As part of Careers in Construction Month, Scorpio has asked our team to share their stories about how and why they chose a career in construction. Our next profile is Ricky Buxton, General Superintendent and Quality Assurance Manager. Ricky is actively involved in all Scorpio projects and visits each of our active sites nearly every day.
How did you get started in the construction industry?
For me, this is the family business. My father and both of my grandfathers worked in the industry. As a little boy, I wanted to be just like them. I loved listening to their stories and visiting the job sites. I was introduced to the work at an early age. It made me feel needed and valuable and I was good at it. I was contributing to the growth of my community and providing for my family. I loved it then and I love it now.
Tell me about your job. What does an average day look like?
My position is General Superintendent and Quality Assurance Manager. My primary responsibility is to support our field staff to make sure we are accomplishing the tasks needed to deliver an exceptional quality project. The average day involves me visiting job sites and helping to identify any issues that the team may need assistance with to keep the jobs on schedule. Additionally, each site visit allows me to observe and ensure our safety and quality standards are being met.
What do you love most about your work?
As I mentioned before, I love building. But equally, I enjoy being part of a team. There is great satisfaction in settings goals and achieving them with a team that pulls together. I also really enjoy mentoring the next generation. Nothing can compare to helping others realize their potential, watch them meet their goals, and witness the positive impact it has on their life.
What advice do you have for students considering a career in construction?
Do what you love to do!! If you have a passion for and love for something that is the direction you need to go when deciding on a career. The saying is true, “If you love what you are doing, you will never ‘work’ a day in your life”. I should know, it has been over 35 years and it has never felt like work.