Johnson works his way up in house construction
Aaron Johnson, 1996 Frenship High School graduate, knows a frame when he sees it.
He is a sub-contractor in the Frenship Community and we caught up to him last week as he worked on a house frame in the Bacon Crest Addition.
Johnson talked about how he got into the home construction business, some of the challenges he faces and what he learned while attending school.
How did you become involved in construction?
“Actually I was just looking for a job. A couple of boys had worked over the sommer and asked me if I could fill a position. They needed somebody to carry wood and what not. So I said I’d give it a shot. I’ve been giving it a shot ever since.”
When did you begin sub-contract work?
“About five years ago. I decided to step out there on faith and give it a shot. It’s been working out.”
How challenging is it to run your own business?
“It gets hard sometimes, to be honest with you. There are actually days when you don’t stay busy. You can stay at the house two or three days when it rains. If it’s sunny seven days straight, we try to work six days out of seven.
“The hardest part is finding good help. In framing, there’s no kind of application you have to put in, so you have all kinds of people coming up to you. That’s probably the hardest part right now.”
What do you enjoy about the work?
“I’m not the type to be in an office. I have to have that fresh air blowing on me all day. You move around from job site to job site. It’s really never the same.”
Did you learn any skills from Frenship which have helped you?
“Well, I never took wood shop. I graduated from high school, I use math in my position. I don’t use English much. Algebra — I don’t use that much. But when it comes to helping my kids doing their homework, I’m pretty tough.”
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
“I want to start building. I want to get in that area where I can build a couple of houses a year.
“That’s what I want to do. But then again, I have four little ones, two boys, two girls, and they are all under the age of 8. I also am a football coach. I am a baseball coach. If I’m not working, I’m doing something with the kids. Yeah, five now, if things work out right, I plan on doing something of that nature. I’ll try to give back to the family.”