It typical takes 3-4 years to become a Journeyman Finisher and then having the option to become an ACI certified finisher and Technician. I did it in 6.
A little longer then most, but also during that time I became a journeymen carpenter, Certified Truck driver, Certified forklift operator, Certified Rigger, ACI Certified, and a Lead for the concrete crew, while going to school full time. I am now a Foreman running a flatwork and patching crew for the same company I started with, Jacobsen Construction.
I strongly believe that with desire, determination and asking why, one can become the best at what they do. I started not knowing the difference between a fresno and a bull float, or even how to use them. But by picking a good mentor and seizing any opportunity to take over for someone on a task like running a power trowel or rider, I learned quicker then most. I take pride in my work and give myself daily evaluations on my progress and goals so that I can make the correct changes to grow and improve my skills and knowledge of this industry. I work with a talented group of finishers that have helped in my progression.
Q: What made you want to stay in the construction industry?
Q: What’s the one thing that makes you/would make you excited about going to work everyday?
Q: How about your crew? what can you do as the foreman to create that type of environment so your crew is just as excited as you to go to work everyday?
In our crew we our constantly training and evaluating everyone. For example, we have 16 crew members and have spent time training and setting the expectations for pan stairs with safety strips. These can be tricky, but out of 16 of the crew members 12 are trained with the other 4 not to far behind. (with half the crew being apprentices) Creating a learning environment is not easy it takes planning, the right mentors, time and money. But it is worth it.
Q: What is your proudest moment of your career & why?
Hear What One of Mitchell’s Supervisors had to say about him?
Mitchell is an extremely hard worker who doesn't let anything get in his way. Through this pure dedication there are no limits to his success. Once he has a goal, he will not stop until he's able to achieve it. I've been able to watch Mitchell grow into a very talented craftsman, planner and leader. One of his biggest strengths is how good he is in training. He has a way of simplifying and explaining tasks to where everything seams simple. Then, if you somehow still don't understand, he'll get down and show you how it's done. Mitchell is also a very unique Forman who is able to admit his weakness, work on them and become an even greater asset, which is difficult to find. Mitchell is the true definition of an "Over Achiever". I have watched him juggle his family first, school, religion and a very strenuous work schedule. As an outsider looking in, I don't know how he is able to achieve this and make it look so effortless as he's doing it. He is proof that if you keep a schedule, plan ahead, make time for what's important and love what you do, you'll be successful.
– Jake Myler Concrete General Foreman