I have obviously been working too hard the last decade or so if I am just finding this forum.
I started in the Edmonton area in the 90's by showing up at a construction site with a pair of work boots, and the rest is history I guess
6-7 years on heavy equipment. Mostly Edmonton area, but with a few winters in Zama, Wabasca, and Ft McMurray. Worked on highways, subdivisions, mining, lease roads, and anywhere else people were kicking dirt around.
Went back to school, finished a Civil Engineering diploma program (associates degree for the Americans). Spent 5-6 years working as a foreman and then as a superintendent, mostly on major highway and commercial/industrial projects.
I am currently working as a Project Engineer/Estimator/Project Manager for a major Civil/Industrial contractor, mostly working from our home office location. It's not as exciting as the field work, but the projects are far more technical...apparently there is more to construction than just dirt? The hours are a little more reasonable and it allows for some balance; married with a kid now, and can't spend 90 hours a week chasing scrapers and rocktrucks with a 3/4 ton anymore.
I spend a lot of time in front of a computer, if you have questions regarding earthworks, estimating, or constructability issues ask away, or shoot me a PM.