Born and raised in Colorado, Construction Management graduating senior, Eryn Dominguez grew up in Wheat Ridge, just west of Denver. She has one brother and is the first in her family to attend Colorado State University, as both parents attended Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado.
Following Dad’s advice
When Dominguez was unsure of what she wanted to study, her father suggested the construction management program at CSU. She describes her father as a “very hands-on worker.” So, following his suggestion to enter the CM program, she found a passion for the industry as she learned more about construction management.
“I remember being a freshman in the program,” said Dominguez, “and being required to attend the CM career fair. This was absolutely terrifying as a freshman! But I’m glad the program encouraged this from the very beginning; because each time I went back, different industry members recognized me and provided great resources and connections to help me succeed in this field.”
Serving as the treasurer of the student chapter of the Design Build Institute of America club for three years, as well as completing the CM Cares service-learning course, helped Dominguez be actively involved. She noted that these two things were by far the most impactful for her. She also held summer internships with Adolfson and Peterson Construction for three summers.
Internship to career path
While interning with Adolfson and Peterson, Dominguez was allowed to be in the field to work on the skills she wanted to refine. She performed stormwater inspections, safety inspections, QAQC inspections, coordinated with subcontractors, and managed the punch list. She was also able to work through the school year on different projects and participate in closeout procedures for several different projects in Northern Colorado.
Dominguez is grateful that she received a job offer from Adolfson and Peterson, starting full-time in June 2022. Her immediate plans after graduation are to start working full-time on the Roosevelt High School Project in Johnstown, Colorado, as a project field engineer. Long-term, she hopes to take the superintendent route and become “the best female superintendent I can be.”
The construction management program earned high praise from Dominguez. She said, “Course content is, of course, relevant to what students will be doing in the industry, but this program’s wealth is really in the vast options of extracurricular activities that are related to construction, such as clubs, internships, and networking events. Those were the highlight of my career here at CSU.”