Training to Build - 2004

From local trade schools to apprenticeship programs, find out the numerous educational efforts that are currently in place in this special report, which is sponsored by the San Diego Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.

  • West Coast Group Benefits: Mission statement

    It is not enough for a consultant to offer the traditional benefit products and services to its clients. We must be on the leading edge of providing total benefit products and service to every client.

  • Berg apprentice trumps competition

    More than 100 competitors demonstrated their skills at the Associated Builders and Contractors' (ABC) 2004 National Craft Championships held earlier this year in Honolulu. Participants, who won at the regional level, competed in an intense two-day event, starting with a two-hour written exam and capped off with six hours of hands-on building projects in one of 10 craft areas.

  • ABC apprenticeship training program

  • Erickson-Hall Construction Co. -- People producing safely

    Erickson-Hall Construction Co.'s training philosophy reflects the viewpoints of our owners Dave Erickson and Mike Hall. People are the most important asset and thus must be valued above all else. While we have both legal and financial obligations to train our people, the most important commitment is the moral obligation to our employees.

  • Training Trust executive director receives national recognition

    Nineteen ABC education directors representing 17 ABC chapters were honored for their service to ABC during the association's 2004 Education Conferences in Las Vegas earlier this month. The education directors were recognized for their three, five, 10 or 15 years of dedication to work force development at ABC chapters nationwide.

  • Training culture self-assessment

    The following questions have been developed by ABC to help you assess your company's training culture. Like anything else, this information is only as good as your use and implementation of it is. Experts agree that companies who thrive and prosper in today's market have come to understand the value of training and embrace it in the day-to-day operation of their business. These questions are designed to help owners and managers target the strengths and weaknesses of the organization in maintaining an optimum training culture.

  • Building an enduring work force

    There is a crisis within the construction industry which has been developing for more than a decade. It's a problem that affects nearly every contractor regardless of size or type of work. Although the sharply increasing prices of construction material are of tremendous concern, there is an even greater hurdle contractors must now face. That problem is the shortage of a skilled work force.

  • Preparing for a strong economy

    Experts suggest that the construction economy will continue to improve -- a good problem to have, but it also means more jobs to staff. From a training perspective there are a number of steps contractors can take to be ready for the upturn. It may come as a surprise, but preparing for a strong economy is a lot like preparing for a weak economy.

  • Developing a training culture: A new approach to age-old concerns

    According to a recent poll by the Fails Management Institute, here are the Top 10 areas of concern for construction company owners nationwide:

  • ABC unveils comprehensive new safety handbook

    ABC has published a new 118-page handbook that provides construction professionals with insight into the means, methods, policies and procedures used by the safest firms in ABC's Safety Training and Evaluation Process.

  • Emerging contractor program

    A few years ago, during a national strategic planning process, ABC identified the need for a publication that would capture critical information, concepts and practices for operating successful construction contracting businesses.

  • The ABC story

    Founded in Baltimore, Md., in 1950 to represent the interests and concerns of merit shop contractors, ABC is a national organization with more than 24,000 members in over 80 chapters throughout the United States. Firms that operate under the "merit shop" principle strive to ensure that performance is based on ability rather than union or non-union affiliation.

  • ABC named 'Best Exhibit' at building careers in construction expo

  • Commitment to training pushes Bergelectric to the top of the class

  • Sheet metal apprenticeship and craft training program

  • Electrical apprenticeship and craft training program

  • Plumbing and pipefitting apprenticeship and craft training program

  • Continuing education is lifelong habit for successful construction professionals

  • Western Summit Constructors Inc. LEAD training

  • Hawthorn Machinery Co. announces purchase of Pacific Machinery Inc.

    Hawthorne Machinery Co., the Caterpillar dealer for San Diego County, Mexico's northern Baja peninsula, Tonga and American Samoa, announced the acquisition of Pacific Machinery, Inc, the Caterpillar dealer for Hawaii, for former Trust Territories of the Pacific and Guam last May.

  • Sherwood Mechanical Inc. policy on safety

    Sherwood Mechanical Inc., founded in 1976 has grown into one of the larger mechanical contractors in this area. Recently purchased from AMPAM Corporate (American Plumbing and Mechanical) of Texas, the three new principal owners have committed the safety department to maintain an accident free company as an obligation to our employees. As a sub contractor to many large contractors, we have prided ourselves on our safety record and ability to meet all contractual agreements, timetables, and OSHA requirements.

  • Training and education at Lusardi Construction Co.

    The key to Lusardi Construction Co.'s success has always been our people, and we continue to believe our people are the best in the industry. So that our employees may sustain their knowledge of construction and continue to grow, we invest considerable time and money to provide a program of continuing education and training.

  • Gould Electric Inc. is a devoted ABC partner-in-training

    Doing business for over 25 years, Gould Electric Inc. has become a well-established contractor in San Diego. It maintains an average workforce of over a hundred journeymen and apprentice electricians. Specializing in commercial construction, Gould Electric Inc. operates not only in San Diego but in neighboring counties as well.

  • A safe job is a profitable job at Casper Co.

    When is comes to safety, Casper Co. is a leader in the industry. When Casper Co. was founded 20 years ago, one of our first thoughts was that of safety. Starting out with one truck and a concrete cutting saw, Casper Co. now employs 180 employees and owns and operates 50-plus vehicles and heavy equipment. We now specialize in concrete cutting/coredrilling, interior & exterior demolition, building demolition and abatement of hazardous materials.

  • Training, career development helps Pacific Rim Mechanical stay on top of its game

    At Pacific Rim Mechanical, our employees come first and everything else falls into place. We provide a work environment where employees are well-trained and treated with honesty, integrity and respect. We convey these values to our customers through partnerships in construction projects that are the highest quality, greatest value and transcend into long-term working relationships.

  • Training employees is a top priority at Helix Electric

    Helix Electric is one of the largest electrical contractors in the nation. Based in San Diego, Helix has operating divisions in Concord, Huntington Beach and Las Vegas.

  • Laser electric -- training for the future

    Training to us is the lifeblood of our industry. We have never wanted to have people working for us who are satisfied to be stagnant in their skills and knowledge.

  • Training the future

    At Industrial Commercial Systems Inc. we believe strongly in training for future success. With our three-year, in-house mentoring program, we offer an avenue for our employees to progress through the ranks while learning all aspects of our business.

  • Electronic systems technician apprenticeship and craft training

    There has been a growing need for quite some time for training in low voltage systems such as fire alarm, security, CCTV, nurse call, telecommunications, HVAC direct digital controls, and other systems.

  • Training and the American dream

    What child doesn't grow up dreaming of owning a beautiful home, or driving a nice car? Those dreams can become realities - for a few by sheer luck; but for most it will take determination and hard work. It is, after all, pursuit of the American dream that built this great country of ours. Used to be a person could open a business, hang a sign and with a solid purpose, be on the way to achieving his or her dreams.

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Training to Build - 2005

This annual report, sponsored by the Associated Builders and Contractors of San Diego, explores the current avenues and opportunities available in the construction field, including local trade schools and apprenticeship programs.