Compleat with all residential building practices
Adept in estimation and ordering of materials
Proficient in Windows and Android software
Familiar with many interior design philosophies
Outstanding leadership ability
Versed in most residential building code
Works well under pressure
Agreeable with customers/clients
Strong learner with a drive to excel
My first trial in the industry. First time away from my home of Amarillo. Fresh out of high school, I just wanted to get into the work force.
Yucatan At Cabezon
Rio Rancho N.M.
Approximately 400 homes.
Artistic Homes at the time, was paving the way in energy efficiency, committing to the Department of Energy's Building America program. My primary duties included sealing all penetrations in the conditioned air handling fur downs. Critical to ensuring maximum air handling efficiency. Anchoring floor plates, and insuring hurricane clips were installed. All prior to framing inspection. So basically a pre inspection inspector. Other duties included flashing windows and doors, patching concrete, bailing water from basements from non dried in units. All the other necessary tasks required on a big job site.
I spent a little time in the food service industry back in Amarillo before moving to Clayton New Mexico where I began work for Danny Swagerty, General Contractor. My time at Swagerty is where I began my skilled training.
Starting with concrete. Laying out and building forms. Both slab on grade and footings for framed flooring. Finishing slabs and also some stucco work.
Framing. Additions and remodels were common. We'd build onto the slab or footings we poured more often than not. Some custom framing including a 3000 sq ft covered deck with 12"-18" cedar posts for the vertical supports, 10×10" rough cut timbers for lateral with 4×6" beams for joist. Trex decking all the way around.
Flooring. Installing new floor was always more fun than taking out old and putting new. However I did a lot of both. Removing and installing subfloor. Mostly vinyl and laminate, some tile here and there. Not very much carpet due to lack of specialized tools.
Drywall and exterior. Learned the layout of sheetrock and OSB sheeting.The ways of the trowel. Taping and mudding techniques. Different spray and trowel texture methods. Roofing. I learned to shingle working with Danny. Many a hot day spent carrying shingles on the roof and nailing row after row. Also a few metal roofs.
Work got slow for Danny and word got around that Rocky Watters was looking for a good hand. For a few dollars more per hour and a guaranteed full work week I jumped at the opportunity.
The skills I thought I knew working with Danny were further honed working for Rocky. Duties were the same as the last however I learned better layout methods, including better utilization of string and chalk lines. Transit leveling systems. Pre drilling metal sheeting. Laying out sheetrock and starting nails prior to throwing it on a wall or ceiling. Everything was done by the book. To the T. Meticulous in ways that drove me crazy at times at my young age. All of which in the end created a much cleaner finished product.
I also learned the importance of a clean, organized shop. Everything had it's place. There was never any time wasted looking for a tool or material. And if there was we had a problem.
Also probably where I really began to learn the importance of project management. Knowing the proper steps and the reasons we take them in the building process. Knowing what's going to take the most time. How much time a particular job should take. Being able to simultaneously work on multiple jobs throughout the week. How to figure for material. And the importance of getting it right the first time! A lesson learned the hard way once or twice.
As I got settled into the community, I began volunteering for the fire department. A combination department that at the time had 6 full time paid personnel and around 20 volunteers. I worked my way up as a volunteer, going to night classes to earn my emt basic certification. Also getting involved with the US Forest service and going on "administrative determined" fire details all over the country, all of which began to take away my time with Watters construction. Something Rocky was getting frustrated with. A full time position at the Department came up and again jumped at the chance to have a job that had some benefits attached.
Training for both fire and ems alot of time was spent on the computer. I became proficient in Microsoft Office, Excel and other spreadsheet software. Department administrator for the National Incident Reporting System. (NFIRS)
I also volunteered / voluntold to head up the town's Independence Day Fireworks show. A yearly project that included fund raising, and writing lodgers tax requests for the $10,000 of material it took to please the locals. A lot goes into a fireworks show in the three days it takes to set up the size show we did. A task I excelled in.
I soon made Captain at 26 and became in charge of fire training for department.
My expertise in fire, fire behavior and firefighting operations could be beneficial for a company specializing in fire, smoke, and water damage restoration. Also the leadership training I received as Captain is invaluable as a manager.
Working the 48 hours on 60 hours off schedule at the fire department. I had some extra time to work. I helped Rocky a few days out of the week until he retired and hung the bags up. So I focused solely on fire and ems until I was asked by John Watson if I'd like to come to work for him on my days off.
Off the grid builders is pretty much what the name says. We did work all over northern New Mexico, out of town, off the grid. Additions and remodels were our specialty. Many of the job sites were ranch houses 40-60 miles from any town. Working only a few days a week, my duties were mostly assisting electricians and plumbers. It wasn't until I quit the fire dept that the real off the grid experience began.
Having much more time on my hands I began assisting John with bids and material delivery. Off the grid builders had offices in both Albuquerque N.M and Lubbock TX. John allowed me to manage all northern New Mexico projects while he focused on jobs around Lubbock and Abq. As work progressed so did my managing abilities.
Sometime around may of 2016 Off the grid was requested to take over a Medical Marijuana dispensary project in Santa Fe New Mexico, as the previous contractor had been dragging his feet.
This was my first big project, building something I knew very little about. John and I both worked on this site, swapping duties while other jobs needed attention elsewhere.
Shift New Mexico is a sister company to Shift cannabis co. out of Boulder Colorado. This was a highly controversial and political build as there were only a small hand full of licenses to produce cannabis given throughout the state.
A very complex design that required systems I had never dealt with. Including, carbon filtration on all exhaust fans, custom programmable environment controllers for grow rooms, carbon dioxide injection units for said grow rooms. Top of the line security system, carbon water filtration. I had a crash course in commercial electricity code. Lorenzo Barraza master electrician on this build assisted me with requesting changes to original plans as the power required to run the place needed upgraded.
We were 2 weeks past the deadline of completion, however Shift investors were pleased with the finished product. Shift New Mexico is now the premier dispensary in Santa Fe.
Over all I feel as though I learned a great deal in management and handled the pressure well when it was on.
Starlight Ranch Event center
I received a call from Amarillo towards the end of my tenure at Off the Grid. A company had heard what I had been doing since I'd left the fire department, and asked if I'd be interested in helping build a Zipline and ropes course in Amarillo. Again this is something I had never done before, however I had a high angle rescue certification once and I felt confident going into it.
CARD teamed up with The Big Texan Steak Ranch to build an outdoor event venue on a property that was formerly a water park. The event center original design called for three zip towers, a 10,000 sq ft human maze, a stage and amphitheater, dance floor, bar and concession area, miniature golf course, several shade structures.
I assisted the head project manager in figuring costs on the projects I oversaw. Also gave insight as to what kind of challenges we'd run into trying to do so much in so little time. Decisions were made and a deadline was set. Many developments were downsized and some scrapped all together to make the initial open date.
I oversaw all CARD developments including the construction of the maze, which was downgraded to 7,600 sq ft. The assembly and standing of both 76' high Zipline towers. Rigging of all 1,200' of 3/8" and 1/2" steel zip cables. Renovation of an 3,000 sq ft pump house and vending area into the Zipline point of sale offices.
I also oversaw a few of The Big Texans developments. Including the grading and construction of the amphitheater. All 10' perimeter fencing, from reclaimed corrugated steel sheeting. Several other small projects including a commercial bathroom remodel for the Big Texan Restaurant.
The Starlight Ranch Event Center has already hosted several acts including Flatland Calvary and Casey Donahue.
Specializing in fire and water damage restoration, we handled everything from small water losses to total post fire reconstruction. When I assumed the role, the construction side was bleeding money into old jobs the prior regime had left for us to complete. Worse than building from the ground up, we were digging ourselves out of a hole. I was able to get the company out of several consecutive months in the red to positive figures with a steady increase in profit and revenue throughout my duration with the company. I managed an average of 14 jobs with a max of 22 at one time. However, as the construction side was finally making healthy profit margins, the water mitigation side of the company began losing money which ultimately led to corporate headquarters shutting down the office in Amarillo.
I developed strong relationships with several sub contractors during my duration with the company. All of which would appreciate the opportunity of working together again in the future.
Worked with insurance adjusters when initial insurance estimates needed supplementing, getting the insured the maximum amount owed to them by their insurance company.
A high stress job with many different aspects that required my full attention and diligence. Over all it was a great opportunity and fully understand the company's decision with cutting their loss.
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