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Mike has worked at Michels since high school.

Mike has worked at Michels since high school.

Strong work ethic gets noticed here

Growing up in Brownsville, Mike always figured he would work at Michels Corporation. He began working at the company while still in high school and became a full-time laborer after graduation.

Brad was raised in Campbellsport. He graduated from high school on a Saturday and started a full-time job at Michels as a quarry laborer two days later.

Today, Mike, 29, is a Project Manager, a role that allows him to make meaningful decisions and spearhead multi-million dollar projects. Brad, 36, is a Crushing Superintendent, responsible for the safety and productivity of crews in pits and quarries.

Mike’s and Brad’s career ascensions were neither easy nor unusual at the Brownsville-based utility and infrastructure contractor. Michels currently has 5,000 employees, including about 350 in Brownsville. As the family owned and operated company grows, so does the need for talented people in Michels’ Brownsville yard and at construction projects throughout North America. In 2016, Michels was ranked as the 34th largest contractor in the nation.

“There are lots of opportunities at Michels for people who like to work hard,” Brad said. “You don’t need an advanced degree to make a good living here, but you do need a strong work ethic.”

Mike and Brad are among the many people who have traded hard work and high school diplomas for challenging, satisfying careers in positions that range from field laborers and foremen to shop mechanics and technicians.

Opportunities also abound at Michels for those who attend post-secondary schools. After years as a laborer, Mike attended a technical school to pursue an associate’s degree in business management. Upon graduation, he was promoted to a project engineer and then project manager.

“When I started at Michels, my goal was to work in the field or run a crew,” he said. “Then I decided that I wanted to see what I could achieve if I would go back to school, so I did. That’s the thing about Michels: there are lots of good jobs here; you just need to figure out what is right for you.”

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