When you think of construction positions and use the terms: patient, organized, intelligent and exceptional, you are most likely talking about your job site surveyor. There is no better example than this months Spotlight Tehman Taylor. A well respected professional who not only had the knowledge and experience but the motivation, dedication and determination to go out on his own and make a living doing what he loves. Thanks to Tehman for sharing his story and helping others realize that if they have a vision and the passion, anything is possible.
18 yrs. of construction experience (Res. & Comm.) From May 2005 - present 2013 Primary focus has been to provide Grid-lines, As-Builds, & Layout for different Construction companies for various projects. Last 7 yrs. all projects have been done using a Total Station and Robotic Layout.
Skills & Expertise
Construction Concrete Pre-construction construction layout Total Station
total station robotics grid-lines
If you like what you're getting ,keep doing what your doing
What made you want to get into the construction industry?
Back in 1996 I wanted to be a commercial diver and I was told if I had any kind of skills such as a carpenter, electrician or plumber it would be beneficial for me, since I had just missed the sign up date for the electrician's union and I didn't want to wait another six month's. So, I went and talked to a B.A. at the Martinez Carpenter's branch. The plan was to journey out and go to driver school, but, after talking with a commercial diver I changed my mind and stayed in the carpenter union.
What is it about concrete construction that makes you excited to wake up and go to work everyday?
In 2004 I was in a car accident, when I came back the first job I got was to help with layout, i.e. holding the dumb end of the tape , putting up batter boards and such.
Prior to getting on a layout crew I was never that excited about getting up at five in the morning to go to work. Things got really interesting once I started doing layout on my own. One of the things that happened was that the employer had brought a total station & I got fifteen minutes of verbal instructions with no manual. Since I kind of geek out on tech and gadgets I took it as a challenge. Within thirty minutes I had the basic functions understood. It also helped that the project was a simple shape ( 78'W X 1100'L )
After doing a few more layout jobs I saw the this was the future of layout , a 1 or 2 man crew doing the same work of a traditional 6 man layout crew. That's when I decided to buy my own total station in '07-08' and I bought a data collector for it and I never looked back since. (I'd like to give a shout out to Dave King and Western Engineering I couldn't have done it without out his help) and Quanti Bomani his help and knowledge helped make a big difference in my career.
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What do you consider the toughest challenge with the industry today?
The "toughest challenge", there are so many. One of the main things I see and this is with union workers. A lot don't follow the rules and allow employers to take advantage of them by not paying the proper overtime or unsafe practices. Mostly because they don't want to get fired.
Another is a lack of carpenter skills that today's journeyman should have but don't. Which is why I like to free lance layout, it gives me the opportunity to work for different types of contractor's and refine my craft, so now at this stage of the of my career I can use various types of Survey equipment and data collectors. I've meet and seen others that do a "quasi" total station layout meaning they're not fully understanding what they're doing you're just pushing the button because someone told them to or they just mimic what they've seen someone else do.
A lot of apprentice carpenters want to learn layout, but don’t know where to start or are intimidated by the machines. If you could give them some advice to help them get started what would you say to them?
Every apprenticeship center when you go through the Apprenticeship has 17 classes and a journeyman upgrade classes total station is offered in the journeyman upgrade class, if there are apprentice's what they should do is sign up for the class anyhow and show up just in case someone else doesn't show up then you can have that open spot. One more thing apprentices need to have a mentor.
I personally don't understand the concept of being intimidated by an inanimate object. I do understand that carpenters are creatures of habit and hate change especially once they find something that works, but if that was the case I'd still be doing layout with rope pullers building Egyptian pyramids. As an apprentice you should want to know the latest and greatest techniques ,tips & tricks of the trade.
As a layout carpenter you're going to make mistakes and it's just part of the trade. just the good layout carpenters make minimal mistakes learn from their mistakes and try not to make the same mistakes.
Good layout carpenters make minimal mistakes learn from their mistakes and try not to make the same mistakes
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