Episode Description

What does the path from journeyman to executive look like? What should young workers expect to find in the industry today? Join host Todd and guest James Chesnut as they discuss the generational rise and fall of vocational work, changing the narrative around skilled labor, Day & Zimmermann’s new app DZ JobLinX, and the interesting relationship between government and the trades. 

James Chesnut is the Senior Vice President of Nuclear Operations for Day & Zimmermann’s open shop business unit. In this role, he is responsible for fossil and nuclear maintenance, Value, and QA/QC services. James is a second-generation nuclear worker with 40 years of experience in construction, design modifications, outage management, and maintenance in the power industry.

Todd Takes

1. The value of mentoring with diversity of thought in mind is massive. When we open ourselves up to create the space to learn from others with different thought processes, background and experiences, we truly are able to up level ourselves and those around us. 

2. I encourage everyone in the construction industry to get involved with sharing the amazing opportunity that exists here. There’s a great story to tell, but we need to lock arms and tell it to those outside. 

3. If you have a great innovative idea, do not be afraid to share it and create the pathway to make it a reality.


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