In recent months, you may have heard Mike Rowe, star of the hit TV show, “Dirty Jobs” speaking in Iowa. With his engaging personality and straight talk, when Rowe speaks, people listen. His message was clear and echoes that of many companies across the state – Iowa is hiring! Workers in skilled trades are needed to fill essential vacancies and to help companies grow their businesses in Iowa.
Successful skilled labor employees can gain education and training beyond high school without needing to pursue a four-year college degree. Already accounting for more than 50 percent of the jobs in Iowa, skilled trade positions are in high demand as more of the baby boomer generation retires and companies – such as McAninch Corporation – seek hardworking and talented individuals to replace them. Skilled trade jobs fill an important role for people wanting to work right out of high school while earning a good living with competitive wages and having opportunities for advancement.
At McAninch, skilled trade jobs are the heartbeat of our organization and include equipment operators, truck drivers, mechanics and welders. With approximately 250 employees, McAninch works on projects of all sizes in both the public and private sectors. As one of America’s leading earthmoving contractors, McAninch needs employees trained in essential skills to help our company thrive. We’ve been around for more than 50 years, and we are looking ahead 50 years with the next generation of a team of employees.
“Over the next 15 years, McAninch’s workforce will be changing with up to 15 of our foremen becoming retirement eligible,” says Dave Stitz, Vice President of Finance. “In 2018 alone, we will hire up to 18 high school graduates and provide extensive on-the-job training for those who are eager and willing to learn trade skills.”
A Culture that Counts
At McAninch, employees work with the latest technology, have access to the best tools and receive top-notch training – all geared toward creating long-term, successful careers. Starting wages for laborers, operators and truck drivers with no experience is $15/per hour with overtime pay over 40 hours/week. More experienced workers in these areas earn an average of $26 to $30/per hour plus overtime.
“In addition, we offer an attractive benefits package for employees who meet qualifying hours, including paying 100 percent of insurance premiums for health, dental and vision. Plus, we’re proud to be a stable, family-owned business that still offers employees a pension plan,” Stitz says.
If you or someone you know is looking for a career with a company who is passionate about its people, puts safety first and provides professional growth opportunities in a team-oriented and highly productive culture, look to McAninch.
Ideal candidates will have a valid driver’s license, are willing to work longer days in good weather and most importantly, have a mindset of safety first. Candidates who are interested in pursuing a career with the leading excavation and grading contractor in Iowa should call (515) 267-2500; complete an application by stopping by our office at 4001 Delaware Avenue, Des Moines; or fill out an online application at www.mcaninchcorp.com.