bryanBy Bryan Collett, General Foreman at TIC – The Industrial Company Have you ever thought about working in the construction industry but decided against it because it was seen as a dead-end job for people who didn’t go to college? The reality is construction offers far greater opportunities and salaries than most industries. I started my career right out of high school with just a few hundred bucks to my name. When I got my first paycheck, I started saving for the most important investments of my career: my first gang box and a good pair of boots. Through hard work and dedication, I became NCCER Certified Plus, an NCCER certified pipefitting instructor and a general foreman at the ripe young age of 26. I even met my wife while working on my first project, and we had our first child. With the right amount of drive, skills and willingness to learn, a six-figure income is achievable within just a few short years of your career. In the industrial construction industry, craft professionals can earn an impressive income while building things that amaze and inspire other people. There’s a lot of pride that comes with these careers, such as being able to say “I helped build that.” This is the only industry where the outcome of your career comes from the work you build. Remember, it's not about the hour you work, but the value you put into that hour. Anyone can have talent, but skill comes from the time and effort you put forth in mastering your craft. The decision of taking this career path is yours to make. An industrial construction career is not easy, nor is it for everyone. It takes hard work, you'll get dirty, you’ll get angry and you'll be tired, but the opportunities are endless. After eight years in this industry, I can truly say that I love my job, my craft and my life. About Bryan bryan3Bryan Collett started at TIC as a Laborer in 2008 and went on to become a helper within three months. In 2010, he chose pipefitting as his discipline and reached journey level in 2013. The following year, he competed in the Associated Builders and Contractors’ National Craft Championships and won the Safety Championship in pipefitting. Later that year, Bryan was promoted to foreman and became NCCER Certified Plus in pipefitting. Last year, he worked as a craft safety adviser at a TIC project in Texas where he was the liaison for craft professionals on site and TIC’s safety department. In this role, he helped train and coach hourly employees in all areas of safety. Since then, Bryan is back to leading a pipefitting crew as a general foreman and is excited about what the future holds for his career.

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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.