Q: What is your job title with Southern Site? What are your main challenges and responsibilities?
A: I started working here in early 2019. I’m an erosion control tech, so I install and maintain erosion control measures. Those usually include installing and repairing silt fence and Siltworm, along with changing drain bags and scraping streets.
The challenges I face are mostly related to the weather. When it rains, the ground gets all wet, and I have to walk around with ten pounds of mud on my boots. That’s always fun.
Q: What were you up to in your career before joining Southern Site?
A: I worked at a prison fresh out of high school. After that, I got into framing. I did framing for most of my career before I came to Southern Site, other than a couple of factory jobs.
Q: What do you like about your job? What sets Southern Site apart from other companies you’ve worked for?
A: Most of all, I like the people I work with. They make Southern Site a really laid-back place to work. It’s an awesome culture here. The people around you are always willing to help. Also, the employees actually matter to them. You’re more than just a number.
If you’re sick and you need a day off, or if you’re late to work because you got a flat tire, they don’t blow up those small things into big deals. Personally, I think this is the best place I’ve ever worked.
Q: How do you think construction companies could do a better job of recruiting young people?
A: I know a lot of younger people don’t like working in construction because they think it’s a career for older people. When I first started at Southern Site, I thought I was going to be working with a bunch of 45- or 50-year-old men. I was surprised when I saw that there were people in their 20s here. Maybe the industry needs to let young people know that it’s not only for middle-aged people.
Q: What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
A: I farm in my free time. I live on a farm, and I consider it to be my second job. I have goats, chickens, cows, and horses.