When I was preparing to go to college, I can remember thinking about what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Growing up, my mother always pushed me to be more than just a blue-collar boy. As someone who grew up in the lower middle class and always had the mentality of having to use your physical skills to make a living, she wanted me to be more than that.
I remember debating what I thought I was good at in my head as I read through course offerings as a student at Purdue University. This, coupled with my upbringing, led me to pursue accounting my freshmen year, where I went through some basic courses that all majors were required to take. Before I knew it, I took even more classes that provide you with entry into the Krannert School of Management.
As I progressed, I began to realize how much I hated accounting, especially economics. One night, while chatting with one of my fraternity brothers, I noticed one of his books was a carpentry book. I was intrigued and remember asking what the book was about. After he explained the nature of the course, I was even more fascinated.
“What major requires you to study carpentry?” I pondered. And to my surprise, I learned that building construction management was something you could major in.
Once I learned that I could major in construction, which also happened to be the industry I was working in at the time, I didn’t hesitate. Even though construction work is hard and there are a lot of long hours where you travel to where projects are located, I still consider myself one of the luckiest people in the world. Teamwork takes on a different connotation in construction because it brings people together from different parts of the country with different backgrounds into high energy situations where they’re forced to work together. In construction, the word, ‘culture’ isn’t just a buzz word. Integration isn’t a “new initiative.” Team is the only constant that we can rely on within our company, especially at Superior Construction.
So, why join the world of construction? Because no other industry can offer you the satisfaction in your craft like a career in heavy civil construction. Construction encourages you to maintain a competitive spirit that is embedded throughout the industry. It maintains a culture of camaraderie and brotherhood that you won’t find anywhere else.
Josh Kistner, Quality Control Manager
Josh is a quality control manager with Superior Construction. With more than 15 years in the heavy civil construction industry, he’s also obtained certifications in ACI, AWS, ASQ, OSHA, AGA. Josh is a graduate of Purdue University and resides in St. John, Indiana with his family. His passions include spending time with his wife and children and watching sports with friends.