About Instructor - Richard Waskiewicz
Degrees and Certifications:
New York State Certified Teacher of Construction
Mr. Richard Waskiewicz
I started in the construction field in the ninth grade. My industrial arts teacher saw potential in my determination to produce quality work with a high level of attention to detail. I worked nights, weekends, and holiday breaks as a helper and worked my way up to shop supervisor. After graduating from Whitesboro Senior High school, I continued to master my skills in cabinetmaking and millwork but wanted to further my education in construction management so I earned an associate of science degree in Building Construction Technology at Herkimer County Community College. I then went back to work in the field. My talents were noticed at a jobsite installation by the general contractor running the commercial jobsite and he hired me to help his company build houses. I then took my cabinetmaking and fine woodworking skills into the residential home building field. My skills were expanded in the disciplines of: building layout, excavation, concrete forming and pouring, floor, wall, and roof framing, installing roofing material, windows and doors, insulation, and various types of exterior siding. Having my mastery level cabinetmaking and millwork skills allowed me to be the guy that trimmed out the house, build custom fireplace mantels, staircases, and various custom cabinetries in the high-end executive homes we built. After 18 years working as a carpenter/cabinetmaker, I decided to pursue a career in teaching my craft. I enrolled in SUNY at Oswego and completed my vocational and technical education classes, passing my New York State teacher exams to earn my permanent certification. After working at the Madison-Oneida BOCES for four years as a carpentry teacher/teacher’s assistant, I was hired by the Oneida-Madison-Herkimer BOCES in 2004 as a full time teacher of construction trades.