Construction learning pays. Any decent tradesperson collects tools
over time, to get the job done better. Technical knowledge and
people skills are simply a different type of tool. Leaders on the job
site need tools to plan, communicate, solve technical
problems, and act prior to the feces hitting the
Many of us in this business love to build things. We enjoy the satisfaction that comes from building, from seeing our work become schools, factories, cathedrals. We challenge the stereotype that construction workers are big and stupid and construction foreman are loud and uncouth. Of course, there’s some truth to that stereotype. But mostly construction work consists of thousands of technical challenges. We must creatively solve these challenges to successfully complete a building project. We need both technical and management skills.
Construction knowledge, tricks of the trade, rules of thumb and Superintendent’s checklists can greatly aid you to build more efficiently, economically, safely and faster. There’s value for everyone when we learn more and perform better.
Learning Leads to Advancement goes beyond promotions and pay raises and includes gaining independence, competency, the ability to reach one’s own potential and to help others reach theirs. Move up the ranks or out the door to start your own firm. US President Theodore Roosevelt said, "Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing."
Remember the old story about the visitor to a construction site, asking several bricklayers what they were doing. The first responded, “I’m laying brick.” The second said, “I’m working on this wall.” While the third stated, “I’m building a cathedral.”
I developed this website to help people learn and advance…to build their cathedrals well. Please look around the site. Check out my ConstructionKnowledge Blog every couple of days to see what's new. Use us as your online resource for construction knowledge. I look forward to the interaction.
Ned Pelger, P.E.