Barriere 24th Internship Program Closes Out 17 Strong

On Friday, August 6, Barriere’s 24th Internship Program came to an end at the company’s Training Center in Boutte after 14 of the 17 Interns presented 12 summer projects to management, including President/CEO Peter Wilson.

Olaitan Akintimehin and Anna Poole, both Interns who sat on the Safety Committee during the summer, presented on safety as did Donald Roberts. Donald developed a tool to support hired law enforcement in working with Barriere to create safe work zones for all. Olaitan produced and deployed a training video to more effectively engage New Hires during orientation. Anna reported root cause analysis results and recommended ways to better prevent safety incidents by optimizing the use of existing Barriere communication tools.

Matthew Christy, Camille DiCarlo, Jackson Gassen, Bradley Gray, and Nicholas Harris also found ways to optimize the use of existing Barriere communication tools, mainly through process improvements that strengthen information sharing and the integrity of data. The work of Matthew, Bradley and Nicholas was geared towards real-time field input and accurate reporting while Jackson tackled inventory efficiencies. Camille covered equipment utilization so well that key users are already trained up on the system she developed!

William Perilloux and Collin Craddock evaluated, and recommended new tools to, respectively, improve subcontractor communication between Barriere and its clients and enhance field efficiency and safety.

Victoria Cogan, Parker LeBlanc, and Nicholas Panks researched trucking field practices all summer. Nicholas proposed a new compensation structure to incentivize increased productivity. Victoria and Parker teamed up to present their recommendations for cost savings through process improvements.

Mason Rader was assigned to a major industrial project in St. Rose for most of the summer where he holistically reviewed and addressed jobsite efficiency, which was the theme of his presentation.

Abbie Dirks, Caroline Panepinto, and Lawson Shaw submitted their presentations before the final program, which they could not attend.

We are proud of our 2021 Interns and their contributions to Barriere’s continuous improvement!

In addition to working on their projects and presentations all summer, the 2021 Interns:

  • Participated in a two-day orientation and training
  • Toured Barriere’s three asphalt plants
  • Spent a day on site with leadership of each of Barriere’s four operating groups
  • Volunteered with Second Harvest Food Bank

Many thanks to all of the 2021 Intern supervisors who dedicated their time and energy to making this summer’s Program a success for all: 

  • Ricky Quigley, Asphalt Operations Manager
  • Ray Duffel, General Asphalt Plants Superintendent
  • Josh Munna, Resource Optimization Center Manager
  • Les Mays, Safety Manager
  • Jerome Bettinelli, Senior Project Manager
  • Ryan Kaufman, Project Manager/Estimator
  • Jacob Macheca, Project Manager/Estimator
  • Michael Rebstock, Project Manager/Estimator
  • Justin Taylor, Project Manager/Estimator
  • Christian Valeton, Project Manager/Estimator
  • Brent Neal, Project Manager


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