When Cameron Weinbrenner was just a boy, he already had an inkling of what kind of career he would pursue.
Growing up in Mineral Point, a small town of about 2,500 people on the southwestern side of the state, Weinbrenner would watch houses being built. He enjoyed observing every step along the way, from the earth work to the use of heavy machinery.
That interest carried on into his teenage years at Mineral Point High School, where he also found himself drawn to furniture classes.
“It’s just something I’ve been fascinated with,” Weinbrenner said. “I like working with my hands.”
After graduating in 2014 from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville — where he made the dean’s list several times – with a bachelor of science in construction management, Weinbrenner landed a job at J.P. Cullen in Madison.
“Cullen has always been one of the larger contractors in the Madison area,” he said. “It was a company I targeted all through college. I was able to get an interview my senior year and was hired on full time as an engineer.”
Today, Weinbrenner is a building-information-modeling manager at the company. That position has him working with a small team of engineers to draw on information from 3-D modelling systems and other technology to build successful projects.
Weinbrenner grew up in Mineral Point and now lives in Verona with his wife and chocolate lab.
The Daily Reporter recently spoke to Weinbrenner about his job and how he got into the construction industry. (This interview has been edited for length and clarity.)
The Daily Reporter: What do you like most about your job?
Weinbrenner: I get to see a variety of different projects. I’m usually in probably half a dozen or more projects at any given time … very rarely am I there from start to the finish. There’s a wide variety of different projects that I get to see. And using technology — that’s something I’m interested in. How can we utilize different technologies and make our lives easier, make better projects.
TDR: What are some of the biggest obstacles you’ve faced in your work?
Weinbrenner: I’m using a lot of new technology. There have been people who have been working in the industry 20 to 30 years. (Part of my role is) just getting them to think about projects differently, or how technology can actually help them … Once you prove that you know what you’re talking about … it’s just understanding details and how the construction process works. And showing them how the technology will help them … with their day-to-day operations.
TDR: Where do you see yourself going in your career?
Weinbrenner: That’s a good question. I see myself staying where I’m at as far as a manager role or going out and being more of a project engineer/project manager working on job sites from start to finish … I don’t know. That’s a tough one.
TDR: What are some of your interests outside work?
Weinbrenner: During the summer I’m into a lot of water skiing. Anything on the lake or being on a boat I really enjoy during the summer (the golf course). During the winter it’s downhill skiing. I was just out in Colorado this last year and I’m hoping to get back this year. I like being outside and active.