October kicks off Careers In Construction Month and the Fortress Development Solutions team is here to celebrate! We're highlighting some of our divisions, team members, and what skills are valuable in the construction field. We have some of the best construction development workers in the business and together we're fostering a culture of collaboration.
Each division and division manager plays a key role in growing the business and ensuring a safe work environment. From making sure each site is properly staffed to ongoing safety training, we’re leading the way for future construction workers and technology.
Our water hauling division is always there to support all aspects of construction development needs. Recently they followed along and oversaw a project to prevent fire damage. Through their diligent efforts, there were no fire incidents during the entire project. Safety and critical thinking are some of the top skills needed when it comes to planning a career in construction.
We look for many different skills for each job from our CDL drivers to our hydrovac operators and every position in between. To learn about all the skills we require, or to apply to our open positions, visit our website or Facebook to learn more today. On top of the technical skills needed, we also wanted to share what is collectively the top skills construction companies are hiring for. According to Indeed, these are the top 10 skills needed for a successful construction hire:
1. Safety procedures and PPE
One of the most important skills you can have on any construction site is a mastery of best practices in safety and personal protective equipment or PPE. Try to familiarize yourself with the best ways to stay safe on any job site, and the particular safety nuances of a specific job. This will help you stay free from injury and benefit your employer as well since most construction companies focus heavily on safety training.
2. Communication skills
Knowing how to communicate effectively with colleagues and supervisors and any direct reports can help you accomplish your work more efficiently. Strong communication skills can also help make the workplace more enjoyable for all.
3. Growth mindset
Keeping a growth mindset—or a willingness to learn—can help you make a good impression on your supervisor and teammates. Many employers try to hire employees who are eager to learn and grow in their careers. A growth mindset can also help you advance more quickly in the workplace if you wish to do so.
4. Critical thinking
Critical thinking involves applying reason and problem-solving skills to the challenges you face in the workplace. Critical thinking skills can help you work more effectively and make a good impression with supervisors and colleagues.
5. Literacy and numeracy
Literacy and numeracy—or the ability to make sense of written language and numbers—are important skills in the construction field. Many construction employees must read plans and blueprints and well complete calculations during their day-to-day work. Doing so accurately and effectively can help you succeed.
6. Technological skills
Technology is an essential component of most modern construction projects, and many construction companies seek to hire employees with strong technological skills. Try to familiarize yourself with the kinds of software and electronic devices most commonly used in your specific construction field.
7. Time management
Knowing how to manage your time wisely on the job site is a good way to show initiative and complete tasks efficiently and effectively. Consider learning a specific strategy such as the Covey Time Management Matrix to help support this skill.
Companies value employees who can stay organized mentally and in their work environment throughout the day. Organization skills can help employees in a construction setting quickly locate the materials they need, understand objectives, and stay focused on the most important tasks on the job.
9. Physical strength and stamina
Many construction jobs are physically demanding. People with careers in construction often need to lift heavy items frequently at work and stay on their feet for long periods of time.
10. Attention to detail
Noticing details at work and taking steps to address them can be another way to succeed in the construction industry. For example, if an item needs to be replaced or a minor repair needs to occur, consider replacing or fixing that item immediately or bringing it to the attention of a supervisor.
If you’re looking to start a career in construction we hope this information is helpful! With many companies looking to hire the top talent we understand the importance of providing the best for our employees. Learn about our amazing benefits, competitive pay, and top-tier equipment today. Feel the Fortress difference and join our growing team today!
Our Wyoming team has grown since we started in the new region this year. Without the help of our Wyoming team, we wouldn’t have been able to meet the new demand for that area. With Marissa O’Dell joining the Business Development team we’ve seen great growth and new partnerships formed.
Fortress Development Solutions is proud to be supporting the business needs throughout Colorado and Wyoming. When we expanded into Wyoming we knew that we would need to find new ways to connect with the local businesses and grow these partnerships. Since starting with Fortress Marissa has helped secure new clients and make lasting relationships in the Wyoming area. We sat down with Marissa to learn more about her background and why she chose Fortress.
Q: Since starting in Wyoming how have you helped grow the Fortress name?
A: Before I left my previous company, I wanted to make sure that my replacement personally met all my customers in Wyoming to make a smooth transition. During those visits, I also spoke about Fortress and what we do. I have continued to follow up with previous customers as well as reach out to new potential customers.
Q: What projects have you worked on and what did you like about them?
A: My first project in Wyoming was during the snowstorm we had in Cheyenne in mid-March. One of my customers had 6 production locations that his pumpers could not get into to check facilities. We were able to mobilize our equipment and clear out all 6 locations in 3 days. It is satisfying knowing that you can help out during times like those. You become friends with people you work with on a regular basis, and it is nice to be able to come through when they need you.
Q: How have our projects helped the community?
A: During that same snowstorm, the whole town was snowed in for almost a week. The city just could not keep up with the amount of snow we had. Citizens were posting on Facebook community pages asking for help to clear streets. While we did not have the time to go through the proper channels to clear streets, I reached out to mobile home court owners to offer our services. We were able to clear 3 communities for them.
Q: What is something you are proud of that you've accomplished since starting at Fortress?
A: My role is to introduce Fortress to new business opportunities or customers we have not worked with in the past. I am proud to say that I have done that and will continue to look for new opportunities.
Q: How does teamwork play a role in your job?
A: My job does not end with just getting a sale or new customer. Typically, I am the point of contact for those projects. Teamwork is extremely important with coordinating equipment, personnel, and keeping on the project timeline. I speak daily with other Fortress Managers to ensure that we are all working together to get the projects accomplished.
Q: What are you looking forward to working on in the future?
A: Oil and Gas has definitely been my main focus in Wyoming, but I am currently working on another project that will help us to diversify. I am looking forward to seeing this come into fruition.
Q: What do you do for fun outside of work?
A: For the most part, I am a homebody, but I try to be outside as much as I can. That usually means walking my dog early in the morning or BBQing with the neighbors and socializing. When I cannot be outside, I am playing board games or watching movies with my kids.
This week we’re celebrating all the hard work our team puts in every day. From quality assurance to stop work, our team always goes the extra mile to make sure your projects are running smoothly, safely, and on time. We couldn’t do what we do without them! From road building and pad building to pipeline work and porta potty rentals, our team does it all. Today we’re highlighting a behind-the-scenes look at one of our latest construction sites, hauling team, and a facility build project that’s underway.
We first met with Rocky over in our hauling division. He shared this picture of his first day out with his new truck! This was on the I-76 median reclaim job in Brush, CO. He enjoyed that reclaim job and working on the I-70 corridor. When we asked what he likes most about working for Fortress he said, “I just enjoy driving and the variety of work we get lets me see a lot of our front range while getting paid for it. This is a great company to build a future with and I'm happy to be part of it.” Check out his truck below.
We then drove onto this facility build site as the team was putting the finishing touches on their latest line placement. Our team provided porta-potties and dumpster roll-offs for this site to maintain cleanliness and keep things running smoothly. We saw great teamwork from project management to equipment coordinating. Every moving part of this construction site was in good hands. Below you will see our team in action.
For trusted construction development and hands-on project management, trust our team at Fortress Development Solutions. We’re happy to celebrate our hard-working team of construction professionals and the projects they build every day. Happy Construction Appreciation Week!