Enjoying the ride with Joao Mocelim

Enjoying the ride with Joao Mocelim

Meet Joao Mocelim, C.O.R.E./Project Engineer at Commodore Builders. Joao’s determination and zest for life permeate every project he touches. His positive, calm demeanor makes him an excellent collaborator and an integral part of our team.

Joao joined Commodore’s C.O.R.E program in 2021. We sat down with him to learn more about how he got involved in construction and how his positivity helps him overcome challenges.

Why construction?

My dad owns his own residential electrical company, so I spent my childhood waking up at 6 AM and going to work with him. The wake-up calls seemed too early when I was twelve, but it was a blessing in disguise. As I got older, he gave me more responsibility. He took me on as an apprentice and then transitioned me into the role of project manager. I learned about the business, about managing clients and executing work. I’ve taken jobs in other industries, but I’ve never gotten the same sense of fulfillment that construction provides.

I went to UMass Amherst to study Business Administration and Management. After graduation, I got my Construction Supervisor License and my OSHA 30-Hour certification.

Tell us about your experience in the C.O.R.E. program.

Joining the C.O.R.E. program was a catalyst for exponential growth in my career. I started the program on the estimating team. That rotation was the best place for me to start because it gave me a comprehensive understanding of the industry. I learned what things cost and I learned how to build relationships with our trade partners. Next, I got to see those relationships in action when I started working as an Assistant Project Manager with our self-perform division and our Strategic Projects Group. Those rotations are what made me who I am today. They introduced me to the field staff, taught me about scheduling, and gave me the opportunity to see the tangible results of my work.

How do you overcome challenges?

Challenges are inevitable. It’s how you approach them that makes the difference. When I’m seeking a solution, I keep an eye on the big picture while I consider all the individual factors. I stay positive. I’ve been successful because I stay true to myself and I’m not afraid to ask for help. I’m fortunate to work with people who make it easy to ask for help and who are willing to teach me along the way.

What do you do in your free time?

I love to travel. My favorite trip so far has been to San Diego, but my travel goals include snowboarding in Japan, hiking in Colorado, and exploring the Amazon. I’m also a frequent gym-goer and in recent years I’ve picked up snowboarding and playing pool with friends. I like to go with the flow, so I’m always ready for a new adventure.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Keep doing what you’re doing. It’s all going to turn out okay, so take the time to enjoy the ride.