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Nick Trudel, Project Manager/Estimator at North Branch Construction

On average, it takes 22 different subcontractors to build a home: a fact either unknown or undaunting to a young Nick Trudel, who set out years ago with a $5,000 loan, bought some tools and went to work building his first house not a week later. Though born into the construction industry, the trades were …

Rick Baron, Project Manager at Al Terry Plumbing & Heating

Rick Baron is a terrible bowler. It’s important for you to know that because, by the end of this article, you’ll be asking yourself if there’s anything he can’t do. His motley inventory of accomplishments includes organizing and assisting on four separate, short-term mission trips to serve impoverished communities in the Dominican Republic, selling over …

Holley Thomas, Project Principal Quality Inspector at KBR

The sense of pride she earns by contributing to a building or a weld that holds up a 10,000-pound vessel provides Holley Thomas satisfaction in her chosen career.     Thomas became interested in welding in 2007 while earning a degree in robotics from Central Alabama Community College. She discovered that not only did she have a great talent for welding, …

Sean Ray, Director of Craft Workforce Development at Sundt Construction, Inc.

From pipefitter’s helper to Director of Craft Workforce Development, the brotherhood — those connections made with co-workers — and pride in what he does makes construction a career of choice for Sean Ray.    Ray joined the military directly out of high school and served in the United States Navy as a sonar technician. In 1994, he …

Move Up and Around in Construction

Have you ever been stuck?  Maybe you got trapped in traffic or spent way too long line at the grocery store.   Getting stuck isn’t a great feeling. You want to get somewhere else, but simply can’t seem to move.  Being stuck isn’t just a physical thing, either. You can be mentally trapped or stuck in …

Construction Careers Lead to Financial Stability

Money doesn’t buy happiness.  But a lack of money can sure cause a lot of extra stress and problems.  Reaching a stable financial situation is a priority for most people. But while it is a major goal, few are achieving it: Only 35 percent of employees in the U.S. feel satisfied with their financial situation.  Salaries that are too …

Safety Standards: What Do They Look Like in Construction?

Raise your hand if you’ve seen the life-defying, iconic photos of a construction worker sitting on a beam hundreds of feet in the air. While a thrilling and often aesthetic image, many parents would say “absolutely not” in regard to their children doing something similar. Having done everything you can to keep your child safe up to this point, …

Anyone Can Find Their Perfect Craft Profession

Some people are natural artists. They have creative minds and a desire to make something beautiful to enrich the world around us.  Others are analytical thinkers. They love math, science and all the numbers and careful planning that go into those fields.  We all have different interests, skills and aptitudes. These differences make us all …

Is a Four-Year Degree Always the Right Choice for Students?

Have you ever wondered if a four-year degree is the right educational path for your children?  In recent years, public opinion has pushed for more people to go to college. Young students are told that a bachelor’s degree or even further education is the only way to stand out and get a successful job.  As …

Not Just for Boys — Construction Offers Opportunities for Girls

It’s not your father’s industry anymore. With women succeeding in the field, from interns to owners, construction is diversifying.    As you consider the career options that are available in construction, you may think, that’s great for my son, but it wouldn’t be appropriate for my daughter, right? Nope. Women in construction are thriving and there’s definitely …


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