Jose Lopez didn’t find just a job at Tucker Paving Inc. He found a company that rewarded his hard work and ability to quickly soak up and then apply well a daily education in construction.

A native of Mexico, Jose began working for Tucker Paving 16 years ago.

“I started as a pipe layer,” he says. Promotions through the years made him an equipment operator, foreman, and superintendent. “And now I am a general superintendent,” he says.

Jose puts “training and learning new things every day” at the top of his list of most enjoyable aspects of his job with Tucker Paving. “It has given me many opportunities to learn, and I enjoy working with the people around me,” he says.

Jose wasn’t trained in construction in his native Mexico. He says he was trained at Tucker Paving.

“I didn’t imagine myself doing this job when I was in school,” he says.

Jose holds certifications in confined space operations and trench and excavation operations. Smith System Inc., a Texas-based safe-driving school for commercial and construction drivers and heavy equipment operators, also has certified him.

Jose is married and has five children. “I have a wonderful wife, four girls, and a baby boy,” he says.

He says that in his spare time, he enjoys playing with his children outside and going to church.