Meet Matt Techau, Project Supervisor
Some people love a challenge, the chance to do hard things, and have an insatiable desire to learn. Matt Techau is one of those people. He’s been working on a D. C. Taylor Co. roofing crew since 2008. “It’s important for Matt to be working on a skill set,” says Mike Poorman, Project Manager, D. C. Taylor Co., Cedar Rapids, IA. This hunger to learn and grow professionally is rivaled only by his desire to do great work.
If challenges present themselves, Techau doesn’t shy away. When a West Liberty, IA, food manufacturer needed a new roof, his crew was assigned to the task. The nine-foot racks with large ammonia lines running through and on the roof deck were enough to make even the most seasoned laborer sweat. Add to the project scope, replacement of the roof deck over the motor control center (MCC) room, bringing even more risk to the project. But Techau and his crew leaned in hard to their safety training to make sure that everyone walked away unharmed and proud of the work they performed. Further proof of Techau’s leadership on the crew? The plant stayed operational throughout the entire project.
“It’s critical to keep the crew safe and be able to send them home uninjured,” says Techau. His OSHA training as a Competent Person has enabled him to identify and predict hazards and unsafe working conditions, as well as apply preventive and corrective actions to mitigate the risk of injury.
With more than a decade of experience, this project supervisor has a keen understanding of how all aspects of a project affect jobsite safety. For example, his rigging and signaling training has helped him to stage roofs safely. “I have found that keeping a project neat and orderly keeps a roof safe and reduces the chance for accidents or injuries,” he adds.
“Each job has its own set of challenges,” says Techau. Through those challenges, he’s found opportunities to gain new skills and strengthen existing ones. He’s developed special expertise working sheet metal. His welding skills get better with each job, and he’s demonstrated he can work with difficult sheet metal, such as angled gutters and downspouts.
While the work is tough, Techau appreciates all the opportunities it affords, even an amazing view. “On a really clear day working in New Jersey, we could see the Statue of Liberty,” he says.
If you’re lucky, Matt Techau might be supervising your future roofing project. Contact D. C. Taylor Co. today at 319.731.4118 to put your project on our schedule.