Constructing Your Future: A Conversation with Our Apprentices

Posted on November 12, 2019 •

National Apprenticeship Week (NAW)

It’s National Apprenticeship Week!

What better way to celebrate than to highlight some of our very own?

We recently interviewed 8 of our apprentices to learn more about their personal and professional journeys as apprentices. Each of our Mark III apprentices is in one of the 4 programs that we partner with: WECA, ABC Norcal, PHCC, or ACTA.

What We Learned

Here’s the top advice we heard consistently from our team and the 4 biggest takeaways for someone considering a career in the trades:

    • We heard this again and again. “Being an apprentice is hugely beneficial to a career in the trades. An apprenticeship allows for a well-rounded education with great benefits all while being guided along the way.”
    • “Working with someone who shares your passion, and has succeeded in it, is so inspiring.” Plus, having a coach who has already walked a similar path to the one you’re on can help you avoid mistakes and identify opportunities.
    • “Having a solid vision for your end goal and a strong passion for your trade will put you way ahead on your path.” Set goals to keep you on track to reaching your end goal.
    • An apprenticeship in the trades means years of hard work, determination, and grit. But the conclusion that it’s all worth it in the end was unanimous. “The best part is sitting back and seeing the reason why you work so hard. Thinking, ‘I did this, this is all me’.”



Name: Ryan Finnerty, ABC Norcal Electrical Apprentice

Tenure with Mark III: 4 years

Q: So far, what’s been your favorite thing about your experience as an apprentice?

A: “Finding great mentors. The people you work with can really make or break your career and I’ve gotten really lucky. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.”

Mentor(s): Gary Castor, Mark III journeyman electrician


Name: Michael Foley, WECA Electrical Apprentice

Tenure with Mark III: 1.5 years

Q: How has Mark III supported your journey as an apprentice?

A: “When I started at Mark III I had plans to stay an ET. A few months ago some guys on the job told me about the WECA apprenticeship program and Mark III agreed to sponsor me. This company is really what gave me the idea to become an apprentice.”

Mentor: Ashton Reznicek, Mark III Fresno electrical foreman


Name: Roger Emigh, WECA Electrical Apprenticeapprentices

Tenure with Mark III: 3 years

Q: What has been your favorite moment as an apprentice?

A: “Definitely the first time Nate let me do a bathroom on my own at the ACME project. Once the project was finished we turned on the circuit and breaker and that’s when I knew this was my passion. It made me feel so proud.”

Mentor: Chris Byers, Mark III electrical foreman


Name: Travis Moon, ABC NorCal Electrical Apprentice

Tenure with Mark III: 3 years

Q: What sparked your interest in the skilled trades?

A: “I grew up remodeling houses with my dad and grandpa. I chose electrical specifically because it feels a little more thrilling than the other trades and there is endless to learn about the industry.”

Mentor: Beau Messano, Mark III foreman


Name: Eric Mays, PHCC Apprentice

Tenure with Mark III: 4.5 years

Q: How did you get started with PHCC?

A: “While I was working at Mark III’s Metro Air Park project, Dan Carlton [president of Mark III] came out to walk the job and check in with the team. During his visit, he suggested I look into PHCC to continue my growth in the field.”

Mentor: Scott Schmidt, Mark III mechanical superintendent



Name: Alfredo Soto, WECA Electrical Apprentice

Tenure with Mark III: 3 months

Q: What advice do you have for someone considering a career in the trades?

A: “It is the best decision you can make. The trades are very fascinating and it is a challenge. I have learned so much from Jessie Mora, journeyman on our job. He is skilled, smart, and takes the time to teach and explain things so I can learn and become a better tradesman.”

Mentor: Jesse Mora, Mark III journeyman


Name: Luke Cathey, PHCC Apprenticeapprentices

Tenure with Mark III: 4.5 years

Q: What has the process of working with PHCC been like?

A: “It’s a 4-year program. During the 4 years, you have to complete 2,000 field hours and 100 class hours. Each month you have to submit a time card to report exactly what you’ve been working on. In the end, you’ll end up with a journeyman card which allows you to be a journeyman or jump ahead to a lead or foreman role if that’s what you’re interested in.”

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