JP Cullen takes immense pride in cultivating a dynamic apprenticeship program, offering individuals an entryway into the Construction industry through a journey marked by camaraderie and a steadfast commitment to safety. We had the privilege of sitting down with Hunter Christensen, one of our former apprentices. Hunter embarked on his JP Cullen odyssey over seven years ago, initially joining as a dedicated laborer apprentice. Today, his remarkable career path finds him standing as a newly minted journeyman.
How did you get interested in a career in construction?
Growing up, my dad was in the trade. When I was younger, I liked working with my hands. I knew throughout high school that I wanted to make this my career. I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do but I knew I wanted to be in construction. It’s interesting being a second-generation tradesperson. Growing up I saw it all. I remember them working on the State Capital and got to go and see him in action.
What’s the best part of your job?
It’s probably all the different things that you get to do in one trade. There is a lot that you must retain and that all comes with the trade. I have some great mentors here.
What’s it like having a mentor in your apprenticeship?
My biggest mentor here would be Chad Truman. He is a carpenter foreman and I’ve been working with him for years. I’m working right now with Darrell Harnack as well. He’s my superintendent and he has taught me a lot. Those two would be my biggest mentors for sure. They have shown me everything from the cost of doing the work to hands-on learning. If I have a question, I can ask them anything and they will help me.
What advice do you have for someone interested in the trades?
College is pushed in high school, but we need tradespeople out there. It’s a great career path with good retirement and benefits. There are a lot of people who like to work with their hands, so it’s the route to go if you like to do that. If you want to get into it, just figure out what trade you are interested in and try to get an apprenticeship. You can pretty much get an apprenticeship in any trade right now. They are looking for people in all areas!
Check out Hunter’s highlight in the STUFF Wisconsin magazine (page 37): STUFF WI Digital Edition (biztimes.com)
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