I originally joined Mr. Rouse's classes for the simple fact that I did not have much knowledge of the construction industry. I grew up in a neighborhood where many homes were being built and I always found the construction of the homes very interesting. Mr. Rouse's classes offered a great insight into the typical construction practices and the sequencing of a project.
I took many of Mr. Rouse's classes that covered small projects as well as construction topics. In his classes I would find an item that I would like to build, and I would then begin to draw a plan set that I could build from. The plan set was very important and served as a guide to help not only me, but Mr. Rouse as well to achieve the desired final product. The plan set also made me stop and think to make sure that the dimensions made sense and that the item could be constructed the way I had envisioned it. One of the class projects I enjoyed the most was the opportunity to build a miniature scale house. This was a great way to put what we learned into practice with understanding how structural headers work and how a house is typically framed.
I believe that Mr. Rouse's classes have helped me get to where I am today by giving me the interest to pursue a field that I find very interesting and challenging. His classes gave me a great starting point in which to build off of to further my passion and knowledge of the industry. Since taking his classes, I am a recent graduate of Iowa State University with a bachelor's degree in construction engineering, and I am currently working as a project engineer for Bush Construction Company located in Davenport, IA.