Andrew Mai - Pioneer Technology Center
THEN: A home-schooled student, building tree forts as a kid. Andrew Mai always knew he wanted to work in construction. He enrolled in a half-day residential and commercial carpentry program at Pioneer Technology Center and competed in SkillsUSA events at the state and national levels.
SkillsUSA and the two-year program at Pioneer Tech gave Andrew a leg up in college and in his job search. CareerTech offered Andrew real-world experience, including:
- Interpreting blueprints and working with CAD.
- A background in construction framing.
- Extemporaneous speaking, which helped him with interviews for internships and jobs.
NOW: Andrew is an Oklahoma State University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in construction management technology. He is a field engineer with Hensel Phelps Construction Co. and will work on the Engineering Education and Research Center at University of Texas at Austin. He says his nurturing parents were instrumental in his success, but former Pioneer Tech instructor Allen Stolhand was also influential.
Andrew said, “Mr. Stolhand taught me about the importance of a good work ethic and attention to detail. He said don’t build anything you wouldn’t want to put your name on.”