CIM Graduates

CIM Graduate

Robert Hostettler

School: California State University - Chico

Graduation Date: May 2011

Employer: Triangle Rock Products

“After graduation the transition from academia to the real world comes immediately and abruptly. Regardless of which sector of industry you choose, prepare your body and your mind to be at work early and to leave late more often than not.”

What school did you graduate from and in which year?

I graduated from the CIM program at California State University – Chico in May of 2011.

What is your current position and responsibilities at Triangle Rock Products?

I am currently the plant supervisor for Triangle Rock Products (Vulcan Materials Company) Sacramento Aggregates plant.

Why did you choose this position and this company?

I grew up with a ready-mix background – my father has worked for A&A Concrete Supply since I was young – and after graduation I wanted to see what else was out there besides ready-mix. I applied for an intern position with Vulcan my junior year and was hired on the week before graduation. I was hired by Vulcan as an operations trainee. After completing a three month internship and two year trainee program in Oroville, I was moved to our Sacramento plant and promoted to plant supervisor.

How has the CIM program prepared you for your current job responsibilities?

A large portion of my time in the CIM program at Chico State was spent working with and learning from industry leaders both local and abroad. During my four years in the program, I met many individuals from different sectors of our industry – some of whom I currently work with today. Having the opportunity to learn from the people who are leading our industry into the future was priceless. The experience was more than simply making contacts and collecting business cards – it was learning about the business, and what you need to know from the people who are leading the industry.

Why did you choose the CIM program?

I grew up in a concrete family, so when the CIM program started being offered at my local university, it was a no brainer!

What advice would you give to current CIM students?

If you are a student in the CIM program at Chico State there are a few things you need to know which will make your four years the most beneficial years of your life. Pay attention to all guest lecturers, professors, and faculty as these people have been strategically chosen to help YOU graduate with a base knowledge and work ethic that will make you extremely marketable to potential employers. Take full advantage of the required internship course. Your three month internship will by far be the most beneficial way for you to meet industry contacts, learn a specific business line in the concrete industry, and also a great way to find out your skills and your shortfalls. Be prepared to work! After graduation the transition from academia to the real world comes immediately and abruptly. Regardless of which sector of industry you choose, prepare your body and your mind to be at work early and to leave late more often than not.