Alumni Spotlight: Construction Management Grad Josh Fenske
The 23-year-old Freedom native loves his career as a field engineer for a nationally-recognized construction firm.
What first brought you to FVTC?
After attending college in Minnesota, I was still undecided about my future. I’ve always been drawn to construction and working with my hands, but I wanted to learn more how a project progresses from start to finish. My mom suggested Fox Valley Tech’s Construction Management program. A former high school classmate also talked about how much he enjoyed the program.
What did you enjoy most at FVTC?
I enjoyed the small class sizes and hands-on instruction. We even got to construct an actual office building in class. Touring local project sites further inspired me, and I literally received a job offer from The Boldt Company by attending a Fox Valley Technical College career fair.
Why are your skills so needed today?
As the economy grows, our communities will require more buildings. It is important that we have enough people with knowledge to successfully manage a project’s details, budget, and schedule, along with excellent communication and problem-solving skills.
What is the best part of your job?
Each project is different and sometimes I work on multiple projects at one time. I enjoy the rapid pace and seeing the results of a structure after several months. Above all, the relationships I build with my co-workers, clients and various subcontractors make this career even more worthwhile.
Quick Facts: Construction Management
- $57,000+ average starting salary
- 100% graduate employment
Source: 2018 FVTC Graduate Employment Research Report