Get to Know Sales Engineer Intern Sam Creamer

Sam is currently a sales engineer intern in the Special Projects Group (SPG) and is a part of our B.L.U.E summer experience in Spokane, Washington. Sam is studying for his Bachelor of Science in Construction Management at Eastern Washington University. Throughout the summer, Sam has been assisting in building proposals and estimates for potential projects. In the Q&A below, learn more about Sam and his work at McKinstry!

Learn More About Sam’s Experience

What is your background?

I grew up in North Bend, WA and am currently a senior at Eastern Washington University majoring in Construction Management. Growing up in a somewhat rural town, most of my time was spent outdoors hiking and fishing which are both hobbies I have kept with me here while attending college. I am looking forward to graduating with my bachelor’s degree at the end of this year. I was fortunate enough to find McKinstry through a current full-time employee who shared with me the awesome company culture and background of the business. 

What does your team do at McKinstry?

I am currently working as a sales engineer intern in the SPG group of Spokane, WA. The focus of the SPG group is to enhance existing building’s mechanical systems to increase efficiency. My role in the SPG sales team is to assist in building estimates and proposals for potential projects. This also includes contacting vendors and subcontractors to get an accurate price on equipment and services.

What are some projects you have been working on this summer?

I have been involved in the estimating process for several projects this summer including a food court remodel in Spokane, and a fire station renovation. I have enjoyed being able to see the “behind the scenes” of various buildings and how they operate through the estimating process. 

How has your internship shaped your educational and career goals?

My first internship at McKinstry was as a project engineer intern where I learned about the operations management component of the construction industry. Comparatively, my current role as a sales engineer has shown me a different side of the business. Not only am I able to work in a more customer facing role but, with the knowledge gained last summer, I have been able to apply operations management processes to help me engage in the estimation process. I have focused more on value-add activities to ensure there is limited wasted time while working in the sales engineering area similar to the focus of a project management forward role. Having worked in multiple facets of the company has narrowed down my focus for my future learning opportunities as I would like to pursue a more sales focused role after my experiences this summer.  Furthermore, working at McKinstry has given me the experience of what it’s like to work for a company that truly puts their people first and I hope to continue with McKinstry on my journey of growing and learning throughout my career. 

What excites you most about McKinstry’s mission?

In a world filled with wasted material, time, and money, it is refreshing to see a construction company focused on doing the opposite. I am proud to be a part of a team that focuses on the efficiencies and technology that improves the external environment of not only the world around us but the internal environment of the buildings we work on. It shows thoughtfulness not only in the construction process, but towards the people that work in every building we have the opportunity to improve. We continue to be a leader of change in all facets of the construction industry which I am excited to not only witness but learn to contribute to as well. I know that with McKinstry’s focus on their own employees, I will be able to build my own McKinstry family who will help me learn from mistakes, guide me in both my life and career, as well as support my fresh curiosity as I enter the post college world. 

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