ABC of Wisconsin earns four awards at National Craft Championships

Nathan Myers from NSI Electrical Contractors (center with medal) earns a gold in the Electrical trade competition.

ABC of Wisconsin electrical apprentice earns gold; carpentry apprentice earns silver; commercial team wins bronze; UW-Stout construction management team earns gold in Estimating.

Nathan Myers at NCC.

ORLANDO, Florida – Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin announced several employees of its member companies earned awards at the 35th annual National Craft Championships (NCC) during ABC Convention 2024 in Kissimmee, Florida, March 13-15.

Timothy Gittel of AMSCI (center with medal) earns a silver award in the Carpentry trade category.

Nathan Myers of NSI Electrical Contractors earned the gold award in Electrical and Timothy Gittel of AMSCI earned silver in Carpentry.

Timothy Gittel at NCC.

Meanwhile, the commercial team of Jessica Milan of Corporate Contractors, Inc. (CCI), Teagan Cornell of PDC Electrical Contractors, David Marweg of Southport Engineered Systems, LLC, and Alex McDermott of Dave Jones, was awarded with bronze. Students from UW-Stout earned gold in the Estimating category of the Construction Management Competition. 

Commercial team from Wisconsin wins bronze. From left to right are Alex McDermott of Dave Jones, Jessica Milan of Corporate Contractors, Inc. (CCI), David Marweg of Southport Engineered Systems, LLC, and Teagan Cornell of PDC Electrical Contractors.

The team members in the commercial team competition met in person for the first time at the event.  The four craft journey-level professionals worked as a team to complete a series of craft-specific tasks focused on electrical, plumbing, sheet metal/HVAC and carpentry in a six-hour period.

The commercial team at NCC.

More than 190 of the nation’s best craft professionals in trades such as carpentry, electrical, HVAC, millwright, plumbing, welding and more competed at the premier skilled trades contest. Craft students and apprentices travel from across the country to demonstrate their superior skills, education and safe work practices and compete for top honors. The NCC features 16 competitions with skills on display in 12 crafts. 

The individual competitors advanced to the NCC after receiving the top score in their respective fields during ABC of Wisconsin’s Skill Competition on Jan. 26 in West Bend.

Established in 1987, the National Craft Championships celebrate and recognize upskilling in construction, draw some of the country’s most talented craft professionals and highlight the important role that craft skills training plays in the construction industry.

Construction Management Competition

Meanwhile, teams of undergraduate students from both the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and the University of Wisconsin-Stout competed in ABC’s annual Construction Management Competition (CMC). The team from UW-Stout earned first place in the estimating category. Team members include Lance Wallis, Ellie Becker, Noelle Urlaub, Jeremy O’Connor, and Garrett Johnson. 

Students from the construction management program at UW-Stout earned a gold in the Estimating portion of the Construction Management Competition.

College and university teams from around the country were assigned the same construction management project to complete over two days in a competition designed to challenge knowledge, organization, time management and presentation skills, giving the nation’s top construction management students a glimpse into the real world of construction. In addition to estimating, categories include project management, safety, quality control, and overall presentation.

All CMC participants are active members of the ABC National Student Chapter Network, which connects local ABC chapters to colleges and universities with construction management programs to work toward the ultimate goal of building the talent pipeline and mentoring future leaders in the construction industry. ABC of Wisconsin sponsors both UW-Platteville and UW-Stout in the competition.

See more photos from the event on Flickr.

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