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Specialist Careers Defined

Specialists are The “True Problem Solvers”. Specialists understand how objects work and they are systematic, resourceful and gain satisfaction from successful project completion. They are task-focused with great attention to detail. Specialists are critical thinkers who are often mechanically inclined- the Mr. or Ms. Fix-It. They usually have a knack for seeing and understanding how things operate. Specialists hold titles like technician, contractor or operator and work in the construction and manufacturing industries or other trades. Other titles include architects, surveyors, receptionists, beauticians, technical drafters, plumbers, laborers, millwrights, journeymen, CNC Operators, mechanics, and technicians.

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Am I Specialist?

Watch this 2 min video: Five or more yes responses means you are a Specialist!

21 Careers You Can Pursue With A Degree in Architecture

Careers in architecture… https://www.archdaily.com/798632/21-careers-you-can-pursue-with-a-degree-in-architecture

Construction Careers

Read about construction careers… https://www.careerprofiles.info/construction-careers.html  

Information Technology Career Pathways

Article URL: https://www.microtrain.net/files/career_pathways.pdf

What’s On My Desk?

“What’s on my Desk” is a question that comes up from time to time – even more so when I post a picture that has scotch and Jolly Ranchers in it. The post What’s On My Desk? first appeared on Life of an Architect. Continue reading What’s On My Desk? at Life of an Architect.

8 Reasons It’s Great to Work in Manufacturing

Article URL: https://blog.thomasnet.com/reasons-its-great-to-work-in-manufacturing

IT Jobs: In-Demand, Available to Everyone, Ripe With Opportunity

Article URL: https://blog.edx.org/it-jobs-in-demand-available-to-everyone-ripe-with-opportunity

2020 Year in Review

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Ep 067: Ask the Show

Should architects date one another? How do you get your first client? Your greatest challenge? We answer your questions today on Ep 067: Ask the Show. The post Ep 067: Ask the Show first appeared on Life of an Architect. Continue reading Ep 067: Ask the Show at Life of an Architect. %https://www.lifeofanarchitect.com/feed%

Architectural Graphics 101: Finish Schedules

Finish Schedules are a topic that I’ve been wanting to discuss for years. What do they look like, what information do you show, how do legends really work … all this and more. The post Architectural Graphics 101: Finish Schedules first appeared on Life of an Architect. Continue reading Architectural Graphics 101: Finish Schedules at

Studio Lessons 101: Architectural Precedents

One of the many activities undertaken in architecture school is the study of Architectural Precedents. While I am may not be convinced of the outcomes, I do believe in their value. The post Studio Lessons 101: Architectural Precedents first appeared on Life of an Architect. Continue reading Studio Lessons 101: Architectural Precedents at Life of

Learn About the Future of Retail from Expert: Alex Baloga

Advice For Maven, Naturalist, and Specialist Career Seekers:
1. The food industry, like the retail industry, will continue to evolve.
2. There are great paying jobs in the food industry.
3. Some of the largest employers in PA are in the food industry.
4. Don’t be afraid to take chances and try new things.

Ep 066: Architects and Sketching

There is a nostalgia associated with architects and sketching but is it still an integral part of the design process anymore? The post Ep 066: Architects and Sketching first appeared on Life of an Architect. Continue reading Ep 066: Architects and Sketching at Life of an Architect. %https://www.lifeofanarchitect.com/feed%

NECA/IBEW 2020 Year in Review

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The Shelter Program & Electrical Trade

If there’s anything we’ve learned in 2020, it’s that life watch video… The post The Shelter Program & Electrical Trade appeared first on ElectricTV. Source

My Favorite Architecture Books – 2020

I wanted to share with others the books I am buying, or the ones I own and enjoy since I so rarely write any blog posts about my favorite architectural books in my collection. The post My Favorite Architecture Books – 2020 first appeared on Life of an Architect. Continue reading My Favorite Architecture Books

OFCCP Publishes Directive on Contractor Compliance

On Dec. 11, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs issued Directive 2021-02 to provide clear and specific guidelines to OFCCP staff and/or federal contractors on enforcement and compliance policy or procedures. Source

ABC Indiana/Kentucky Chapter Launches Online Learning Portal for Electrical Apprentices

ABC Indiana/Kentucky chapter took a unique approach to combat issues created by COVID-19 and lockdowns. The ABC Electrical Apprenticeship Learning Portal webpage was created for electrical apprentices—allowing them to submit classwork, training hours and even view recorded lessons. Source

How to Detail a Snowman

It’s hard to believe that the Christmas Holidays are upon us and I haven’t shared with you my profound “How to Detail a Snowman” knowledge … mostly because I don’t have any since I live in Texas. Since I have a can-do attitude, I am going to share with you a little side project I

Seventeen ABC Members Ranked in Top 20 Among BD+C’s Top 135 Contractors for 2020

Of the nation's top 20 contractors, 17 are ABC members, according to Building Design + Construction’s recently published list of Top 135 Contractors for 2020. These contractors were ranked based on their 2019 revenue. Source

Ep 064: A Day in the Life of an Architect

Answering the question of what exactly does a typical day in the life of an architect look like is nearly impossible – but we are going to give it a go. Typical days for an architect vary wildly and are more often than not a reflection of your role, where you work, the market sector,

ABC Members Win CURT CISE Awards for Safety Leadership and Achievements

On Nov. 17, The Construction Users Roundtable announced the winners of its Construction Industry Safety Excellence Awards. The following ABC members received CURT awards based on their dedication to world-class safety performance. Source

The Bottom Line With ABC National’s Chief Economist Anirban Basu – Dec. 1, 2020

On this week’s episode of “The Bottom Line With ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu,” get insights on the  nonresidential construction spending, which was virtually unchanged in October,  according to an ABC analysis of data published by the U.S. Census Bureau. Source

YC runs Work at a Startup to help you find jobs at over 700 YC-vetted startups

Article URL: https://www.workatastartup.com/ Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=25255939 Points: 1 Comments: 0 Source

Build the API That Ships Billions (YC S13)

Article URL: https://www.easypost.com/careers Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=25252915 Points: 1 Comments: 0 Source

Bar Renovation – From Bad to Better

“Addition by Subtraction” was the theme for the renovation of my bar. Considerate detailing that thought about the entire space resulted in a simple and modern solution. The post Bar Renovation – From Bad to Better first appeared on Life of an Architect. Continue reading Bar Renovation – From Bad to Better at Life of

Flexport plans to hire 250 engineers in 2021

Article URL: https://Flexport.com/careers Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=25188821 Points: 1 Comments: 0 Source

063: Holiday Gift Guide for Architects

It’s that gift-giving time of the year and if you have an architect in your life, you know that getting them a gift is rough since they are sooo particular – but that’s why we’re here. Now in its 11th consecutive year, Life of an Architect is once again putting out the definitive gift guide

The History of World War I, II, and the Vietnam War Lives on at the Air Museum Near Detroit

The Yankee Air Museum in Belleville, MI is a place watch video… The post The History of World War I, II, and the Vietnam War Lives on at the Air Museum Near Detroit appeared first on ElectricTV. Source

Denver Health Hospital Works to Meet the Needs of its Growing Community with an Expansion

  The post Denver Health Hospital Works to Meet the Needs of its Growing Community with an Expansion appeared first on ElectricTV. Source

The NECA/IBEW Powering America Team is Flipping the Script on Solar Power at Barnes Jewish College

Solar power is growing in America, and in order to watch video… The post The NECA/IBEW Powering America Team is Flipping the Script on Solar Power at Barnes Jewish College appeared first on ElectricTV. Source

Mark Twain Transmission Line Construction in Northeast Missouri

The Mark Twain Transmission Line is a 96-mile, 345 KV watch video… The post Mark Twain Transmission Line Construction in Northeast Missouri appeared first on ElectricTV. Source

Council on Industrial Relations (CIR) Keeps Construction Projects Moving

The Council on Industrial Relations (CIR), located in Washington D.C., watch video… The post Council on Industrial Relations (CIR) Keeps Construction Projects Moving appeared first on ElectricTV. Source

Fireplace Renovation – The Long Haul

Renovating my house has not been awesome for so many reasons, but slowly and surely we are getting someplace with it all. The most recent item to be added to the “mostly” completed list is my fireplace. Let’s make this clear right from the beginning – I despise my fireplace in the way that Harry

Architecture Lectures and Presentations

One of my new tasks this semester in my academic position is to be a member of the departmental committee for lectures and exhibitions. This committee is tasked with creating the annual lecture and exhibitions program for the Department of Architecture. This has turned out to be quite the conundrum for yours truly. While I

U.S. States Vote on Ballot Initiatives That Impact the Construction Industry

While a handful of U.S. Senate, House and state legislative races from the 2020 elections remain uncalled, voters in a handful of states made some significant policy changes on Tuesday, Nov. 3, through the ballot initiative and referendum processes. Many of these affect the construction industry, including changing the minimum wage, legalizing and decriminalizing marijuana,

YC runs Work at a Startup to help you find jobs at over 500 YC-vetted startups

Article URL: https://www.workatastartup.com Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=25057633 Points: 1 Comments: 0 Source

062: The Evolving Virtual Office

The phrase “Virtual Office” has a much different ring and connotation to it now than it did just a few months ago. As more and more people work from home (more times than not in a spare bedroom or from the dining room table) what changes will take place within the architectural profession moving forward?

CISC Releases Updated COVID-19 Prevention, Preparedness and Response Plan for Construction

On Oct. 29, the Construction Industry Safety Coalition released an updated COVID-19 Prevention, Preparedness and Response Plan for Construction. The plan outlines the steps that construction employers and employees can take to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. The new revision to the plan relates to the section on “Employee Has Close Contact With a Tested Positive COVID-19 Individual”

DOL Issues New Opinion Letters on FLSA Compliance: Voluntary Training Programs and Travel Time

On Nov. 3, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division issued two opinion letters addressing specific compliance issues related to compensability of time under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The DOL encourages the public to submit requests for opinion letters to WHD to obtain an opinion or to determine whether existing guidance already addresses their questions.

Kitchen Pantry Design 101

Pantries are one of those spaces that exist within every house that either get a lot of attention or no attention at all. With just a few design moves and considerations, you can turn a regular pantry into something amazing. The post Kitchen Pantry Design 101 first appeared on Life of an Architect. Continue reading

I Work How Many Jobs? My FTE equals 3.0?

As we discussed the stereotypes earlier this week on the podcast, I was inspired to create this post. Added to that is just two days ago some of the discussion in our upcoming episode (062) and then I was fully settled into this one. Do all architects work long hours? While I am not a

YC runs workatastartup.com to help you find you next job at over 500 YC startups

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061: Architectural Stereotypes

When I say the word “architect” what do you imagine? It seems that most people imagine architects in black clothing, heavy rimmed glasses, and they most-likely possess other-worldly glue skills. We are going to set the record straight regarding the disconnect between the public’s perception and the reality of architects. The post 061: Architectural Stereotypes

Architectural Graphics 101 – Title Blocks

Architectural Graphics are a topic that it seems everybody has an interest in discussing – or at the very least, looking at for comparison purposes. After a very long hiatus, Architectural Graphics 101 is rising from the ashes like the proverbial Phoenix. It’s been 3 years and 16 days since my last architectural graphics post

Meet Founders and Hear Pitches at YC’s Work at a Startup Expo on Dec 3rd

Article URL: https://www.workatastartup.com/events/startup-career-expo-s20 Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24793880 Points: 1 Comments: 0 Source

YC Gaming Startups Are Hiring (Job Expo with Emmett Shear, CEO of Twitch)

Event page: https://www.workatastartup.com/events/gaming-tech-talks-2020 YC’s Work at a Startup and founders and teams of 8 YC gaming startups are coming together to host a first ever job expo focused on gaming this November. Emmett Shear, CEO of Twitch will be joining us to share his insights on how the business and technology of gaming is rapidly

060: The Perfect Portfolio

At one point or another, every architecture student or graduate has a portfolio of their work that they have agonized over creating. Portfolios are important, they demonstrate your range of skills and will most likely play a significant role in whether or not you land your dream job … so why do so many of

Iron Ox is hiring Sr Roboticists and SWEs to build the next generation of farming

Article URL: https://jobs.lever.co/ironox Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24721163 Points: 1 Comments: 0 Source

Meet founders from Y Combinator’s S20 class and learn about open roles

Article URL: https://www.workatastartup.com/events/startup-career-expo-s20 Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24699981 Points: 1 Comments: 0 Source

Surprise! I’m Starting a Residential Studio

I really enjoyed the 20+ years I spent working with people (who typically became my friends) to design their dream houses. Of all the things that changed when I left my last firm and slid on over to BOKA Powell, the only thing I’ve really missed was working on residential projects. You might not know

Pachyderm Raises Series B, Hiring for Golang, DevOps, and Docs Engineering Roles

Article URL: https://jobs.lever.co/pachyderm/ Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24678344 Points: 1 Comments: 0 Source

Lumi (YC W15) is hiring Product Designers to design tools for sustainable packaging

Article URL: https://www.lumi.com/jobs/lead-product-designer Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24661706 Points: 1 Comments: 0 Source

Top Instagram Accounts for Architectural Visualization

So as a follow-up to the recent podcast this week, I wanted to delve into the world of visualization and find some of the best Instagram accounts to follow for this industry. As I am an architect, educator, and enthusiast I did reach out to our guest Alex Hogrefe and asked him for a few

059 Architectural Visualization with Alex Hogrefe

Do you have architectural visualization skills? Maybe you’re asking yourself “what does even mean?” Well, you are in luck because today on the Life of an Architect Podcast we are dedicated to discussing all things related to architectural visualization and graphics and we have the perfect guest, Alex Hogrefe. The post 059 Architectural Visualization with

We, Myself and I

Are architects bad at sharing? The word “I” is a take credit type of word, while saying “we” is a sharing credit type of word. How often do you say “I when you could have said “We”? The post We, Myself and I first appeared on Life of an Architect. Continue reading We, Myself and

Starting Architecture School: COVID Edition Part 2

So I know that I have written before about the transition to online teaching that occurred last spring, but I am going to revisit. I recently wrote an article for Texas Architect Magazine (Sept/Oct issue) that was completed prior to the start of the school year. Now that the fall semester is underway, it is

058: Talking Shop with Building Science Fight Club

Understanding the physical behavior of the building as a system and how it impacts the energy efficiency, durability, comfort, and indoor air quality is pivotal in the creation of high-performance buildings. This means we are talking Building Science Fight Club with Christine Williamson. The post 058: Talking Shop with Building Science Fight Club first appeared

NEW Centennial Plaza Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio

In Northeast Ohio, Football is huge, whether it’s highschool teams, watch video… The post NEW Centennial Plaza Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio appeared first on ElectricTV. Source

42 Is Hiring Software Engineers (Remote) – JavaScript/Python/Spark

Article URL: https://weworkremotely.com/remote-jobs/42-tech-software-engineer-full-time-remote Comments URL: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24140106 Points: 1 Comments: 0 Source

Being an Architect Is Hell – Painting and Contact Paper

Renovating your home is fun … as long as you have an unlimited budget and don’t have to live there during the process. Unfortunately for me, I don’t have either of those two things and the last two weeks have been pretty rough … not in a “working-in-a-traveling-carnival” sort of way, but I would imagine

055: Scale This!

How does scale factor into the practice of architecture? For any architect, scale and proportion are two skills that appear to be the most challenging to master. Continue reading 055: Scale This! at Life of an Architect. %https://www.lifeofanarchitect.com/feed%