How would you describe your job?
I primarily estimate for our steel fab division. But when needed, I will also do some PE and PM work as it relates to steel fabrication.
What is your favorite part about your job?
I enjoy the people I work with and how we all work together to help make our division grow and be successful. I also like being on the front end of potential opportunities. This goes along with getting to know the projects at a detailed level and being able to talk about the job with clients at post bids, or with the project team if awarded.
When I was a kid, we would go to Chicago frequently. Whether we drove or took the train, I was always interested in seeing all the buildings and infrastructure that had been built to make the city work. I remember thinking it would be neat to be a part of building something that lasted for a long time, and I think that is what got me interested in the construction industry
How would you describe CCC to someone outside the company?
Great culture, very motivated to grow and improve, always looking to recognize and reward good work
What’s your best memory of working here?
I have a lot of good ones, but I think the best so far was the fab shop move from Auburn Hills to Orion. That was an exciting time for our division with the acquisition of a new building, new equipment, and some changes in leadership. To go from being a part of the discussion during my interviews, to actually happening was really special to see.
What does your typical workday look like?
A lot of my day is spent doing steel takeoffs, familiarizing myself with the aspects/details of the job, and finalizing pricing for new estimates and change orders on existing jobs. There are also a lot of conversations with our subs, suppliers, and potential clients to make sure we are all in agreement with the scope we are quoting,
What projects have you worked on that you find particularly interesting?
The Ford Michigan Central Train Station was the most challenging and interesting to quote. I think it is very unique to fully restore a building that size at one time. There were so many unidentified steel members in the details that it was like a “Where’s Waldo” to quote. At the post bid meeting it was very apparent that the client was fully dedicated and willing to go to whatever means to bring that building back to what it once was and all the history associated. I think everyone involved with that job will be proud to have been a part of it for years to come.
What skills are most valuable for this position?
Patience, diligence, detail oriented, have good time management skills, and be a good communicator.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I really enjoy being outdoors and being active – biking, hiking, swimming, sports (any), and hopefully someday boating. I have been able to do some pretty great outdoor adventures that are both challenging and rewarding and I hope to have more of those experiences when my kids get older. I also enjoy travel and new experiences, either here locally, across the country, or overseas. But right now I have little kids, so I watch and do a lot of little kid stuff
Do you feel safe, valued, and heard in your role/with the company?
When I started working here, I think CCC gave me a lot of support, patience, and also freedom to grow into my role. I think our leadership team puts a lot of effort into keeping up with how the company is running and how the employees feel when working here. I think they are also thoughtful but diligent with how they resolve issues that are detrimental to the company. All these have given me trust as an employee in how CCC is run.