Name: Bob Dufault
Title: Acting vice president of construction, Hacienda Builders
Education: Two years of college
How did you get into the industry?
A 25-year veteran in the industry Dufault started in construction working for his father’s company.
“I began working in all phases of the stucco business really getting on-the-job training. I set scaffolding, applying the paper and the wiring, preparing the exterior to be plastered. This position in the industry is referred to as a lapher.”
What do you like best?
“As a manager, I enjoy being able to train people and watch them grow. Working in the construction industry I enjoy the variety, learning new skills and working out in the field.”
Any advice for job seekers?
“Have a go-getter attitude, strong work ethic and willingness to learn and grow.”
Describe a memorable experience in your job
“The greatest memories are the expressions on the homeowners’ faces when you’ve completed their home and met their expectations.”
What skills/education are needed to enter your field?
Dufault said a high school education is needed. “If you are looking to enter the field and learn one of the trades like dry-walling you can get assigned to an established crew and they will teach you the skills necessary.”
Why should someone consider this field?
“It’s a great environment working outdoors in different places everyday. Everyday is different – working on different houses or a commercial building offer variety.”