Training and Development

We believe that employees are most successful and content in their jobs when they are provided with the proper tools and resources to be effective and to achieve a sense of accomplishment. Achen-Gardner Construction is fully invested in developing talent company-wide. Many opportunities exist for employees aimed at learning a new trade, enhancing job knowledge and/or developing new skills.

Apprenticeship Program

We are a proud and active sponsor of the Apprenticeship Program provided through the Arizona Chapter of Associated General Contractors. Achen-Gardner Construction sponsors employees throughout a three-year program in Heavy Equipment Operation. Most recently, our own Doby “Joe” Snedigar was named 2009 Apprentice of the Year in the Heavy Equipment Operator category for the state of Arizona.


We believe in providing positive internship experiences for students interested in construction. We ensure that interns gain meaningful exposure to the industry and come away with an increased awareness of the diverse career opportunities available to them. Students are provided with challenging and practical “real world” experience both in the office and out in the field. The terms and conditions of each student’s internship are developed at the beginning of the sponsorship and availability is based on the company’s ability to sponsor at the time the request is made. At Achen-Gardner Construction, we are proud to invest in building the next generation of construction employees.

Other Training Opportunities

Achen-Gardner Construction offers a variety of personal and professional development opportunities to our employees. Below is a non-inclusive list of trainings many employees have taken advantage of. In addition, individuals are encouraged to suggest opportunities that they feel may benefit them in their positions. All requests are given suitable consideration.

Position Specific Trainings/Certifications:
Construction Manager at Risk Training
Forklift Training & Certification
Interview Preparation - Alternative Project Delivery Methods
Job Order Contract Training
Refrigerant Recycling
Registered Flagger
Traffic Control Supervisor
Traffic Control Technician
UV CIPP Training

Safety and Health:
Confined Space
CPR and First Aid
DOT Reasonable Suspicion
Dust Control—Basic and Comprehensive
Erosion Control
Excavation Competent Person
Fall Protection
OSHA Multi-Employer Liability
OSHA 10 and 30 Hour
Safety Orientation