All that was left was the finishing touch.
After 13 weeks of classroom and job site training, six MCL Construction laborers graduated from our carpenter training course. They will begin to move forward in beginner carpentry positions. MCL is comprised of highly skilled, committed employees who understand our expectations for the highest quality of work. When faced with a need for skilled carpenters, MCL is lucky to have the team and the resources to train from within the company.
"There is just a national shortage of skilled trades, MCL Manpower Coordinator Scot Stangl said. “MCL recognizes this and decided years ago that we would look from within and train highly skilled and motivated employees on how to become carpenters."
Each employee selected for the class applies and is chosen for their aptitude and skills to learn how to be carpenters or progress from a beginner carpenter to a more advanced carpenter. Baltazar Palma joined MLC as a laborer in 2014. His continued success on projects and attention to detail made him an ideal employee for the class.
"Ever since I was young, I loved working with my hands," said Palma. "This class and MCL allows me to grow my skills and help with more projects."
The class was taught at Metro Community College North Omaha Campus by Randy Carlson, MCL Manpower Coordinator Scot Stangl, and MCL Carpenter 3 Jon Bakker. Bakker brings 30 years of experience to the class. If he taught the MCL students anything, he hopes it is to take your time and get it right the first time. The carpenter is the last man or woman on the job, but his or her work is the first thing an owner will notice.
"What we are doing, that is what everyone sees forever," said Bakker. "You can't go back. Trim and finish work are the first thing that everyone looks at, and once it is done, you cannot change it. It has to be perfect and done right, and that is what we want them to learn."
At the end of 13 weeks, the students put their skills to work at the MCL Habitat for Humanity house. Each year, MCL partners with Habitat for Humanity and participates in their annual Builders Blitz. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the building process was extended. The change in the timeline matched perfectly with our carpenter class and allowed the students to take what they learned in the classroom and use it on a job site.
"The timing was perfect," said Stangl. "Because we are at the very end of the class and they have learned what they need to learn and now they get to show us what they learned while building someone a house. How cool is that?"
Since our first carpenter class in 2018, participants have progressed from laborer to carpenter training to carpenter leadership to site foreman. We plan to host another internal carpenter training course at the start of next year.
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