Cajun's Site Leadership University Builds Future Leaders

With the goal of enhancing current site management and developing the future site managers, the Cajun Industries, LLC Site Leadership University provides a comprehensive overview of Cajun and NCCER management, safety and leadership courses. The University has an added feature of creating a team culture and coordinated field leadership for years to come.

The design of the program is to educate our future leaders in a variety of subjects which will help them in their roles leading Cajun forward. The curriculum offers each student the opportunity to contribute to the growth of the University and Cajun. Students have to be at least a foreman to be eligible to participate and each business unit’s construction manager enrolls in the course.

SLU-350x350Upon completion of the University, graduates will be capable of assuming greater responsibility, be better prepared to manage an ever-changing workforce and industry, as well as having a better understanding of the Cajun business model, construction processes and culture. Often within a year, graduates move into area supervisor roles and from there to superintendent and then to site manager.

Supervisors are accountable for the safety and training of each person on the site and applying the appropriate discipline to change the behaviors or workers. The curriculum is divided into monthly training totaling 62 hours of topics including NCCER Fundamentals of Crew Leadership and culminate in completion of a two-day NCCER Project Supervision Certification.

To date, 68 participants have gone through the University. Cajun is currently holding three classes per year with 20 employees in each. With a focus on building team synergy, six to eight of each class students come from the Houston business unit.

As one of the largest self-performing contractors in the south, Cajun’s core competencies include multi-discipline engineering, civil, structural and mechanical work, coupled with specialized expertise in deep foundations, maritime and pipe fabrication. The cultural of teamwork at Cajun extends to projects that incorporate multiple functions of their competencies. The Shell Convent Firewater Reliability Compliance project is one such example that combines several disciplines, including marine, deep foundations, and civil and mechanical, and showcases teamwork success of working in both water and land.

Graduates of Site Leadership University gain a deeper understanding of Cajun culture, Cajun capabilities and procedures, safety, communications and leadership qualities.


Chris Newton

Chris Newton is the workforce development coordinator for Cajun Industries, LLC. A retired Navy Senior Enlisted Leader, Chris is also an HR...