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Wohlsen Construction Apprentice wins bronze medal at National Craft Championship

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Mark Harker & G. David Sload | PHOTO COURTESY OF WOHLSEN

Mike Harker of Wohlsen Construction received the bronze medal for carpentry at the 2022 National Craft Championship presented by Associated Builders and Contractors  (ABC) in San Antonio, Texas, on March 16. The 33rd annual competition showcased the skills and expertise of more than 175 of the nation’s top-performing craft professionals.

After winning the carpentry gold medal at the Keystone Chapter of ABC’s Craft Competition, Harker qualified for the national competition. Craft trainees competed in the two-part National Craft Championship (NCC), consisting of an extensive written exam, followed by a daylong, hands-on performance test.

The NCC features the nation’s best carpenters, electricians, pipefitters, plumbers, welders, and other construction craft professionals vying for top honors in 15 competitions with skills on display across 12 crafts. NCC also featured a team competition with journey-level craft professionals from different crafts working to complete a joint project. The competition included a two-hour online exam and a six-hour practical performance test. 

ABC’s NCC highlights the career opportunities construction can provide, whether to a graduating high school student seeking an alternative to college, a veteran exploring their next chapter after completing military service or an individual rejoining the workforce or seeking a career change.

“ABC’s premier skilled trades contest recognizes the men and women who are the future of the construction industry,” said 2022 National Chair of the ABC Board of Directors Stephanie Schmidt, president, Poole Anderson Construction, State College, Pennsylvania. “These competitors not only build America, but also highlight the diverse career opportunities in construction.”

View the list of winners of the 2022 National Craft Championships.

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