Delta Faucet, the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors – National Association took the stage at CONNECT 2017 in Milwaukee, to present the industry’s most prestigious plumbing awards including the Apprentice of the Year Award, presented to Matt Johnson of Black Hawk, S.D.
A third-year apprentice at Midwestern Mechanical, in Sioux Falls, S.D, Johnson’s work ethic and aptitude have been evident from an early age.
“I have learned over the years to build almost anything and troubleshoot problems or potential issues both on the construction and production of many operations,” he said. “I started working with my hands as soon as I could when I was a kid and I have carried that through my life."
Currently working as a journeyman, Johnson pushes himself to take on new challenges and step outside his comfort zone. He regularly takes the lead on projects and is highly regarded by his foreman. In addition, Johnson is quick to step up and take new crew members under his wing to share what he’s learned both in the classroom and on the job. He is focused and attentive to his work and shines whether working independently or as part of a team.
It’s easy to see why Johnson outperforms many of his peers.
“I have always worked with my hands and my head and I’m not scared to ask questions,” Johnson added. “I strive to be good and make my work better than the work I did yesterday.”
That drive and initiative means Johnson’s foremen never hesitate to challenge him and often allow him to take on additional responsibilities.
Brett A. Kaltvedt, branch manager at Midwestern Mechanical said: “Matt loves his job. He is always trying to do more. He knows he chose this job as his career and he is trying to make the most of it.”
About Midwestern Mechanical
Midwestern Mechanical is a plumbing, heating, HVAC, and fire protection contracting firm. Since its inception in 1983, Midwestern Mechanical has earned a solid reputation for providing superior craftsmanship, design and service in the four state area and is a major force in the plumbing and heating industry. With offices in Sioux Falls, S.D., Sioux City, Iowa, Spencer, Iowa and Rapid City, S.D., Midwestern Mechanical employs more than 260 of the most qualified, experienced people in the industry.