John M.
Missouri University of Science and Technology

John Mauntel joins us from Missouri University of Science and Technology as a summer/fall 2016 co-op.

Home Town

Washington, MO


Missouri University of Science and Technology




Architectural and Civil Engineering

What Activities are You Involved In?

Miner Threat Ultimate Frisbee

What Brought You to ARCO?

Everyone here is friendly. I was welcomed with open arms and big smiles. On day one, people have been coming in and asking how I like it here. My answer has always been, “It’s great!”

What is a Typical Day Like for an ARCO Co-Op?

I am almost 4 weeks in to my co-op, and I cannot say I have had a “typical day”. Every day is unique, presenting its own challenges and rewards. One day I may be on a jobsite learning how gypcrete is poured, the next I will be in the office working on a takeoff estimate for a new job. I have listened in on calls to subcontractors, and then made those same calls my own. I have reviewed and delivered plans after checking that the previous plans were built accordingly.

What is the Best Advice You Have Ever Received?

To laugh at jokes, even when they aren’t funny. Brightening someone else’s day will brighten yours too.

If You Could Give Advice to Future Co-Ops, What Would it Be?

Ask questions. Lots and lots of questions. Your superiors have tons of experience to share and are happy to teach you. All you have to do is ask.

What is On Your Bucket List?

Travelling the world, seeing Machu Picchu, and driving the Autobahn.