James A Chamness.
Odell, Illinois 60460
My father worked in the heavy / civil construction industry, until he was 80 years old. I want to work for a top notch Company with true professionals and want to work until I am 80 or older, I just love my work. I have worn many hats in the heavy / civil construction business from operating engineer, primarily Caterpillar equipment, concrete form builder and form setter, foreman, job superintendent, gen. Supt. and project manager, etc. I believe my dream job would be in a position where I would be in charge of new construction as well as maintaining construction projects and rebuilding projects . My years of experience in the construction industry, I believe, would be valuable to any civil construction co.
Highway milling. IDOT- CMS
Power project, Kiewit, Jackson energy, Elwood, Illinois Power project, wind farm, Streator, Illinois
The building of Mobil refinery. Joliet, Illinois
The building of Dresden nuclear power plant
Illinois Toll road, Rockfalls, Illinois
North west Toll road, Chicago, Illinois
Dan Ryan Expressway, Chicago, Illinois
Joliet Arsenal sanitary treatment plant, Joliet, Illinois Mercy Hospital, Davenport, Iowa
Pompano Beach race track, Pompano Beach, Florida
Bridge and road projects in and around Chicago, Kankakee, and Central Illinois Several street and sewer jobs around Chicago, Illinois The preceding list is just a sample of my construction experience
When I was 16 years old, in 1962, I went to work as a non union heavy equipment operator. I operated Cat graders, Cat 955 track front end loaders, Cat 977 front end loaders, Cat D8 Dozers, Cat D9 dozers, John Deere rubber tires backhoes and loaders, Barber Greene asphalt machines and various Roller including cat’s 815’s and 825’s compactors.
Heavy / civil /
At the age of 24, in 1969, I joined the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 150, in Countryside, Illinois and still 51 years later belong to Local 150. I have 7 solid years of non union experience 52 years as a union operating engineer. My favorite equipment to operate is Caterpillar dozers and graders. I also have approximately 15 years experience in concrete construction, curb and gutter, sidewalks, pavement, bridges vaults, etc. bridges, box culverts, concrete vaults, water treatment plants and sewer treatment plants. I was everything from a form setter to foreman and superintendent in the heavy / civil construction industry. I also, owned my own construction company, North American Road Builders, in Russellville, Arkansas and was a member of the “AGC”, Associated General Contractors, Arkansas chapter. My Company executed excavation projects, site prep projects, roads, small bridges and box culverts, shopping center concrete work and paved parking lots. Sewer systems both storm and sanitary. After some years of owning my company, another contractor bought my business and I moved back to Illinois.
I believe you can see my many years of construction experience. I am capable of being a great employee for any company.
Although, I was not able to finish my senior year in high school, I did pass my college entrance exam at Mohave Community College, in Kingman, Arizona, at age 65. My studies included mastering skills, blue print reading, OSHA building and safety and computer skills. I maintained a 4.0 grade average, was Vice President of Alpha Chi Omega and inducted into Phi Beta Kappa International. I understand that a high school diploma is a prerequisite for most companies but hope my years of experience and my college credit will suffice.
IDOT Construction Management Services
Kiewit Power, Elwood, Illinois GPS dozer operator and roller compactor. Chairman of CVIS team nights.
White Construction, wind energy farm, Streator, Illinois Brown & Lambrecht Joliet, Illinois . Grader and dozer operator. George D Hardin Construction Company, Berwyn, Illinois construction supt. Harry Goelitz, Jr Construction Company, McCook, Illinois construction supt. Robert R Anderson Construction Company, Schaumburg, Illinois grader and dozer operator
Azzarelli Construction Company, Kankakee, Illinois Construction supt. Monarch Asphalt Company, construction supt.
As I was young and worked for multiple companies, I cannot provide the exact dates of my employment and do not want to enter erroneous information. However the dates span a period of 52years.
As you can tell by my experience, I am a senior . I am in search of a great company to work for as long as it is a great company and treats its employees with the respect they deserve. I am ready and willing to travel any place in the U.S. the company needs me, or other Countries.
James A Chamness
● PS: I am still a member of local 150 and am a gold card holder. I am now in my 53rd year. with Local150 IUOE. RETIREMENT is not at all on my mind.