Posted: August 22, 2016
Last modified: January 19, 2017

As construction activity on the I-4 Ultimate project intensifies, the need for workers rises just as rapidly

By November 1, the I-4 Ultimate team expects to hire 150 new employees. By the end of 2017, hiring managers expect to have added about 1,400 workers to the more than 600 employees currently on the job. The project is expected to peak at 2,000 jobs.

Included in those 2,000 will be skilled construction workers from crane operators, pile drivers and heavy-equipment operators to mechanics, carpenters, welders and pipe layers. The 21-mile highway reconstruction effort needs a variety of employees. For a brief description of the work and employment benefits, visit:

“We pay competitive wages and have great benefits,” said Jon Walker, I-4 Ultimate Program Project Manager for SGL Constructors. “We’ll also teach you how to be part of our culture of watching out for one another.”

To kick off the new hiring effort, SGL Constructors – the design-build joint venture for I-4 Ultimate – hosted a media event at its Recruitment and Training center in downtown Orlando. Those interested should apply at the office at 409 W. Robinson St. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. For more information about the recruitment center, visit

Hiring managers will consider beginners who are willing to work hard, be responsible and follow safety procedures. The team has committed to providing on-the-job training to 250 people. So far, 70 have been accepted in the training program, which offers wages and full benefits to trainees while they learn.

The employment and training center includes several heavy-equipment simulators, which allow managers and trainers to assess current abilities and teach new skills.

“You don’t need 20 years of experience to work here,” said Loreen Bobo, I-4 Ultimate Construction Program Manager for the Florida Department of Transportation. “If you’re willing to work hard and show up, you don’t have to walk in the door with a set of construction skills. We will teach you and pay you while you learn.”