Philadelphia carpenter Steve Vinceguerra says he’s seen a lot of changes in 13 years in the trade, but no matter what’s to come, there will always be a need for the human element.
Steve Vinceguerra’s speciality is celings, and he’s been working on the 4th floor of the Independence Blue Cross building in Center City. He’s a member of the carpenters local union No. 8. His day starts at 7 a.m. but he’s usually on site by 6 a.m. to relax with his coffee before the day begins.
Vinceguerra says things have changed a lot since he started his apprenticeship in 1994. He says a strong foundation in mathematics has gotten him through changes in equipment and techniques in that time.
But no matter what changes, he predicts there will always be a need for the human element in construction. The building trades will never be fully automated, he says.