When I started my family, I began seeking full-time employment with benefits. It was then that I discovered through an advertisement, an apprenticeship opportunity with Laborers Local 1298 union. So, I decided to apply. After a few interviews, I was selected and assigned to work at Haugland Group under Grace Industries. Upon successful completion of my 4-year apprenticeship, I became a journeyman. I’m now a Foreman with Local 1298 and have proudly been on the Grace team since 2018. At Grace, I can always count on my coworkers and Project Superintendents to be available and offer their expert guidance whenever I need it.

From a young age, I had a feeling that construction was going to play a big role in my life. I’ve always been interested in hands-on work, particularly in the areas of construction and carpentry. I used to spend weekends with a friend’s father who owned a concrete pumping company. During these weekends, we would help him with laying out pipes, pumping concrete, and disassembling equipment. Those early years solidified my passion for the construction field.

To be good at what you do requires an open mind and a willingness to learn from others who have more experience. The apprenticeship program taught me a lot of these things and provided the support I needed. I learned basic construction, road grading, concrete work, as well as important math skills. Even if you have some experience in these areas, like I did, it’s a great way to learn new skills.  If you feel the same way, my advice is don’t shy away from considering a career in the trades and looking for an apprenticeship.  The Local 1298 apprenticeship program was a great way for me to get into the union.