The best place to start in construction is usually with a shovel in your hand as a laborer, and it’s no different here at Rino.

We get a lot of questions about what the typical career path looks like from laborer on up, so let’s break down the journey.

“Laborer” is a general term we use for a person that does a little bit of everything using their hands and a little bit of elbow grease. At Rino, we feel that laborers have the most diverse skill set and use that mentality to grow our people. Our laborers install pipe, check grade for our operators, perform miscellaneous concrete work, perform traffic control and put the finishing touches on some of our most complicated work. It’s an essential role.

A good laborer knows all of these trades, and we would say the same thing about Heavy Equipment Operators, Foremen, Project Engineers, Superintendents, and Project Managers. For someone to advance in their career, they need to firmly grasp all aspects of their current role. They don’t need to be the best at anything, but they need to be good at everything. They need to understand the sequence of work, what to do next and how to perform the work safely and efficiently. The best way to learn how to do something the right way is to watch experienced people do that work and ask them questions along the way.

For someone who starts as a laborer, their next opportunity would be to become an Operator, which is typically what everybody wants to do. That said, it takes longer than just a few weeks on the grade or in a ditch to get there!

From there, you would start with more straightforward equipment — like loaders, sweepers, and haul trucks — before moving up to the bigger, more challenging iron. After you learn how to operate, and you understand all the moving pieces, you can move up to being a foreman. The key to getting into a foreman role is the ability to teach others how to do their work safely and manage projects at a higher level.

Overall, we look for hardworking individuals and people who want to grow within the company and their lives. We also prioritize being a good culture fit. We have a young culture. Piss and vinegar fill a lot of the younger people in this industry. They don’t like to fail. They want to succeed, they want to grow, and they’re looking for opportunities. That is the kind of person we’re always looking for at Rino.

With the market the way it is now, you can’t always find experienced people or those who are well-versed in the laborer, operator, or foreman responsibilities. What we’ve found is that if we find people who are eager to work hard and grow, listen and watch our more experienced craft, they are usually the best fit for our culture. Our foremen are capable and inclined to training those people. We can show them the right way to do things safely. Live and breathe the mentality of training your replacement so we can take the next step together.