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Posted: Tuesday, January 3, 2006 8:47 pm | Updated: 3:20 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

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.”

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