Tyler Dudding’s enthusiasm for his work is contagious. In fact, when asked to explain what he does at McAninch, he had a fitting response.
“I help to make dreams come true,” he says. “Whether we’re working on a housing project or an industrial area, we’re on the ground level of seeing someone’s vision start to become a reality.”
As a scraper operator, he says simply put, he puts the dirt where it needs to be. In his fifth year working for McAninch, he has a sense of pride at seeing the work come to life in developments across the Des Moines area.
Before coming to McAninch, he worked at a rock and gravel pit operating payloaders. He always knew he wanted to expand and run bigger machines, which led to where he is today.
“Since I was a little kid, I’ve always had a passion for big equipment, and that’s what drew me to McAninch,” Dudding says. “Most days, I don’t even feel like I’m working. Because I love the machines so much, it’s like being a big kid – “playing” in the dirt with really “big toys.”
While he smiles at the analogy, he pairs his comments with an appreciation for the sophistication of the equipment and the training he receives to operate the machinery safely and efficiently.
“On this Waukee job site, which is one-half residential and one-half commercial, we’re working with very new equipment,” he explains. “The cabs are super modern and have everything from heated and cooled seats to GPS. You’re essentially outdoors but working in a clean and cool space. The stereo system allows you to sync your phone with it so that you can listen to your own music all day long.”
With lots of room in the cab for storage, Dudding often brings a cooler with snacks and beverages. He says the extra amenities make the days go by quickly.
“When we start a job, we first remove the black topsoil and roots. Our supervisor points us in the right direction for how we need to move the dirt,” Dudding says. “Over time, you learn why you move the dirt the way you do, and you have faith in your dozer hand and foreman to make sure you’re doing it the way it needs to be done for the job at hand.”
The GPS assists with fine detailing – whether it’s with the cut of the fill of the dirt, it helps Dudding know if he needs to skim off a little more dirt or fill in more where needed.
In addition to on-the-job training, Dudding speaks highly of apprenticeship training offered through McAninch. The Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training-approved program operates on a 280-acre site southeast of Indianola in Milo. At the training site, classroom and hands-on training are provided to apprentices and journeyman operators.
A self-proclaimed outdoor guy, Dudding loves having time off in the winter months so he can go snowmobiling in Wyoming and Colorado. Having two or three months off at a time makes working long hours in the summer attractive to many people.
For those who are considering a career at McAninch, his advice is to give it a try; you have nothing to lose.
“With really great co-workers and foremen, fun and exciting projects, and good pay, you can make an awesome career out of it,” Dudding adds.
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.