April 21, 2022

ABC National Craft Championships

Lusardi Construction Carpenter, Scuyler Lindgren competes in the Associated Builders and Contractors National Craft Championships in San Antonio, Texas. 

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The competition was fierce with over 175 of the nation’s top carpenters, pipefitters, plumbers, welders, electricians and other construction professionals competing for top honors at the 33rd Annual National Craft Championship Competition in San Antonio, Texas. This is an event held annually to highlight the achievements of the men and women who represent the future of the construction industry. Craft trainees and apprentices travel from across the country to demonstrate their superior skills, training and safe work practices while competing for top honors in their chosen craft.

Scuyler Lindgren represented Lusardi Construction in the team competition as Carpentry journeyman joining forces with three local San Diego professionals from different crafts. The competition included a two-hour online exam and a six-hour practical performance test.

Scuyler started with Lusardi in 2017 in the apprenticeship program crafting his skillset and growing into his role as Carpenter focusing his efforts in learning Total Station (a tool used in surveying). Scuyler is currently working on our Kato Road Industrial Project and has worked on other notable Lusardi projects including the award-winning Veterans Affairs Clinic and Alvin Dunn Elementary School.

What’s the best part of your job?
“The best part of my job is that there is endless amounts of learning available in construction. My position now creates an opportunity to learn more computer and technical skills that allows me to understand the building process from a more technical point of view.”

What inspires you about the construction industry?
“Opportunities. There are a variety of career paths one can take depending on what they are good at, or what they are interested in pursuing. There are so few skilled workers for a growing industry so the opportunity to grow is there if you are willing.”

How do you think construction can attract more young candidates?
“This is hard because the work force has changed so much even over the past 2 years. I think what got me to buy in to this career was my superintendent when I first started at Lusardi. He told me about his experience about being able to go to work and do what you love every day, having an opportunity to make a lot of money if you stick with it, and also being able to learn over your whole career. Helping people understand the long term opportunities from the start can help get them started.”

What do you think is the most important change happening in the construction industry?
“I think the most important change now is technology and skilled workers. Everyone is trying to gain an edge with technology and how to streamline the building process but you will always need skilled workers to build your projects. Since there is a shortage of workers right now across all industries, I think whoever is able to get the next generation involved in what they are doing is going to be the winner.”