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Keith Brubacher

Keith A. Brubacher

Springtime in the construction world often brings a flurry of activity as new project starts coincide with stone, asphalt and fine-grading tasks on projects put in place during winter. Ads describing new job opportunities compete with other industries that are all seeking ‘motivated, hard-working team players.’

With a reported 10,000 baby boomers retiring every day, concerns over the amount of immigration permitted and the (inaccurate) notion that “millennials don’t want to work,” one might wonder how all those jobs are going to be filled. And why should one choose construction over other alternatives?

Let's look at the reasons why:

  • Sense of Accomplishment: Tangible results benefiting society in the form of roads, utilities and buildings often outlast those who built them. We help improve the reliability of clean water and power and build communities where people raise families, work and shop.
  • Teamwork: Very few construction tasks are performed independently of others. While some groups such as a pipe crew work very closely together, even equipment operators often work as part of a larger crew.
  • Technology: From the site laborer using a GPS rover to the operator in a GPS-guided machine to the technician diagnosing an equipment malfunction or the estimator preparing a bid, there is not one role in construction that isn’t affected by the rapid rise of live data in the field.
  • Advancement: Construction is a great career path for those who like to learn by doing. Whether starting from a high school or college degree level, construction provides a multi-level career path for those eager to grow. At Brubacher, we emphasize ongoing learning, both formal and informal, as well as promotion from within the company.
  • Built in the U.S.: Most construction projects, especially site and utility construction, cannot be built anywhere except in its final location. We can’t move dirt or lay the pipe in another country and then import the finished job!
  • Good Pay: Many construction jobs that do not require a degree pay as much or more than jobs held by people with two and four-year degrees. As more workers retire, this is likely to become even more true.

When we look at all of the rewarding qualities a Brubacher job and a career in construction offers, it's no wonder many people see being part of our team and the industry as ideal.