Go Build Tennessee January 2018 Ambassador: Michael Johnson

“Go Build Ambassadors” exemplify the spirit of Go Build as the proud, elite group helping to build a better tomorrow. As the future of our country’s construction industry, they understand there’s nothing they can’t accomplish with their own two hands: they are the keys to their own success, providers for society’s progress, and catalysts for change. Congrats to our November 2017 Go Build Tennessee Ambassador, Michael Johnson of Dresden.

To read about past Go Build Tennessee Ambassadors, click here.


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Name:  Michael Johnson

Hobbies: My son, music, blacksmithing, hunting and fishing

Training Program: Machine Tool Technology, Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) McKenzie.

Certification: Machinist 1 diploma

Favorite Training Activity:CNC programming.

How did you become interested in the skilled trades?  When I graduated high school, I had little knowledge about the choices available, as far as I knew it was either University or Military. I chose the latter, but once I got injured I could not stay in the military. When I left the military luckily I found out about Technical Education. Not everyone is cut out, or even cares to do jobs that require a degree. It is important for everyone to be aware that there are jobs out there for those of us who want to be hands on, create things and get dirty!

What factors inspired you to pursue training in the construction industry? Hands on learning, job opportunities and receiving an education in a short time without debt.

For people who might be considering a career in construction, what advice would you share? Take your training seriously and do not waste your young years, work hard and invest wisely so that when retirement age comes, you will have no worries.

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About the TCAT Machine Tool Technology program: The work of machine tool operators, machinists, tool and die makers, industrial maintenance  personnel and those in related occupations requires skill in machining metal by such machine  tools as milling machines, lathes, grinders, drill presses, CNC milling machines, EDM machines and the ability to use precision measuring tools. The course in machine shop is designed to give students experience on a variety of machine tools similar to those on which they will work after graduation.  Instruction is given in related blueprint reading and mathematics, precision measuring, and such basic metallurgy as properties of metals, their workable characteristics, best treatment of metals, and relative hardness. For more information, contact Zak Crider, zak.crider@tcatmckenzie.edu or 731-352-5364.


The mission of Go Build is to enhance the image of the construction industry and inform young people and their “influencers” about career opportunities in the craft trades. To nominate a student, educator or influencer as a “Go Build Ambassador,” send us an email to info@gobuildtennesssee.com for more information.