By Amy Saxton, Communications Manager for NCCER In the fall 2015 issue of The Cornerstone, out in October, we look at where some of industry’s top professionals started out and how their training led to where they are now. Construction is one of the few industries where hardworking and dedicated individuals can start at the bottom and work their way to the top, with or without a college degree. From laborers and helpers who become vice presidents, to utility workers who become directors, the opportunities in construction are endless. Over the next few weeks, we will share their inspirational stories on Breaking Ground. Bryan McClure headshot Bryan McClure Director of Training LPR Construction Company   Q: How did you get started in the construction industry? A: My dad was an ironworker, and when I went off to college, I started working as an ironworker part time to pay my bills. As the bills piled up, I needed to work more, so my dad got me a job building precast parking garages for Denver International Airport in 1992. I did that for about eight months, and then I worked as a structural ironworker at various companies. In 1995, I joined LPR as an ironworker. When I was a foreman, I got to know the crane operators and they taught me how to operate the cranes. Back then, you didn’t need certifications, and I went on to work as a crane operator for more than five years. Over the years I moved up in the company and in 2007 a training manager position opened up. Since I already coached football, which is a lot like training, I thought it was a good fit for me.   Q: What type of training have you received? A: For me, to come up through the ranks like I did, I didn’t have formalized training. My on-the-job training came from the older guys on site. I couldn’t do what I do now without the on-the-job training I received from my leaders and mentors. Now we have NCCER training, and the first thing I did as a training manager was become an NCCER Master Trainer and primary administrator for NCCER assessments.   Q: Who inspired you along your career path? A: Rocky Turner, the CEO and president of LPR. He really cares about his employees and how he treats them. It’s not common for the president of a company to come out to the job site, but he does. He knows all of our names. I worked for everyone in town before joining LPR, and Rocky is the reason I have been here so long. Without him I would have never moved up.

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NCCER develops standardized construction and maintenance curricula and assessments with portable credentials. These credentials are tracked through NCCER’s National Registry which allows organizations and companies to track the qualifications of their craft professionals and/or check the qualifications of possible new hires. The National Registry also assists craft professionals by maintaining their records in a secure database.