When you’re looking for a new job, you’re going to want to have the right skillset to build it.
But, as with many things in life, you need to pick a good employer first.
Here are a few tips for getting the job you’re searching for, and then starting building your own: 1.
Know your project The next step for anyone who wants to build their own mill is to figure out what they need and how to get it.
“The best way to start your project is to talk to a professional, which is a bit like starting a project from scratch,” says James Babbitt, cofounder of millwork startup Middleburg Millworks.
For his mill in Middleburg, he started with a basic project: “I was like, ‘Let’s figure out a business plan.'”
Middleburg’s mill is built with recycled wood, a few pieces of scrap metal, and a lot of wood.
The team is using reclaimed wood, which they then cut down, into an efficient and functional mill.
“We don’t want to make too many assumptions,” Babbett says.
“I wanted to make sure we could take a small piece of wood and use it to make the rest of the mill.
That’s really the core of it.”
Pick a project that’s feasible The second thing to look for in a new project is the kind of work it can be done.
“A lot of companies are very ambitious and really focused on making something really, really, amazing,” says Andrew Juhasz, a millworker and former president of millworks startup millwork.
“But they don’t have a very clear idea of what it will be like for people to actually use it.”
“If you don’t know what it is you’re trying to build, it’s going to be difficult,” he says.
This is where a project manager comes in.
“If someone doesn’t know how to build an industrial mill, they can’t give you the direction to make it a success,” says Juhasesz.
Millwork has hired a project coordinator who helps set the scope for the mill, and who is also an experienced millworker.
“It’s a lot like being a project lead,” Juhiasz says.
He says the project coordinator has to be able to tell if the mill can work, whether it can produce a profit, and how long it will take to make a profit.
Be prepared for delays The last thing you want to do is take on a project without knowing what’s going on, says Babbits, who has a master’s degree in industrial engineering.
“As soon as you find out, you want a plan for the next steps,” he explains.
For the Middleburg mill, Juharesz set up a series of meetings to gather information about the materials and process of building the mill and how it could be made.
“This is the first time I’ve had a real group of people come together to work together,” he recalls.
“When you’re building a mill, you don