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RONNIE L. DOZIER
CARPET INSTALLER


Title:

Installer, Bonitz Contracting, Inc., Flooring Division in Columbia, South Carolina

Education:

Ronnie’s education includes a G.E.D. and hands-on training from Project Take H.E.A.R.T., sponsored by the Home Builders Institute.

History:

Ronnie’s dedication to his training helped him overcome personal challenges. “I couldn’t read a ruler when I first started,” says Ronnie. Now it’s “something I do every day.” In addition to his training through Project Take H.E.A.R.T., Ronnie receives ongoing training from Bonitz to keep his techniques up to date.

On the Job:

A typical day for Ronnie is 8 to 12 hours. “I am the lead man on a crew of three. My day begins by reporting to the office.” Ronnie meets with his foreman and project manager, then ensures that his crew has the proper tools and materials for the day’s work. “We usually start with demolition, then prep work, then the actual installation,” states Ronnie.

Best Aspects:

“I have learned something new and have been able to master it,” declares Ronnie. “The company recognized my abilities and work ethic … I have steadily gotten raises and I feel I have my own skills.”

“I like to see the job completed,” continues the technician. “I take satisfaction in seeing all the time and effort put into a project and seeing the final work.”

Challenges:

Ronnie’s 6-foot 7-inch frame makes working on his knees all day a difficult chore. “I have handled this challenge by learning as much as I can about body mechanics. When I first started, there were times I wanted to give up, but it got easier” with experience, he explains.

Importance of Education:

Ronnie asserts that his education at Project Take H.E.A.R.T. has helped him develop a work ethic that has proven valuable on the job. “I learned to be responsible, be on time, and be a team player,” he says.

Future Opportunities:

Ronnie plans to become a foreman with Bonitz Contracting within the next five years. In ten years, he envisions starting his own flooring installation business.

Words of Wisdom:

Once you find what you want to do,” urges Ronnie, “give it 110 percent.”