Building operative with a background as unskilled worker

Ronny Steen Kjærgaard joined Aarsleff in 1998

– My job is to lay sewer pipes and in other ways, assist with the establishment of sewers. I do that manually and by means of machines such as mini excavators and rollers. It is good to have an eye for detail – especially when we are to level out the bottom of a sewer where even small irregularities can make it difficult to fit in the pipes.  

Even though most of my work is earthwork, I am also involved in many concrete projects. So, it is important to have a broad knowledge of your work and know when to use one tool instead of another. If we need a new tool, we often get it already the day after, without discussion. I find that really positive.

I am part of a team of unskilled workers, building operatives and operators. We are posted, meaning that we live close to the construction site four days a week and work long hours. In return, we have extended weekends. We spend a lot of time together, and our good teamwork makes working life so good at Aarsleff.

After some years as an unskilled worker, I took a degree as a building operator in the autumn of 2012. It was my manager's idea and today, I am very happy that I accepted the offer. Actually, I think it is very characteristic of Aarsleff to give the employees the opportunity of developing professionally.