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Go Build TN November Ambassador: Ryan David Hamling

November 13, 2017

“I had a degree in History and was working at Walmart. I wanted to become self-sufficient, I wanted to be tougher and stronger, I wanted to gain practical knowledge, I wanted to escape the mundane, and I wanted adventure.” –  Ryan David Hamling (Memphis)

“Go Build Ambassadors” exemplify the spirit of Go Build as the proud, elite group helping to build a better tomorrow. As the future of our country’s construction industry, they understand there’s nothing they can’t accomplish with their own two hands : they are the keys to their livelihood, providers for society’s progress, and catalysts for change.

Congrats to our November 2017 Go Build Tennessee Ambassador, Ryan David Hamling of Memphis.


ambassador picture- ryanName:  Ryan David Hamling

Hobbies:  Reading, writing, sprint triathlons, estate sales, and building things with my son.

Career Path:  I am a journeyman electrician pursuing a degree in electrical engineering.

Favorite Training Activity:  Conduit bending.

Current Training Program:  The University of Memphis Herff College of Engineering. Graduated from West TN ABC’s Apprenticeship Program in 2016.

What inspired you to pursue a career in the skilled trades?   
I had a degree in History and was working at Walmart. I wanted to become self-sufficient, I wanted to be tougher and stronger, I wanted to gain practical knowledge, I wanted to escape the mundane, and I wanted adventure.

What are your plans after completing your training?  I want to continue to work in the field, obtain a master electrician license and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, then explore my options.

For young people who might be considering a career in construction, what advice would you share? Show up to work, stay off drugs, take your craft seriously.  Each day strive to outperform yourself from the previous day.  Be solution-focused, practice excellence. 

A career in construction seems to be a plan C or D for young people.  It needs to be a plan A.  Even if it is not a forever career, construction gives a person skills he or she can use for the rest of his or her life.  Construction teaches a person to work hard, be part of a team, and think outside the box.  It gives a person extreme confidence and that feeling of pride when the job is over and he or she can look at the finished product and say, “I did this.”


AABCWTNbout the West Tennessee ABC Chapter (WTCABC) Apprenticeship program:
WTCABC has offered U.S. Department of Labor approved apprenticeship programs since 1987. Those looking for training in carpentry or electrical  may apply for our training programs, which include efforts to place applicants with a potential employer. To learn more about any of these educational opportunities, please contact Amber Harris at (901) 794-9212 or e-mail us at amber@wtcabc.org


The mission of Go Build is to enhance the image of the construction industry and inform young people and their “influencers” about career opportunities in the craft trades. To nominate a student, educator or influencer as a “Go Build Ambassador,” send us an email to info@gobuildtennesssee.com for more information.

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