Matt Cadieux - Stepping up to Foreman

Matt is part of DEW Construction’s “stepping up to foreman” program. In this program Matt will learn everything he needs to know to have the experience and expertise to be an effective foreman.
How did you get started in the construction industry?
Well, I worked with concrete with my father when I was young. Then throughout high school I went to Essex Tech to learn more. I always enjoyed putting things together. I also worked construction for another company during high school after school and during the summer.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I typically work from about 6am to 4:30 pm. I typically think about what we will be working on the next day the night before so I am prepared. As per the actual day-to-day stuff, the work is constantly changing so typically I am just working on a project for a few days at a time and then moving on to the next one. 
What are the best and worst parts of your job?
The best is definitely seeing the changes, these buildings start as just big holes in the ground, and then you get to see them go up, constantly changing and always challenging you. The worst is the elements, like in the winter when it is -20 outside it can be rough, but by the same token there is just as many beautiful sunny days that you are happy to be outside.
What kind of perks and benefits do you get from your job?
Healthcare including dental and medical are all taken care of, but for me the compliments and good feeling you get when you finish a project. The knowledge you get in terms of being able to problem-solve and know how to fix things is big also. 
If you weren’t in your current job, what would you be doing?
To be honest, if I wanted to do anything else I would, but this is exactly what I want to do.
What is the salary range for your position?
It really depends, when you are first hired it’s very much an individually based range given your skills and attitude, and again, healthcare is taken care of. Further, if you want to grow and move up there is many opportunities for that.