Tell us about your job.
I design trusses. I get a finished plan, and it’s my job to come up with a truss layout (where to put each individual truss) and engineer every truss that goes into creating the floor and roof of a structure. I configure each web of each truss, make sure it meets code, and make it as builder-friendly as possible.
How did you get into the industry?
I went to school for architectural drafting and design, as I’ve always had a fascination with buildings. We took a class tour to ABC Truss and I was very intrigued about all the detail that went into one building – even what you might think to be the most simple house. I then decided to do my internship here at ABC and four years later, I’m still here as a full-time employee!
What do you like most about your work?
I love how fast-paced my job is. I see one job for a few hours, and then it’s done and I move on to the next one. I also like being able to see the finished product. Seeing a finished home, condo, or apartment complex is super cool, knowing you had a part in making it happen! I also like the people I work with and our shared interest in construction and building design.
How have you grown as a professional since you joined your company?
Being a part of ABC Truss has improved my professional skills immensely. I’ve gotten better at communication in general (in person, email, and phone), problem solving, relaying information accurately, and prioritizing my daily tasks. This is my first “profession” out of college, so I wasn’t sure what to expect from a job like this. Now it’s just routine and second nature.
How would you describe the culture at US LBM?
The culture of US LBM is very friendly and “in-the-loop.” There’s always communication about what’s going on in the company. They don’t change something without you knowing.
What would you say makes US LBM unique?
US LBM is constantly bettering itself. Efficiency is key. They are upgrading programs and improving settings to make sure we aren’t wasting time or other resources.