Tradesmen International, Inc.

What is the biggest misconception about the industry?

Construction is a simple field comprised of people slinging tools. This couldn't be further from the truth. Construction begins long before a single construction worker and his/her tool ever arrives on the scene. City and town planners, economists, engineers and architects are not performing "simple" jobs. Neither are the trained and skilled workers who show up every day, using modern innovation and construction technology to build the world we live in. Construction requires a greater ability to "think outside the box" as well as in-the-moment problem solving skills that are not required in many other professions.


What is your biggest current challenge at work?

Getting past the mentality that anyone can get a job in the construction industry. In fact, most construction workers have some college education or they are considered skilled tradesmen. Construction is one of the only industries where employers continually pay for, host, and/or send their employees to receive continual training. Apprenticeships are highly competitive. From education regarding OSHA safety regulations to classes, seminars and conferences regarding the latest construction technology and innovation, construction professionals are constantly increasing their knowledge bank and skill sets. Workers interested in pursuing project management or other upper-level positions are often required to obtain a degree or further technical training. In a competitive market, especially the post-recession construction market, it can be very difficult for uneducated or inexperienced workers to find a job.


What keeps you up at night?

My career comes with the burden of keeping skilled craftsmen working full time just like every contractor. There are days I am required to inform employees there is no work orders at the moment and this is unnerving due to the vast amount of contractors looking for quality employees and the amount of work going on daily in the DC Metro area.


What project is your company most proud of?

American Indian Museum, The United States Capitol Building, FedEx Field, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Washington National Cathedral, Smithsonian Museum, The Pentagon, Georgetown University CIA Dulles, National Building Museum, Washington Nationals Stadium.


How does your ABC membership help your company?

ABC helps me build my personal brand which in return helps promote my companies strengths and ability to help contractors grow their business. ABC offers many programs including the apprenticeship program which helps our employees and contractor apprentices to continue to grow their careers and become successful. ABC provides us with the opportunity to meet with decision makers in a relaxed environment typically while enjoying an amazing meal and always quality entertainment. The STEP program and constantly improving safety programs and classes are very important industry tools that align perfectly with our company's core values. Volunteering for committees has offered me insight to the concerns and issues contractors face on a daily basis and allow us to all work on these topics together to find the best plan of action for improvement.


What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a fighter pilot.


Tell us something no one in the industry knows about you.

I have a passion for gardening and growing the world’s hottest chili peppers.


What do you look forward to each day?

I look forward to working hard to help my clients grow and complete projects on time. I also look forward to hearing our employees tell me about the exciting new projects that they are working on. Getting the opportunity to be on multiple job-sites daily is rare and I never pass up the chance to take in the developing skyline.


What do you do for fun?

I enjoy spending time with family and friends and sitting around the wood smoker waiting for the perfect texture of meat.


What business/career advice do you wish you had when you began?

Never miss the opportunity to improve yourself.


What was your first job?

I worked on a Christmas tree farm driving the hay wagon around and cutting peoples trees and loading them on their vehicles.

Our Mission 

Tradesmen’s mission is to partner with our clients, never losing sight of our own roots in contracting to help each client complete their projects on time, on or under budget, with the highest levels of safety, quality and construction labor productivity. 

In business since 1992

Joshua Ault
Sales Manager

Tradesmen International