Meet the Team: Bill Barsness

How long have you been with NCC?

As of May I have been working here at NCC for 21 years. I was born and raised in Kenyon, and currently reside in the countryside of Bombay, Minnesota. Not Bombay, India, that would be a terrible commute.

What is your official title here at NCC?

My title is Field Superintendent, usually I am busy on commercial or industrial work. I work closely with the project manager who bids the job then we work to get the subs set up and work on scheduling.

What are your favorite types of projects to work on?

Some favorite projects I’ve worked on were Imminent Brewery, Americ Inn Motel and Seeds Farm, and several church projects. They were all pretty interesting.

What is your advice to someone in or looking to get into the industry?

The industry has really evolved. Now is a great time for younger folk to consider the trades. The average age in construction is 57 years of age which will soon leave the field wide open. If you have a good work ethic and the ability to learn, it might be for you. The machinery, tools, methods, and materials have all evolved as well. If you don’t learn something knew everyday or don’t think you do, you’re fooling yourself.

What is it like working for NCC?

I’ve really enjoyed it. I’ve been lucky enough to be mentored by some pretty great guys. All different types of management styles, but all really good.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

There are a lot of rewarding parts. I like to see a happy customer who gets what they want, that is exciting for them. And being able to drive by and know you took part in the process of a finished project where things went as planned is great too.

What is the most challenging part of your job?

Learning to work with different communication styles. The biggest challenge is coordination and timing, that is everything. Sequencing is a big part of my job.

Different pressures from different places. Everybody wants speed, but they also want quality. If you are running in circles it doesn’t necessarily mean you are covering ground. Regulations and codes are needed, but keeping up with them is also a challenge.

How did you get started in the industry?

I’ve been interested in it my whole life. I went to school at Dunwoody Institute for Electrical Engineering. I worked in the field for a while as an electrician until things slowed down. That day I stopped for a beer and ran into an old high school friend, Craig Vold, I worked for his company for a couple years and the rest is history.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I enjoy family, hunting, shooting, and fishing. Susie and I live in the country so keeping up with that also takes some time.

 

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