Technician Certifications and Experience, by Value
I, personally, don't care about any of that certification BS. I've worked with licensed folks that didn't know their ass from a hole in the ground, and I've worked with non certified folks that were amazing. I care about how a person solves problems. I care about if a person is teachable and eager. I care about finding people that I don't want to choke at the end of the day.
If you're hiring someone, what would you place as far as level of importance?
I'm primarily looking for a few things at an experienced technician level:
- Skill sets that match the market sectors I want to grow in. For example experience field experience or CAD experience using a specific state's DOT field procedures or CAD standards.
- Items that stand out and can differentiate my firm on QBC submittals (degrees, publications, unique certifications, safety training, multiple rail RWP training, etc.)
- CST - The regional/interstate transit agency requires CST Certification to work on their contracts; If you don't have it, you've got to get it