For a third-generation journeyman lineman, one would say Aaron Neeley’s future in the architectural, engineering, construction (AEC) industry was destined. Aaron was first exposed to the industry by his father and grandfather who were both journeyman linemen through the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). For Aaron, it seemed natural to follow their footsteps.
By the age of 20, Aaron was on his way to developing a fulfilling career as journeyman lineman. As his capacity to take on more advanced roles like scheduling, estimating and validating labor increased, Aaron’s managers started to notice his hard work and commitment to excel and promoted him into management roles.
Prior to joining Balfour Beatty, Aaron worked as a senior construction manager for LK Comstock National Transit for eight years overseeing journeyman linemen.
When Aaron joined Balfour Beatty in 2016, he quickly gained the respect of his direct reports on the Southeast Rail Extension (SERE) project in Denver, Colorado by demonstrating his ability to not only manage teams, but also apply his personal experiences in completing the work.
“All the ingredients were there to create an awesome project atmosphere,” Aaron recalls. “We had a great project owner, a great team and great project management in place.”
Today, as integrations manager for Balfour Beatty’s rail division, Aaron leads a team of journeyman linemen and wiremen. Together, they deliver electricity to transit and rail catenary systems on service projects in Denver, Colorado and the Green Line Extension project in Boston, Massachusetts.
Throughout his 28-year career, Aaron has dedicated his time and talents to mentoring the next generation of journeyman linemen and wiremen. “The best part of my job is teaching others what I know,” Aaron affirms. “There are a lot of talented, young engineers, and I am confident about leaving the future of our industry in their hands.”
Guiding future builders isn’t the only way Aaron likes to give back to his community. He also participated as a volunteer in Balfour Beatty’s 2018 Bridges to Prosperity program. As part of that team, Aaron helped build a 430-foot suspended footbridge in the isolated rural Espiritu Santo community near Cochabamba, Bolivia. The bridge provided the community with safer access to critical resources including healthcare, food and schools.
“I attribute most of our success in this initiative to the local community [in Bolivia],” Aaron says. “All the families chipped in to bring us timber from trees, cook our food and wash our clothes. They have a tremendous sense of community.”
Aaron’s passion for developing others makes him a Relentless Ally in paving the way for the next generation in this industry.