July 17, 2017
July 14, 2017
The Sundt Training Wall will give Central Arizona College students hands-on experience in real-world situations.
An innovative partnership between Sundt and Central Arizona College (CAC) will soon begin training the next generation of construction professionals.
In conjunction with Sundt, CAC will offer five pre-employment one-year certificates and one three-year academic apprenticeship program that will lead to certifications, certificates and degrees that prepare students for workforce needs including heavy equipment operator, structural welding, pipefitting, industrial construction and concrete construction technology.
The construction industry offers excellent pay. According to buildyourcareer.com, heavy equipment operators and pipefitters nationally make almost $30 an hour and welders earn $33 per hour.
“The construction industry presents many opportunities for exciting, rewarding careers,” said Sundt Craft Workforce Development Manager Sean Ray. “There is growing demand for skilled workers in many areas. Our partnership with CAC will help develop a curriculum that meets today’s construction industry needs and standards, setting students up for successful careers.”
The courses meet National Center for Construction Education and Research standards, American Welding Society requirements and Occupational Safety and Health Administration 30-hour requirements. Students who complete the Associate of Applied Science can pursue a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Industrial Technology Management at Northern Arizona University or a related degree at universities throughout Arizona.
Programs matching the public and private sectors are important. The Associated General Contractors reported that 73 percent of construction companies surveyed expect to have trouble finding qualified help this year even as the industry’s needs are increasing.
To mark the partnership, the College on July 13 dedicated the Sundt Training Wall, which was built by two of our craft workers. The wall will provide real-life construction situations for CAC’s Welding Department students.
“The concrete training wall provides great possibilities,” said CAC Welding Professor Brent Couch. “Our AutoCAD students will be able to create fabrication, structural and construction drawings for creating structural connections. So many of our students are visual learners and this wall will allow them to visualize their work while replicating construction conditions.”
July 12, 2017
Sundt Craft Recruiter Lou Mantrom.
Sundt Craft Recruiter Lou Mantrom has been part of the construction industry for 17 years, working in the human resources and recruiting fields. He has worked from coast to coast, including Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina and Texas.
All of his experience has been in industrial construction.
What interested you about working for Sundt?
The opportunity to work for a smaller construction company that’s employee-owned, to work with (Sundt Industrial Group Operations Manager) Ken Dean again and to return to Arizona.
What are craft workers looking for in an employer?
An employer that will keep them working, treat them with dignity and respect and show appreciation for their efforts and sacrifices. The traveling craft workforce is traveling to make a living. They’ll stick around a lot longer if you don’t treat them like numbers or herds of cattle. Money will get them here; genuinely caring for and about them will keep them here.
Skilled craft workers are in high demand these days. How challenging is it to find good craft workers?
With the labor crunch we’re experiencing, the loss of experience as the Baby Boomers retire and the disproportionate number of new people entering the craft workforce, finding qualified craft workers is more challenging now than it has ever been.
What are the best ways for craft workers to get in touch with you to discuss job openings?
First, check the Sundt careers page. That’s the most accurate and up to date information on openings. If we have openings, they’ll be posted there. I can be reached at 480-293-3258 or via Facebook as HR Lou.
July 11, 2017
Sundt’s GO 10 project involves improvements to Interstate 10 in El Paso.
A U.S. Census Study last year showed Texas is the fastest-growing state in the country, adding an average of 1,183 residents each day. The need to keep up with infrastructure demand has the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) managing and providing more than $7 billion a year in transportation projects.
Sundt is performing one of those projects, GO 10 on the west side of El Paso. It extends 5.75 miles of Interstate 10 and includes construction of collector-distributor lanes through the corridor, improvement of I-10’s direct connection with Paisano Drive/Border West Expressway, addition of lanes to the interstate in both directions and reconfiguration of ramps and overpasses at three exits.
The project team is working at the most complex portions of the job on the project’s critical path. This work is key to meeting the goal of completing the project in December 2018, six months ahead of schedule.
“Each of these critical locations represents all of our trades simultaneously erecting bridge interchanges, installing retaining walls, connecting underground utilities and performing roadway grading operations,” Project Director Jason Esparza said.
The project team plans on resuming concrete paving by the end of July in an effort to finish nearly 40,000 square yards of the new collector-distributor lanes. Work is also being installed by subcontractors, including electrical infrastructure, asphalt pavement and steel girders.
The team set the stage for success by performing value engineering during the construction phase on the concrete paving. Substituting 9-inch pavement and eliminating 12-inch pavement on the widening of the I-10 main lanes created significant savings for TxDOT and us. The team also helped prioritize right-of-way acquisitions to open more work earlier for our crews.
“This approach allowed us to work in areas ahead of schedule,” Jason said.
July 7, 2017
Jennifer has undergone two double-lung transplants while living at the Ronald McDonald House in Tucson.
Jennifer is 19 and was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at 6 months old. Her condition, a life-threatening disorder that damages the lungs and digestive system, has caused her to undergo two double-lung transplants.
“She was doing better and hoping to start college but her lungs failed again,” Ronald McDonald House Tucson Chapter President & CEO Kate Jensen said of what brought about Jennifer’s second transplant.
Thanks to support from organizations such as the Sundt Foundation, which made a $2,500 grant to the Ronald McDonald House last year, Jennifer’s situation is getting better. The House used some of the money to help Jennifer’s father, who was driving back and forth to Tucson from the family home in Yuma, fix the air conditioning in his car.
Jennifer’s mother has been staying at the Ronald McDonald House with her daughter. Since officials at the Tucson Ronald McDonald House started keeping records in 2006, Jennifer has stayed there for 639 nights. Her longest stretch was 151 nights.
“She has literally grown up here,” Kate said.
The Ronald McDonald House also used the grant from Sundt to help a family after a bad car accident. Their car was totaled on a planned trip from California to Texas, their sons were taken to Banner-Diamond Children’s Medical Center and the mother and father hitched a ride to Tucson from someone they had never met.
Once they arrived in Tucson, they had little more than the clothing on their backs.
“We keep supplies of toothbrushes, soap and shampoo,” Kate said. “We used some of the money to help them buy clothes. Having that emergency fund available helps us meet families’ needs in ways we normally couldn’t.”
More of the Sundt Foundation grant was used to assist a high-school senior from Douglas, Arizona who had a premature baby. While the baby was hospitalized, the young woman stayed at the Ronald McDonald House to finish her senior year at Douglas High School. She was even asked to be the inspirational speaker at graduation this spring.
“We used the emergency fund to buy her a new dress for graduation,” Kate said.
Ronald McDonald House Charities provides resources and care to children and their families being served by leading hospitals worldwide. The Sundt Foundation is funded by employee-owner contributions that are matched by the company. Its mission is to assist underserved children and adults in the places we do business. Since it was formed in 1999, the foundation has made almost $8 million in grants.
Sundt Estimator Vijetha Shetty.
Sundt Estimator Vijetha Shetty is a native of India, born in Anand, a small city in the western part of the country. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from Gujarat Technological University and received her Masters in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas, graduating with a 4.0 GPA.
She is interested in trenchless technologies and the pipeline industry. She has volunteered for the American Society of Construction Engineers Pipeline Conferences since starting work on her masters in January 2015.
What made you want to work for Sundt?
I was working as a Design Engineer with an engineering firm before joining Sundt. We collaborated with Sundt many times so I had an idea of Sundt’s reputation. I interviewed with Sundt on a Friday for the position of Estimator and the process was so quick that I was offered the job with an official offer letter the following Tuesday, which was really impressive. I met the whole team in Tempe and they were very welcoming and super friendly.
How do you spend a typical work day?
Lately, I am working on a project so we have a daily meeting early in the morning. I usually like to organize myself with the priority of work that I have to complete throughout the day and perform as needed. I usually like to complete my work and ask if anybody needs my help so that I can learn new things.
Where would you like your career to be in 10 years?
I would like to be in a successful managerial position.
Where’s your favorite place to travel?
I like going to theme parks. Sometimes, I just want to visit a pleasant place and read a book by the lake.
Do you have a hidden talent?
I do not have a hidden talent. I am just interested in playing badminton and doing crafts when I am free. I also like to volunteer in various places.