects in VCC located near Lopez High Comprehensive National High School. The on-going construction process was different from Salita residence so I was able to gather some ideas and information regarding steel trusses, wall boards, wiring installations, etc. And then, there was Cabrera residence which helped me build-up my foundation regarding excavation, footing, and tie beams. Then on my last week, I was able to assist in doing the payroll of the workers adding up to my few office experiences. The overall experience for me was very worthwhile. I was exposed to certain aspects of site supervision and inspection done in the Villasanta Construction Corporation. I was also able to contribute my little knowledge for the accomplishment of particular tasks. Most importantly, I had the very opportunity to interact with a group of people whom I shared my interests as an individual. I was able to improve my leadership skills, communication, and social for career growth while working with other people. Impact to the Field of Specialization The on-the-job training I had done under the Villasanta Construction Corporation served as a motivation for me to improve myself and be better as a civil engineering student and an aspiring professional engineer of the country in the near future. It contributed to my realization of the significant role of the field of my career in the national development and improvement of the country. Conclusion The practicum experience is worth the time, effort, and hard work. The short period of time that I have spent in the Villasanta Construction Corporation contributed a lot in increasing my awareness and understanding the practical application of my course. It has led me to the realization to be more eager in pursuing the bright and strong outlook of my future. My limited and ideological grounding was enriched by my practical experience from a more realistic foundation of social conditions. The experience influenced my commitment, competence and compassion as a BS Civil Engineering student who is soon to be a part of the society outside as a working professional.