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NEW ATTITUDES MEAN FEWER KIDS ARE FOLLOWING IN DAD’S FOOTSTEPS

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Heavy industry may always be a large part of Utah's economy, but new attitudes may result in fewer children following in their father's footsteps and earning a living by the sweat of their brow.

The Timothys have worked at Kennecott Utah Copper for more than eight decades. Byron Timothy currently works as an electric shovel operator for Kennecott. Both his father and grandfather spent all their working days as employees at the mine doing engineering and switchboard work.Byron's son, Tavis, plans to spend his career in an air-conditioned office, avoiding any extremes in temperature and getting little dirt under his fingernails.

He will soon have a degree in civil engineering from the University of Utah, placing him in a future of desk work unlike his fa-ther's career filled with hand labor.

"I wouldn't want to be a shovel operator," Tavis said. "Since I was young, my parents have encouraged me to get an education. In high school I decided to become a civil engineer, before that I wanted to be a doctor."

Education is important to Byron because he began work in the mine right out of high school. When he was young, Byron said he made as much money as a college graduate earned and didn't feel the need for further schooling.

"I wish I'd gone to school to better myself, but I do pride myself in what I do," he said. "At the time, it (Kennecott) was a good-paying job and the company took in families, so it was easy to get a job."

Tavis has some involvement with Kennecott as he is currently working as a civil engineer intern for the company. Tavis admits it's a good company to work for, but only if it's in the office and not out in the weather.

"I didn't expect to work at Kennecott, and I certainly didn't plan on it," Tavis said. "It was just a coincidence. I wouldn't mind working here but not as a laborer."

Tavis may be the only member of the family member forsaking blue-collar life. Byron's daughter doesn't mind the idea of getting her hands a little dirty. As a US WEST outside technician, Teisha plans never to spend her time at a desk pushing a pencil.

"I like my job," she said. "The hands-on work is much better than sitting in an office."

Teisha also believes in becoming a part of a big company to guarantee success, a decent wage and good benefits.

"I think you're going to make more (money) if you work for a bigger company than a small one," she said. "You'll have a bigger wage scale and have a more stable job."

Money may be a factor that attracts job-seekers to a specific career. Even work in a heavy industry such as Kennecott may be financially beneficial, but only if it's an office job, Byron said.

Improvements are in the making for increased pay and benefits for many large industry workers, according to Byron. As the "shovel steward" for the mine's union, Byron said negotiations are always at hand but often take years to finalize.