Alan Agnew

All-Star Spotlight
June 2024

What made you want to become an electrician?

I became an electrician because I had previously worked as a carpenter in Washington State. However, when I moved here, pay was not good for carpenters, so I applied at Buildforce and you started me. I heard electricians have a higher wage over time.

What made you want to work for Buildforce?

Buildforce seemed like a good place to start since they said they were hiring. It seemed like it was urgently hiring, so there was a good chance to be hired.

What is something that makes you excited at the end of the week? How do you like to spend your weekends?

At the end of the week, I am excited for the Sabbath, a day of rest. There is no better time to rest than Saturday after working yourself to aches over the last six days.

So, during the weekends, I would watch YouTube videos on science, tech, and other subjects. This happens on Saturday, and I also read on and maybe do a project too.

Then on Sunday, I do things like clean, mow the lawn, and study electrical code.

What is something you wish you could learn more about?

As for learning more, I would like to learn more about transformers and motors. Maybe an NCCER course would be ideal for that, so that I could understand more than just AC compressors. But that is not all; the act of managing and doing logistics for a job site's electrical would be great to learn about since things get more complicated with managing.

What are your career goals?

Now, for goals, I would like to get a Journeyman license. After that, a master license. It would be nice to have experience managing ten or so electricians as a foreman to get an idea of what that is like.

What are the three most important things to you in a job?

I find that in a job, the three big items are a lawful company, the opportunity to do many tasks, and happy co-workers. These things help make the job a lasting joy.

What is your proudest Buildforce moment?

My proudest moment with Buildforce was completing a summer in the heat of residential. Just getting up for work and being on time is God's grace. The hardest part is usually waking up.

How do you take your coffee?

I do not drink coffee. I just drink water to get hydrated and feel better in the morning.

Fun Fact about yourself

A fun fact is that I was in the NCAA for rifle while I was at the University of Akron. I did decent, but I never got into the championship.

Where is your hometown?

My hometown was Graham, Washington. Lots of rain and plenty of forest.

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