Making major milestones

July 16, 2019 |


“I think I’ll know that number for the rest of my life,” said Kiewit Superintendent Christine Jobe.

Kiewit precast 5,238 segments for the Farrington and Kamehameha Guideways in Hawaii. Jobe was in the yard for more than 4,000 of them. Casting the last one was cause for celebration.

“It was a huge milestone and something that everyone in the yard had been working toward for years,” she said. “It was just awesome.”

It’s not the only time Jobe has been part of a Kiewit team doing impressive things.

On her current project, crews stressed and grouted the longest tendons in the world. It’s part of the effort to build rail on a floating bridge for the first time ever.

To make big milestones possible and deliver extraordinary projects, you’ve got to execute the basics. Early in her Kiewit career, Jobe learned how to read drawings, do quantities and claiming and “all the things that engineers do on a daily and weekly basis” while working alongside “good mentors that were great at training younger people like me.”

Today, as a superintendent, Jobe is managing crews. She spends a majority of most days out in the field, making sure everyone has what they need to do their jobs safely and successfully, and planning for the next activities ahead. She’s still learning, too, which is one of the things she loves about working in construction and engineering.

“The industry is always changing and adapting and you’re always finding ways to be innovative,” she said. “There’s never a day where you’re like ‘Man. I was so bored. I didn’t have to think about anything.’ You’re always having to look ahead and face the next challenge, which I really like.”

Focused on growing in her current role, Jobe soaks up as much as she can from the Kiewit co-workers and crews around her.

“Both projects that I’ve been on I’ve worked with people who are more knowledgeable than me,” she said. “The things that they know or the things that they think of are so outside the box. But we make those ideas work and work very well to make us safe and productive. We work with awesome people at Kiewit.”

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