Matt Johnson can lift a ton without breaking a sweat. The 40-year-old crane operator spends his days on various construction jobs controlling a machine that holds thousand-pound loads. He says his job requires a lot of skill and patience, along with a touch of raw talent.
Johnson says he “fell” into construction after graduating from high school, working odd jobs in the Twin Valley, Minn., area until 1998, when he came to West Fargo to work for Industrial Builders Inc.
Back then, certification wasn’t required, Johnson said, so when he decided to try out crane operating, “they told me to pull the levers (and) find out what it does.”
In 1999, Johnson started working for the company as a crane operator. Today, he oversees the company’s crane rental division, which completed hundreds of jobs last year.
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