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Building up the work force

image Kristi Wagner, left, is now project administrator for Karl Wendt, right, at Wendt Electrical.

SOUTH TEXAS – The Associated Builders and Contractors Texas Mid Coast Chapter (ABC) has been focusing on workforce development by speaking at the area schools about construction careers and what the construction industry has to offer, whether obtaining a college degree or learning a trade.

    The staff has been attending and setting up booths at career fairs in order to educate people about ABC, obtain students for safety training, offer construction scholarships and apprenticeships and gather resumes for employment at member companies.  The staff spoke with some very talented and professional people in the construction industry who are jobless and willing to work.  Many are veterans and college educated. 
    Job seekers had experience in heavy equipment operator, project coordinator, estimator with budget and analysis experience, accounting and bookkeeping, industrial and construction technology, engineering design, road construction, industrial painting, CAD design (degree in architectural, drafting & design technology), HVAC certified, Journeyman pipefitter, Journeyman electrician, human resources, business development with law experience, certified scaffold builder, engineering in instrumentation & electrical technology, civil engineer, metal erection, welding, safety inspector, banking, sales, commercial sales and purchasing of electrical, plumbing and HVAC materials, Formosa approved to work in the plant, nccer certifications and TWIC certifications.
     One of the chapter members, Wendt Electrical Services Inc., recently took advantage of the gathered resumes and offered a job to Kristi Wagner as their project administrator. Congratulations Wendt Electrical and Kristi! –cw

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