JoEllen Smith, an estimator here at MCL Construction joined the company a little over a year ago as an intern and connected with the company’s Core Values: Passionate, Dedicated, and Thorough. She sees this value system on display every day with MCL Construction employees. For JoEllen, it all starts with passion.
“We want people leaving our building thinking, wow! MCL is a great company and they do quality work, and without passion, you can’t really leave a project with those feelings.”
As an estimator, JoEllen creates deliverables to win projects, which in turn creates work for our employees in the field.
“The key to being a good estimator is not to be the lowest-priced, but to be the most thorough and most knowledgeable about each company’s needs,” explained JoEllen.
When asked if her internship at MCL Construction helped with her career, she was quick to answer.
“Yes! It was a huge learning curve for me, I was learning every day, and there are going to be new things to learn going forward, but it set me up for success.”
JoEllen believes that the culture here at MCL Construction is like no other. One of her favorite things about MCL when she first started working was being able to get to know the team having that feeling of a family, not just a workplace.
Throughout high school, JoEllen took many classes which helped spark an interest in engineering, but it wasn’t until college when she specifically became interested in construction engineering. It was a mentor at UNL that nudged JoEllen into construction. She now sees this opportunity as a chance to have a positive impact on how buildings operate.
Looking into the future, JoEllen is excited to see not only how Omaha will expand, but how MCL Construction will grow with it. She advises to anyone interested in joining MCL Construction to be able to meet the core values of: Passionate, Dedicated, and Thorough, and to not just want to be a “cog in the system,” but instead want to stand out and create something great.