Skilled Labor

HDD Contractors Share Successful Approaches to Modern Workforce Challenges

The North American HDD market is booming, and opportunities for growth appear limited only by the size of the industry’s workforce. At a roundtable sponsored by Underground Construction magazine, industry leaders discussed common workforce challenges faced by contractors today and successful approaches to address them.

DCA Supports SkillsUSA for Workforce Development

The Distribution Contractors Association (DCA), headquartered in Richardson, Texas, has partnered with SkillsUSA, a national nonprofit focused on workforce development.

Toledo Uses Simulators to Train Public Works Staff

Toledo, Ohio’s Public Service and Public Utilities departments together employ more than 75 heavy equipment operators to run the municipality’s equipment fleet. From motor graders and backhoes, to utility trucks and cranes, the fleet is used to dig, trench, lift and move materials all over the city.

Hard Work, Vision Bring Success to Great Lakes Fusion

As the owner of Great Lakes Fusion, Marks’ company specializes in all facets of landfill construction: excavation, drilling and HDPE pipe fusion services for pipe up to 65-inches and installation of methane and leachate collection systems. He’s also diversified by starting related companies.

Quanta Acquires Training College to Address Worker Shortages, Training

In its effort to head off a growing shortage of skilled workers, Quanta Services has taken the unusual step of acquiring Northwest Lineman College (NLC).