"We Build Life Changing Infrastructure! At Petticoat-Schmitt Civil Contractors, we take pride in being a professional, courteous, and quality-focused company. We strive to create a positive atmosphere for our clients and team-members, so that together we can meet the needs of the communities we serve.

Our areas of specialization include construction services for public works, water resources, and site development. Since 2007, we have successfully worked with numerous private and government organizations to help build the life changing infrastructure that positively impacts our communities."

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Pipe Foreman

Lead a crew in the installation of underground utilities; water mains, fire mains, sewer mains and storm drains. 

Perform / train the essential job functions for any position on the pipe crew.


Excavator Operator

Knowledge of the excavator/backhoe loading requirements, load charts and critical picks. Excavate ponds, ditches and trenches. Rig, lift, swing and set precast structures and pipe materials

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Install and join pipes for underground utilities; water mains, sewer mains and storm drains. Backfill pipe trenches. Rig and set precast structures and pipe materials. 


Public Works

Whether you need public roadways, or utilities such as drainage, water, or sewer, Petticoat-Schmitt makes your project easier to manage and complete.

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Water Resources

Your water and wastewater treatment plant projects are in good hands with Petticoat-Schmitt where everyone

Site Development

This includes our private projects that consist of single family subdivisions, multifamily projects, commercial, industrial, retail and other site projects.


Learn more about how Petticoat-Schmitt can help you minimize problems and maximize profits on your construction projects.



NUCA Top Jobs 2019 Finalist: Water or Sewer Treatment Plant

NUCA Top Jobs

2019 Finalist: Excavation/Site Development

NUCA Top Jobs 2018 Category Winner: Water or Sewer Treatment Plant

NUCA Top Jobs 2018 Finalist: Electric Power

NUCA Top Jobs 2015 Finalist: Excavation/Site Development

NUCA Ditch Digger Of The Year Awards: Ryan Schmitt 2010 & 2012

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Fastest growing company – Jacksonville Biz Journal, 2018

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Best places to work – Jacksonville Biz Journal, 2018



“Good communication and performance. Team work is good.” JEA

Frequently asked questions

How do you track your progress on a job?

During our weekly Operations Meetings, we analyze every project and measure our progress according to the master schedule of all other projects to see where we stand. We look at our positive or negative float, and if we’re behind schedule, we identify what we need to do to get back on track.

How do you know if team members in the field are on target?

We utilize software that allows every Foreman to enter his time for his team, equipment, and other resources, and quickly see whether or not he is on budget. Every activity on a job is very detailed and production plans help us see how each team is going to do the next day so they can execute the work to meet the plan. Every single team member knows if they’re in the black or red for the budget for the particular activity they’re working on that day, so they can identify ways to ramp up their productivity if needed.

How do you train your team?

We start training our team the very first day they report to work through a full-day orientation that starts with the history and culture of the company, and spends the bulk of the day training on safety. Additionally, we have “Micro Mondays” every week where everyone in the entire company receives a 10-15 minute video lesson that relates to any facet of our business. We also offer management training to new managers, specific trainings in safety such as First Aid and CPR, and lunch-n-learns that teach about pump specifications, geo-technical testing and reports, software, and any topic that is going to help our team get better and grow.

How do you communicate with your team so everyone’s on the same page?

We engage in a variety of on-going communication activities including a weekly email that goes out to the entire company and shares highlights, opportunities, the things we’ve accomplished, and brief summaries on each project. The President, Ryan Schmitt, also sends a monthly video with highlights and shout-outs. To help with communication across the company, we are using Microsoft Teams and are working on an internal app. Additionally, we present our quarterly business plans, have ACT breakfasts every other Friday for the entire company, and hold an annual anniversary party where we review our accomplishments, recognize people for doing outstanding work, and talk about the goals for the upcoming year.

How do you make sure the entire company is incentivized to perform well?

We are very focused on Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). We track and measure KPIs for safety, production, and quality control, just to name a few. These are measured weekly and when we perform well, we have incentives that are project-based. Our “Win the Day” and “Win the Project” programs offer incentives for labor hours saved and being ahead of budget, respectively. And, our “Win the Year” program is company-wide so that if we hit a certain milestone of profitability, there’s a portion of every dollar that goes in the incentive pool which is shared across the entire company. All of these are based on very strict metrics of success, and we love it when our people WIN!



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Corporate Office

6380 Philips Highway 

Jacksonville, FL 32216

Tel: 904-751-0888

Fax: 904-751-0988

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