Mitch Wilson has been selected as the first AIC Constructor of the Month. He will be featured in the September Constructor News. Want to be the next Constructor of the Month? Click here for more information.
I was born and raised in the small town of Duncan, OK. I lived most of my childhood with my father and two brothers. I began work at a young age, working for my grandparents on the family farm and at houses we rented out. This sparked the work ethic I now hold as a professional. After graduating from high school I spent my summers working for my father’s company WW Builders Inc. I began at the bottom as a general laborer doing the cleaning around some new house construction. This allowed me to see the house come together through the project and my interest in construction was sparked.
I enrolled at the University of Oklahoma and was dedicated to construction science from day one. During school breaks I would head home and work. I made my way through all of the trades we offered. I spent summers working as a concrete finisher, utility crew laborer, dirt equipment operator, and many other jobs. Eventually I began working in the office and learned estimation. Company growth led to us obtaining a construction management job in Duncan constructing a Holiday Inn Express. I worked as an assistant superintendent, and learned a great deal. My work experience throughout my life and the education I received at the University of Oklahoma has led me to my first major project as a superintendent overseeing the construction of a 5 million dollar hotel. I owe a great deal of gratitude to my father for providing me with the opportunities I have had. His efforts have given me a great starting point and give me high hopes for the things I hope to accomplish in the construction industry.
Why did you decide to become an AC?
I have several reasons why I chose to become an Associate Constructor. First, I wanted to become a Certified Professional Constructor (CPC). Not only will this add personal value to myself as an individual, it will add value to my company. In Oklahoma, there is a regulation that to work on public projects such as a school you have to have a certified employee within your company and AIC is one of the organizations that you can be certified from. The AIC also offers additional benefits that will provide me with a “link” to the overall improvement and knowledge of the construction industry.
Why did you choose a career in construction?
I see construction as a controlled and detailed process. I like the ability to plan ahead and foresee future problems that would occur and mitigate them. I like how you can shift through the plans, see the building, know it inside and out, and communicate that vision to the subcontractors. I also enjoy the balanced environment of being able to rotate between the outside and inside.
What advice do you have for someone interested in a career in construction?
The construction industry is for someone who is willing to work. I would advise them to actually go out in the field, work and communicate with the employees, and learn to absorb all the information that is being relayed.