It’s not possible to tout the talent of craft professionals without acknowledging the support of dedicated instructors who can channel a positive attitude and transfer knowledge to young apprentices. In May, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) honored Lloyd T. Evans, hiring and training administrator with Watson Electrical Construction Co. LLC, Wilson, N.C., as its Craft Instructor of the Year.

Evans joined Watson Electrical Construction as an electrical helper in 1968 following three years of military service—working his way up as a foreman, supervisor, office manager, division manager and safety inspector. In his current role as hiring and training administrator, a position he has held for the past 10 years, Evans performs new hire orientations and helps develop, implement and evaluate company training processes.

Lloyd Evans (center)He earned his NCCER Craft Instructor certification in 1999 and became an NCCER Master Trainer in 2005. He also is the NCCER Sponsor Representative for Watson Electrical Construction and Wilson Community College’s Accredited Training Education Facility. He participates in career fairs throughout North Carolina and works closely with military veterans to help educate people about the benefits of working in the electrical industry.

“Lloyd’s knowledge and experience and his positive attitude about electrical work serve as a great example to our apprentices and other employees on how to advance within our company,” says David Garren, vice president of human resources for Watson Electrical Construction. “He is willing to make himself available to help anyone who desires to learn more about the electrical industry or needs help in any area, whether it’s school or field work.”

Indeed, Evans is widely known for being exceptional at explaining complicated subjects, utilizing hands-on techniques, and going out of his way to work with students after hours or help them train for competitions such as SkillsUSA and the ABC National Craft Championships.

“He teaches with passion, hard work and dedication. If you are struggling and having a hard time understanding anything, he’s there for you or just a phone call away,” says Shaun Birch, who won a gold medal for Watson Electrical Construction at the 2014 ABC National Craft Championships held last May in Birmingham, Ala. “He would never give up on a student, even when they try to give up on themselves. He is always there, giving them the confidence needed to be successful.”

As the 2014 Craft Instructor of the Year, Evans received a cash prize from the Trimmer Construction Education Foundation, a trophy, and a tablet and leather jacket from NCCER.

Joanna Masterson is editor of Construction Executive. For more information, email