Alabama Construction News

JUL-SEP 2018

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DUNN CONSTRUCTION PROUDLY RECOGNIZES DANIEL NIX for living the Dunn values and seeking continuous improvement. Daniel started with Dunn Construction in April of 2015. He began as a plant laborer at the age of 19. After high school, Daniel attended college for a semester before realizing that college was not for him, at that point in his life. He is an outdoorsman and loves how things develop and come together, so Daniel decided to look at construction as a career. He joined Dunn Construction as a laborer in our asphalt plants where he learned new skills, thanks to ample on-the-job training. As a newer employee, Daniel was asked to move from the plants and join the Dunn team as they cleared dilapidated buildings in North Avondale. This project was the beginning steps of our new operations center. While on this team, he developed into a dozer operator and later learned how to run the roller on our property as a part of the base crew. His ability to quickly pick up on equipment operation did not go unnoticed. Upon completion of the shop, Daniel was promoted to a milling crew. Quickly, he learned how to operate the milling machine ground position through on the job training and his mentors. Three short years later, Daniel is not only running the ground controls, but is operating the milling machine, as well. EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT d a n i e l n i x When asked why he chose construction, Daniel told us; "College is not for everyone. I applied with Dunn Construction because I saw a good opportunity for me to learn a hands-on craft. I saw how I had room to advance, but most of all because it's fun. Growing up, I ran farm tractors with my Dad and uncle, but did not know I would one day be responsible for a $500K piece of equipment. I would like to be in management one day, not sure if I would like to stay in the field or work in preconstruction. Dunn has a program that they will pay for college if I want to go back, so that's always an option. It is nice knowing that I have options and my company supports me in my career path." When asked what advice he would give someone who is about to start a career in construction, Daniel said: "It's about treating each other with respect and looking out for one another. Safety is top priority because everyone needs to get home to their families. Also, it's important to be on time because you're part of a team and if one person is late, the whole crew suffers. Don't ask anyone to do anything that you would not do yourself. Take every opportunity to learn and do your best, and never say 'That's not my job'."

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