Arizona Builders Alliance hires Tricia Schmidt as Director of Apprenticeship

March 26, 2020

Arizona Builders Alliance hires Tricia Schmidt as Director of Apprenticeship. In this new role, she will be responsible for program design, outreach and compliance for the ABA. In addition, Schmidt is looking towards incorporating synergy and structure which will in-turn elevate program awareness, funding, participation, retention and diversity. 


 Schmidt brings over 30 years of experience in commercial aviation where she was responsible for curriculum development, instruction, and the integration of policies and procedures. At the height of her aviation career, she was Cabin Safety Manager where she supported the safety reporting system in its evolution from paper to online and enacted the Aviation Safety Action Program. 


“Tricia has invaluable experience leading teams, improving instructor outcomes and is a great addition to the ABA,” said Tom Dunn, ABA President. “In these changing times, we will all be working towards expanding our apprenticeship program and offering more ways to learn about the great opportunities in construction.” 


After retiring from the aviation industry, Schmidt obtained her certification in Human Resources, SHRM-CP, leading her to her most recent position as the training coordinator for TDIndustries, Inc. Schmidt demonstrated excellence in managing leadership and development training, recruiting top industry professionals for mechanical construction, and further developing the apprenticeship program for the following crafts: pipefitting, plumbing, sheet metal, and HVAC trades. 


“I am looking forward to building a strong ABA apprenticeship team and partnering with our community and industry employers as we promote opportunities that result in rewarding careers,” remarked Schmidt. “The need for skilled trades is endless and collaboration is essential to fill this gap.” 

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