ďThe best part of my job is Iím active. Iím staying in constant movement. I like that Iím outdoors. I mean, I feel like Iím not closed in. Iím out in the open. I can breathe.
--Highway Construction Laborer
ďItís different from day to day. You donít know whatís going to happen. This week I might be doing some cross sections on my project. But next week I might actually be out in the field measuring something up.Ē
ďConstruction is not for wimpy people. Itís dirty, itís messy, itís hard. You have to have some guts and you have to jump in there and youíve got to do things that are scaring you. But thatís the only way you are going to learn. Itís hard work, but itís rewarding.Ē
--Highway Construction Operating Engineer
ďI like road construction. Iím proud of my work. I can drive down a certain road and with my family in the car and, you know, brag. Look, thatís what Momís doing, you know. This is what Mom did.Ē
ďI love being outside all day. And the independence that I have out in the field that I wouldnít have in the office.
. . . Itís very physical in the sense that you do a lot of running around and itís fun, you know. Itís an adventure. Each day is different.Ē
ďLast summer I didnít go into the office once.Ē
ďIt can get pretty hectic. We just had six paving jobs going on at the same time and it was pretty hectic back there in the lab. We test the materials that are put out on the road.Ē
ďIn this district, we have approximately eighty intersections with traffic signals that are controlled by computers. Itís our job either to install them or maintain them. If someone is skidding around in the middle of the winter and runs into a lightpole and knocks it down on the highway system, itís my job to put it back up.Ē