Brett Burningham has recently been promoted to lead the Projects Division of Atlas Rigging & Transfer. He has been working at Atlas since 2010.

Brett started as an apprentice and progressed through to journeyman, foreman, and project manager. His skill set includes budget management, resource management, quotation, welding, crane operation, and training on safety, forklift operation, OSHA 10, and OSHA 30. Brett also finished a bachelors degree in business at the University of Utah in May 2020.

We asked Brett the following questions to learn more about him…

How has Atlas helped you in your career development?

BRETT: They took a willing but inexperienced person and gave me an immense opportunity to learn in the field. They gave me more responsibilities as I developed to where I’m managing huge projects with massive equipment and a highly skilled team to work with. They changed my life.

What do you find most rewarding at work and in your new role?

BRETT: Successful completion of a project from start to finish. The end result is so satisfying. I enjoy the goal and accomplishment of a project. Also, you can turn a decent job like this into a career immediately. I started this as a summer job, which had good money for such a young person, and ended up making it my career.

What do you find most challenging at work and in your new role?

BRETT: The work we do requires hiring skilled resources, workers who have the experience to do the job right. Sometimes it’s difficult to find experienced workers. This would be a great field for anyone interested in working in a trade.

What has been your favorite project?

BRETT: None in particular. I really like the more challenging projects. The ones that involve a lot of strategy and problem solving.

What’s your secret talent not too many people know about?

BRETT: I have an ability to communicate with clients and internally through email and normal conversation. I can weed out noise and communicate properly.

What do you do in your spare time?

BRETT: I love camping and fishing. I’m also a sports fan of basketball and football. I have 2 girls. The older one is in dance and gymnastics so I support her in that. My youngest daughter is only 2 years old, so she is my sports buddy right now.

What advice do you have for people who want to come work for Atlas?

BRETT: If you come work for us, pay attention and learn as much as you can early on about the right and safe ways to do things on the job. We pride ourselves in brining up people in the company. Learning while doing with those that want to learn and work hard. Our managers put people in a position to be successful. So take advantage of every opportunity.