Missouri State University
Lucas Hammer

Lucas Hammer

His campus visit helped him choose a major

When it comes to his major, his name says it all.

Yes, his name really is Lucas Hammer. No, he wasn’t always a construction management major — even with a last name ideal for this program!

“I came into school not knowing what I wanted to do.”

A conversation during his college search helped him eventually find his path.

“I came to Missouri State to visit, and I could just feel I was in the right place, from the campus to the people.

“My tour guide was a construction management major, so I talked to him about that and came into school thinking about it.”

Internships place dream job within reach

Lucas Hammer

“As I’m nearing the end of my college career, I see how rare and special some of these opportunities are that have been laid out in front of me."

Now, he is ready for the first step in his career: “I want to start off as a project manager for a large general construction or commercial construction company.”

He’s on the right path, since he has already completed an internship with contractor Whiting-Turner.

“For my next internship, I will be in Orlando, Fla. to work on an exhibit at Disney World.”

He’s also been to a regional construction management competition. Hammer said these amazing opportunities are all around for construction management majors.

“If you are halfway through the first semester of your sophomore year, and you don’t have an internship yet, you’re not looking hard enough!

“Between the career fairs, and the professionals we bring to Construction Club meetings, and the faculty who interact with us and tell us about jobs, there’s just so many opportunities put in front of students.”

Building integrity and confidence through volunteering

Lucas Hammer

For Hammer, giving back is a cornerstone of being in both his fraternity and his academic program. Many construction companies have core values, he said, and “if you don’t have integrity, you won’t fit with their company.”

He has painted local schools, participated in street cleanups and packaged food for Convoy of Hope. One of his favorite volunteer projects was building new dressing rooms for Sammy’s Window, which provides services to foster and adoptive families.

“Now, when kids go to Sammy’s Window to try on clothes, they have a big, nice dressing room,” Hammer said.