Terry Jensen is a second generation Local 49 member. His father is a 56-year member of Local 49, he also has six uncles involved in construction trades. Jensen’s education about Local 49 and their work started early, when he first started following his dad to the jobsite when he was just 10 years old. Jensen now passes his extensive experience and knowledge to the next generation of Local 49 members. The veteran crane operator has been training 49ers at the training facility in Hinckley, Minnesota for over 10 years.
When asked about his work as a trainer, Jensen says “I love it. It’s very important, especially now because a lot of our younger people are going in different directions away from construction, but construction now days is a great career to get into because a lot of people aren’t going into it, they can make a damn good living at it.”
The construction and extraction industry is expected to increase 17.8% between 2012 and 2022, according to the MN Department of Employment and Economic Development.
But for Jensen, the being a Local 49er is about more than the pay. “The people” Jensen says, “the comradery of the people and how we get along as 49ers.” He continued, “I like the lifestyle, outside when you’re done with a project you see what you’ve accomplished and you can be proud of that. You build a bridge, you go over it, ‘man, I built this bridge, this is really amazing,’ it is cool’”