Hard Hat Hunter had the chance to visit 22 Wing North Bay and meet with two serving members. In part 1, we met with Carpenter Cpl Krieger.
How long have you been in the military?
I’ve been in for 8 years. I joined straight out of high school. I wanted to do something different, travel and help people.
Why did you choose carpentry?
I was interested in the skilled trades, but I didn’t know that that was a possibility in the military. I originally joined as a combat engineer, and when I found out about the construction tech trade, I was able to switch.
Tell me about your training.
I started at the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering (CFSME) in Oromocto, New Brunswick. There I spent 10 months taking the Construction Tech Apprentice course. Afterwards, I moved to North Bay, Ontario and did my apprenticeship here for about 4 years, then I went back to CFSME for a 3 month journeyman course.
What kind of projects have you work on?
I’ve worked on many different types of projects: estimation, design, commercial and residential building and renovating, woodworking, concrete work, and painting.
Once I finished my training, I was able to participate in Operation Impact, in the Middle East. I helped build temporary structures for the troops including lodging, offices and bathrooms.
What do you like the best about your career?
It’s very dynamic, always changing. One day I’m woodworking, the next I’m on the firing range, and then I go and build an office.
What has been your favourite project so far?
I like it when I’m able to work with the community. I spent 3 months, building housing in downtown North Bay for the Home Ownership Affordability Partnership (HOAP). I love being able to help.
Thank you for your service, Cpl Krieger.