Kelly Horvat 29


Grading Foreman


I’m the first female grading foreman our company has ever had.  Actually I don’t think there are many others out there yet but that’s changing and we have three or four other women working on our grading crews right now that could end up running their own crews after they get more experience.  I grew up on a farm so when I got my first job I went straight to operating a small backhoe.  That probably doesn’t happen in the city but out here in the country operating equipment is no big deal.  I worked for a small asphalt paving contractor and within six months I got promoted to the grader, mostly because the grader man was retiring.  I found out quick that operating a grader is a lot different from digging equipment.  Mind you, the controls are pretty hi-tech now but it needs a special touch that only comes with doing the job and it turns out I’m was very good at it. There was no grader foreman at my first company.  We only had one grader and that was me.  Not like the company I work for now.  We clear large tracts of land for big developments and most times we have at least four or five grading crews working.  I spent four years operating the machines for the company before I was offered the foreman job on my crew.  I had to think about it a bit because it’s a lot more responsibility and I needed some more training in reading the blueprints but I figured you have to grab opportunities when they come around.  I did and I’ve never regretted it.  The nice little pay raise that came along with the promotion was a bonus.
What to Expect
Kelly Horvat

Grading Foreman

I’m the first female grading foreman our company has ever had.  Actually I don’t think there are many others out there yet but that’s changing and we have three or four other women working on our grading crews right now that could end up running their own crews after they…
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Grading Foreman
Essentials Skills


  • Reading Text
  • Writing
  • Scheduling
  • Critical Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Oral Communication
Financial Expectation

Grading Foreman

Education Roadmap

Grading Foreman

Career ETA: 2 years

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