Earlier this month I had a chance to speak with Miguel Lopez, Roofing and Sheet Metal Superintendent at Chamberlin Roofing and Waterproofing. I wanted to learn about his craft and how he learned about the trade.
Before he came to Chamberlin, Miguel worked installing track for a railroad company, but did not see a future for himself in that line of work. There were no opportunities for advancement, so when the work at the railroad company began to slow down, Miguel looked for something different. Miguel’s brother-in-law worked at Chamberlin and told Miguel about the opportunities there.
At Chamberlin, Miguel started out as a “laborer” where his duties included moving trash, setting out and covering material, moving materials, and readying equipment. After a couple of years, he was given the opportunity to run a crew of four laborers who tackled smaller projects such as jobs which were only 1500 square feet. He said, “Whenever I got [the jobs] done, Chamberlin saw that I could do it because I liked it, and they gave me the opportunity to grow more.” Read more » about Spotlight on Roofing: Learning Something New [VIDEO]