As we end National Apprenticeship Week we are featuring Kaleb Crane. He is a service electrician who completed his apprenticeship with Westphal & Company. Kaleb started with Westphal & Company shortly after getting out of the Marines. Take some time to learn more about Kaleb and where he plans on going next with his career.
Tell me about your journey into construction. Where did you start and where are you now?
In high school I worked as a shop hand (fancy term for broom handler) for Cupertino electric during the summers. I was fortunate enough to work with the Westphal team during that time and start some of my relationships in the trade at that time. After I left the Marines, I sent an email to Kyle Sutter asking if Westphal had any jobs and started as a construction wireman two days after I moved home. I interviewed for the apprenticeship a couple weeks later and by July I was indentured. I was lucky to work with some stellar leaders during my apprenticeship who allowed me just enough rope to mess up, but always made sure I learned from my mistakes. I currently work as a service electrician with my own van.
What or how did you get interested in a career in construction?
My Dad is an electrician by trade, so he inspired me to get into this trade. I’ve seen firsthand where hard work and determination can get you in life.
What’s the best part of your job?
Never having a ceiling to stop me from being challenged.
Biggest takeaway from your apprenticeship?
Stay humble and know that you can always learn something.
How long have you been with Westphal & Company?
I have been with Westphal for close to 5 years now.
What advice do you have for someone looking for a career in the trades?
Show up every day, on time ready to go. It’s ok to sweat.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome in your career so far?
Understanding that not everything is about how fast you can get it done, craftsmanship matters.
Where are you looking to go from here?
I would like to continue on an upward path in leadership.
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