The Path to Success: Q&A with Dean Hamrick, HR Director of Construction at Fluor
This blog post was originally published on Breaking Ground: the NCCER Blog, and was reposted with permission.
In the fall 2015 issue of The Cornerstone, out in October, we look at where some of industry’s top professionals started out and how their training led to where they are now. Construction is one of the few industries where hardworking and dedicated individuals can start at the bottom and work their way to the top, with or without a college degree. From laborers and helpers who become vice presidents, to utility workers who become directors, the opportunities in construction are endless. Over the next few weeks, we will share their inspirational stories on Breaking Ground.
Q: How did you get started in the construction industry?
Hamrick: Summers during high school I worked for different contractors as a helper. During my last year in high school, I worked at Ramsey Construction in North Carolina and was inspired by a masonry foreman who worked there. He was a truly skilled craft professional – an artist. After high school, I worked at Daniel Construction as a utility worker, and then I went into the Marine Corps. I went on to teach and coach at a high school, and then I worked as a carpenter general foreman at Fluor Daniel (now Fluor) where I instructed carpenter helpers.
Q: What type of training have you received?
Hamrick: In high school I did drafting, carpentry, masonry and electrical work as part of the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America, which later became SkillsUSA. The rest of my training was on-the-job training. I am fortunate because at that time, journeymen passed their skills and knowledge on to the younger generation. They felt it was their job to teach me. I had mentors who wanted to pass on their skills to me. I am also Daniel certified as a utility worker, rodbuster, carpenter, foreman and general foreman, which preceded NCCER certificates, and I’m a former NCCER Master Trainer.
Q: What has been your biggest career accomplishment?
Hamrick: I am proud to have been part of the rebuilding process for both the BP oil spill along the Gulf Coast and Hurricane Hugo in Charleston, South Carolina. When Hurricane Hugo hit Charleston, I took my carpentry students down there and we used our skills to repair damaged structures.
About the Author
Amy Saxton is the communications manager at NCCER. Her role includes being the managing editor of NCCER’s biannual magazine, The Cornerstone, and its weekly blog, Breaking Ground. Amy has 10 years of marketing and public relations experience, including email, social media and grassroots marketing, promotions, event planning and writing press releases and feature articles. She holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Florida.