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Careers in the Trades

Date: Sep 30, 2022 12:31:25 PM | Author: Molly Haack

As a senior in high school, Austin Ferch started an evening and weekend position with C.D. Smith Construction as a laborer. "I worked as a mason tender, mixing concrete, stacking brick, hauling, cleaning, sweeping and any other job assigned. The variety of tasks exposed me to different trades and the vast amount of skilled labor needed to complete a building project," he recalls.

C.D. Smith Construction Carpenter Apprentice Austin Ferch working at UW-Madison Sellery Hall

The camaraderie among the laborers, apprentice workers, journeymen and associated trade workers is cohesive and positive on C.D. Smith jobsites.

"I knew construction was a good fit for me and I wanted to earn more and learn more. My work ethic is to show up early and work hard. Do a job well, take constructive feedback and incorporate it into my learning." - Austin Ferch, Carpenter Apprentice, C.D. Smith Construction

"Because of his efforts and capabilities, Austin was offered a carpenter apprenticeship in 2020. He has worked on multi-family housing units, manufacturing facilities, elementary schools and mixed-use and industrial ventures," says Aaron Westhuis, Director of Field Operations for C.D. Smith Construction.

C.D. Smith Construction Director of Field Operations Aaron Westhuis at Fond du Lac Corporate Office

"My advice to someone interested in the construction trades is to be open to what is available," Aaron continues. "There are many aspects and careers to consider. Get on a jobsite and experience it. You will soon see there is not one set way or plan, and even 'the best-laid plans' may need to be adjusted. You need to pivot and be innovative. Everyone has something to bring to the job. No two project managers or superintendents are the same. Work hard. Set yourself apart with your skills and talents and most of all have a 'get it done right' attitude."

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