“During my first week they didn’t let me do anything but hold the trash bag,” Kubin said. “But by the second week, I was holding the tools and making cuts.”
Kubin attributed his skills to his fellow insulators, explaining that they work as a team.
“I like the pace; I like the people I work with,” Randall began. “We’re all family. We give each other a hard time, but we help each other, too. I’ve had office jobs before, but it’s just not the same as being in the field.”
He said it’s far easier to work onsite than it is to compete at the NCC’s, considering there is a stadium full of “eyes on your every move.” He called it “unnerving.” But while at work, there’s a system of checks and balances, each person ensuring the work is done correctly. Even still, Kubin excelled at the competition after extensive training and CMEF’s guidance.
“I was fortunate enough that my employer gave me plenty of time for training. My entire work shift was dedicated to training. We had an NCC-veteran act as my supervisor, and he would teach me. CMEF instructors told me what to expect during the competition. They essentially held my hand.”
When he won the safety award, Kubin said it was incredible considering he “just performed” the way he does in the field.
“It was unbelievable for a minute, being awarded for something that I do. It’s never happened to me before,” Kubin reminisced.
His current role with BEIS acts as a teacher. He’s taking his prize-winning skills and teaching 10-12 new hires each day. His advice to those seeking a job in construction and to those in the field is to always ask questions.
“I’m ushering the next crowd that’s going to go in the field. You have to listen to your mentors, that’s really the most important thing. You have to really think about what you’re doing and how you’re doing it. It’s one thing to do the job right, but it’s another to do the right thing on the wrong piece of equipment,” Kubin said.
What’s next for Kubin? He said he enjoys teaching, but he’s ready to get back into the field.
CMEF would like to congratulate Kubin in his success and wish him the best for his career. To learn more about craft training, visit CMEF’s website at www.cmefhouston.org or call CMEF 281-478-3900.