April 25, 2019
December 7, 2018
National Welding Month is an opportunity to highlight the impact welding has on our daily lives. Through mentorship, education, and recognition, Sundt is working to promote an industry that needs more skilled tradesmen and women and offers rewarding careers. This month, we caught up with Craft Training Instructor Josué Ponce to get his perspective on building a strong welding workforce.
Why is welding an important skill in our society? If you look around at everything you touch or see, it was either welded or made by a machine that had to be welded. Welding is used to produce the cars we drive, the bridges and roads we drive on, the buildings we work in, and the homes where we live.
What’s the demand like for welders in our current economy, both nationally and locally? The American Welding Society is projecting that the shortage of skilled welders could be as high as 450,000 welders by 2022. The state of Arizona has an estimated shortage of around 2,000 welders. So, there’s definitely a high demand.
What is Sundt doing as a company to build its welding workforce? Sundt has partnered up with Central Arizona College to help curb the skills gap and craft shortage we’re facing as a nation. The students enrolled in this program are gaining a wealth of knowledge that will help them in their career. Currently there is 100% job placement after they graduate with a certificate or associate’s degree. If they choose to work for Sundt, we offer a bonus after 30 days of employment. Within Sundt we have various training opportunities going on, as well as a new Pipefitting Apprenticeship we are planning to start this summer.
Josué teaching welding students at Central Arizona College
What’s your role within that process? I work as a Craft Training Instructor where my primary focus is teaching Pipefitting/Welding and Front-Line Supervisor classes. Last year, we had our first after-hours Pipefitter class. It was a huge success. In my afternoons, I work at Central Arizona College with the Sundt/CAC program as an Adjunct Welding Professor. I currently have a Pipefitting/Welding class with eleven awesome students who, I’m hoping, will be future employee-owners of Sundt.
What would you say to young people looking to start in this field, or to others who are looking to make a career change? My message to them would be: Never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. Welding can be tough at times and very challenging, but the reward is great, and you’re getting into a career that’s going to last you a lifetime. With great work ethic will come great reward.
August 30, 2018
Sundt and Central Arizona College (CAC) recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the 142-by-92-foot concrete pad Sundt donated earlier this year, which will expand training for students in CAC’s Construction and Concrete Technology programs. In 2017, Sundt and CAC formed a workforce development partnership, in which Sundt staff donate their time as adjunct instructors and funds are donated to purchase supplies for the program.
In honor of the celebration, students from CAC’s welding program built a new sign, surprising our Craft Workforce Development staff with it when they arrived on campus. Also in attendance (left of sign) were CAC President Dr. Jacquelyn Elliott and Sundt Chief Administrative Officer Dan Haag (far right), who both spoke to the crowd.
The partnership between Sundt and CAC continues to expand. Sundt brought on an Industrial Carpentry Instructor and now has three adjunct instructors at CAC. The college furnishes an on-site lab and instruction space and has hired an additional professor and a full-time recruiter. Since the start of the program, Sundt has donated the concrete pad, as well as a pipe wall, industrial concrete tools, GPS system, backpacks and hard hats. Activities are planned to continue alongside the development of the CAC training area. These include opportunities for real-world experience outside the college environment, such as visits to jobsites, vendor training facilities, and the Sundt Center for Craft Excellence, as well as participation in community outreach programs.
During the ceremony, the program’s training equipment and tools were placed on display across the concrete pad.
James Busch, CAC Skilled Trades and Technology Division Chair and Professor of Diesel Technology and Heavy Equipment Operation, said, “We’re very grateful for the support Sundt has provided and continues to provide. The advancements being made within our programs and division are possible because of this strong workforce partnership.” During the 2017-2018 academic year, 178 students enrolled in Industrial Carpentry, Welding, Pipe Fitting, and Heavy Equipment Operator program offerings at CAC. Sundt Director of Craft Workforce Development Sean Ray said, “Our partnership with CAC continues to grow and produce fantastic results. We have a great relationship with CAC and look forward to the next phases of the program.” The first cohort graduated in May 2018 with 100 percent of graduates receiving jobs in the industry. Students hired by Sundt received a $1,000 tuition reimbursement to help defray the cost of the program.
October 16, 2012
Sundt’s College Recruiting Program Manager, Michael Morales, recently presented at the Campus Recruiting Forum in Philadelphia, PA and in Irvine, CA, hosted by Brainstorm Strategy Group. Michael was part of a three-panel team at both events that discussed best practices in campus recruiting, with his portion including campus branding initiatives and building a structured program for consistent, predictable results.
The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA: one of two host sites for the Campus Recruiting Forum
“We’re in an extremely competitive market right now, and building a strong and focused college recruiting strategy is vital to any organization’s longevity,” said Michael. “Recruiting is more aggressive than ever, and students have more choices upon graduation. It’s imperative for companies to differentiate themselves from their competition by providing real-world internships. My number-one goal is to provide our business units with the future leaders of our company.”
Sundt’s College Recruiting Program has continued to grow year after year with an expected 100 interns in 2019. The team plans to make 30 campus visits this year and conduct over 600 student interviews to achieve Michael’s goal.
For more information on the Campus Recruiting Forum hosted by Brainstorm Strategy Group, please see www.campusrecruitingforum.com. To learn more about Sundt and how to become a Sundt intern, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 2, 2012
Sundt Construction, Inc. is pleased to announce that Jonathan Hunt has joined us as a senior project engineer in the Tempe office. He will lend his expertise to civil and industrial projects (Learn more here). Since Sundt believes that our people are the core of what we do, we wanted to get to know our latest addition. We recently spent a little time talking with Jonathan, and this is what we learned.
When not at work, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy travelling to other countries.
Where in the world would you most like to visit?
The far-east: China, Japan, Korea and Thailand would be amazing.
How do you take your coffee?
At work: hot and black but at my leisure it varies from cream and sugar to iced coffee.
What’s one thing on your bucket list?
I hope to get my pilot’s license one day.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
You can do anything if you put your mind to it.
What is it about Sundt that has led you to make your career here?
The importance that Sundt places on its people really attracted me to the company. We are truly valued here.
Sundt Construction, Inc. is pleased to announce that Clark Garrett has joined us a quality manager in the Tempe office. He will maintain standards for federal construction occurring at French Creek, a North Carolina Marine Corps satellite campus of Camp Lejeune where Sundt has multiple projects. Since Sundt believes that our people are the core of what we do, we wanted to get to know our latest addition. We recently spent a little time talking with Clark, and this is what we learned.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
What’s your all-time favorite film?
That’s a lengthy list – one would be ‘Last of the Mohicans,’ which was filmed in the area where I grew up.
What is something you do on a daily basis?
Review the stock market.
Who has inspired you most?
Both John F. Kennedy and my father have been huge inspirations in my life.
What is your proudest professional achievement to date?
I helped build a Cisco Campus outside Raleigh, NC – its completion was a great achievement for all of us.
What motivates you?
A sense of accomplishment; did I achieve my goal? I strive to be able to answer ‘yes’ each time.
If you could build anything, what would you build?
A nuclear power plant- well, another nuclear power plant.
If you weren’t in construction, what would you be doing?
Power plant engineering and operations.
What is it about Sundt that has led you to make your career here?
It truly all came down to timing. There was the right position available, at the right time, on the right project. It all worked itself out for the best.
What’s your goal for your new position?
To achieve a successful completion of my present project with full documentation. Can’t wait!