More from Tom Jackson

Tom Jackson is the executive editor of Equipment World magazine and has been writing about construction and related fields for 26 years. A 1979 graduate from the University of Alabama, Jackson is also a U.S. Army veteran and a father of two.

Toll roads, P3s and creative financing will bring short-term gain, long-term disaster for the road building industry

Toll roads, P3s and creative financing will bring...

Posted on Aug 01, 2014

For the last half-century gas and diesel taxes collected at the pump have been the primary source of funding for ...

MEN VS. WOMEN: Who are the better heavy equipment operators?

MEN VS. WOMEN: Who are the better heavy equipment...

Posted on Jul 31, 2014

Many people assume that operating heavy construction equipment is a man’s job. After all, these are big, powerful machines. Grease ...

Need to know more about telematics? Learn from the best at AEMP’s 2014 Asset Management Symposium

Need to know more about telematics? Learn from the best...

Posted on Jul 31, 2014

Telematics is reshaping the way we do construction, but the learning curve is steep and many contractors struggle to master ...

Second-career farming proves popular: Why not second-career construction?

Second-career farming proves popular: Why not...

Posted on Jul 23, 2014

A recent article in the American Conservative talked up the merits and challenges of second-career farming, where middle age professionals ...

Construction newbies: How to find your place at the right company and launch a successful career in the industry

Construction newbies: How to find your place at the...

Posted on Jul 17, 2014

In the previous installments of this series I wrote about what it takes to survive your first week and month ...

AEMP to collaborate with ARA on education, training and research

AEMP to collaborate with ARA on education, training and...

Posted on Jul 16, 2014

The Association of Equipment Management Professionals today announced a partnership agreement with the American Rental Association. The collaboration will enable ...

Dire States hits the road to drum up support for Texas highway construction initiative

Dire States hits the road to drum up support for Texas...

Posted on Jul 15, 2014

Nearly 180 years ago the toughest hombres ever to ride a horse and carry a rifle blazed a trail across ...

4 rules for managing production dozer Owning & Operating costs

4 rules for managing production dozer Owning &...

Posted on Jul 14, 2014

Of all the machines in the earthmoving world bulldozers, particularly large ones, may have the greatest variation when it comes ...

STEM graduates are finding a weak job market. Why that could be a big opportunity to fix construction’s skilled labor woes

STEM graduates are finding a weak job market. Why that...

Posted on Jul 11, 2014

A recent article at Business Insider revealed an odd wrinkle in the job market. According to Census Bureau statistics, less than ...

EXCAVATOR SHOWDOWN: Tracked vs. Wheeled: One’s a hard digger, the other can do more than you may realize

EXCAVATOR SHOWDOWN: Tracked vs. Wheeled: One’s a hard...

Posted on Jul 09, 2014

When it comes to high-production digging, you just can’t beat an excavator on steel tracks. But take away the undercarriage ...

If you don’t know how to build a house, how can you build a country?

If you don’t know how to build a house, how can...

Posted on Jul 02, 2014

Last week the New York Times ran a story lamenting the loss of quality and craftsmanship in houses built today. ...

Western Pennsylvania road builders launch “virtual apprenticeship” video game for recruiting teens (VIDEO)

Western Pennsylvania road builders launch...

Posted on Jul 01, 2014

The Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania has come up with a promising way to attract more recruits to the industry. ...

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