Q: What is your job title here at Berg Construction? What are your main responsibilities?
A: I’m an operator and laborer, and I’ve been working at Berg since October of 2019. On a typical day, I’m moving dirt, checking grade, or whatever else the crew needs from me.
Q: What are the biggest challenges of your position?
A: Unforeseen problems that turn up on a job. For instance, if there’s pipe that was not marked out, that could potentially cause a break and create more work in the future.
Q: How did you get into the construction industry?
A: I decided not to go to college. I wanted a more hands-on experience, so I sought out a job where I could do more of that. I knew a guy who worked in concrete and he told me I should give construction a try. Now, I’m in the industry and not looking to get out of it!
Q: What was your education and career background before joining Berg?
A: I graduated from Owen J. Roberts High School in 2017. After that, I did carpentry for a little bit, but it had no benefits and the pay wasn’t that great. From then on, my career has all been in construction. I spent two years working for a paving contractor operating machinery and finishing concrete before I started working for Berg.
Q: What do you enjoy about your job?
A: I like being able to turn nothing into something. I enjoy being able to see a job grow from the ground up. I also love operating equipment, learning how jobs work, and learning how the planning process works.
Q: What makes Berg such a great place to work?
A: Berg gives you opportunities to prove yourself and grow within the company. This is a smaller company, so you get more of a personal feel with them. Everybody knows you by your first name, and you’re not just a number on the roster.
Q: How do you think our industry can do a better job of recruiting young people?
A: The construction industry needs to give younger people a chance to prove their skills and teach them how to do more things. That’s the only way people can keep growing.
Q: Is there anyone in your life that you consider to be a mentor?
A: My dad. He does small engine repair, so even though he’s not in the construction industry, he’s still in the trades. He brought me up to be who I am today and he has taught me many valuable lessons. He showed me how to be a man and to take responsibility for my actions.
Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
A: I mostly just go fishing and hunting. I like to hunt waterfowl, and medium and big game.