What Does An Engineering Intern Do For You?

July 27, 2015 by Russell Yeager

At BIG RED DOG Engineering, our collaborative work environment helps to foster office productivity.  Our employees are better connected, are able to maintain lines of communication, and as a result are able to streamline their work, all to your benefit as the client. Ultimately, this integrated network makes each position an essential part of the BIG RED DOG team.

From our interns to civil designers, each person provides a valuable service to achieving your project goals.  In order to give you, our client, a better understanding of how we do things, we have developed this blog series that will explain what each position does for you. That way, you’ll better understand how BIG RED DOG is able to successfully accomplish a client’s goals from inception to execution.

In other business environments, interns are usually given menial tasks that may not directly assist with client goals. However, at BIG RED DOG, we incorporate our engineering interns in every aspect of our daily operations. Like any other employee, they regularly interact with other team members to seek guidance and verify progress.


Before a project can reach the construction phase, a number of applications must be filed to ensure that your vision can be met. Most forms and applications focus on preparing the site for construction and usability once it has been completed. One of the many applications our interns handle are the plat applications that help to represent a tract of land and its divisions into different parcels.  They will prepare and hand deliver each application.  This may also include administrative documents for a change of zoning through a Zoning Application or request an alternative method of construction through a Code Modification Request (CMR). Whatever your goals, our interns know how to apply and receive the necessary approvals to get your project off the ground.

Our interns also assist in scheduling on-site meetings with different services to determine if there are issues that need to be resolved, including but not limited to, CPS Energy removing telephone poles and determining the location of new ones. These meetings help to assess the integrity of public infrastructure, primarily manholes as well as sewer and water lines.


Interns also help to perform due diligence and data collection of the site, including zoning, County, and COSA data. Also dependent on your goals, our interns are equipped with targeted software, that allows them to perform preliminary calculations in regards to site planning and due diligence. In fact, our interns are responsible for performing EDU calculations and prepare administrative documents for the local utility companies.

Our engineering interns work in concert with everyone at BIG RED DOG to make sure that the foundation of each project is strong and firmly established. Their assistance helps to propel the team forward and get your project moving in the right direction.  Our interns are an integral part of each design team and are constantly learning from our project engineers and project managers.

Interested in learning more about how we work at BIG RED DOG? Don’t hesitate to contact us to see how we can put our experience to work for you!


Written by Russell Yeager

Russell Yeager

As Market Director for our Commercial Services practice, Russell Yeager is responsible for managing our Raving Fans and prospective clients, overseeing the performance of our project design teams, steering our brand marketing strategy, and spearheading our community outreach and volunteer efforts. Russell is a proud University of Texas graduate – Hook ‘Em! He and his wife Jordan live in Northwest San Antonio.