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"We can't accomplish our goals if we don't work together as a team" -Juan Gutierrez Camara

Meet

Juan Gutierrez Camara

  • 4th Year ABC Craftmasters Carpentry Apprentice, Hensel Phelps
  • Competing for a spot to go to the National Craft Competition.

What made you decide to pursue a career in construction?

"I love being outdoors and working with my hands. I knew I never wanted to be in an office all day."

What does it take to be a successful apprentice?

"Have patience and pay attention to the little details."

What is the most valuable thing you have learned through your apprenticeship experience?

"Teamwork. We can’t accomplish our goals if we don’t work together as a team. We have to stay focused on our work and pay attention to the details."

Would you recommend a career in the trades to a friend?

"Yes, of course. It is very rewarding, especially if you like working with your hands. When I finish something, I appreciate that I can look at it and say, “I built that."

Can you describe a typical work day?

"We start the day by doing warm ups for 10-15 minutes. Most of us drive pretty far in the morning, so by the time we get into work we are stiff. It’s important to stretch and loosen up for safety purposes. Then we go see what the activities and goals are for the day. From there, we break up and go accomplish them. I usually finish my day around 3:30."

Where do you hope to be in five years?

"I hope to be a general foreman."

How do you feel about being selected to compete for the national craft competition?

"I am excited, but also super nervous. I want to make myself and my company proud."

Credits:

Created with images by chuttersnap - "View Above Construction Site" • 15299 - "skill saw circular saw cutting blade circular" • Somor - "hand wood fingers nails work planks effort" • Fleur Treurniet - "Measuring tools" • Capri23auto - "roof truss entablature architecture"

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