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BUILD YOUR FUTURE

Construction careers in today's market are in high demand and are all about high-tech skills, huge earning potential and the opportunity to advance in a meaningful career. A career in the construction industry is a great way to BUILD YOUR FUTURE!

FROM APPRENTICE TO CEO

The Path is Up to You

When you begin a construction career, 

you get paid a salary while you learn!

Imagine it. While many people struggle with how to pay for a college education, you'll make a competitive salary while learning invaluable skills with no student debt. 

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By beginning a career in construction, you are employed by a company where you receive paid on-the-job or even in the classroom training to learn your trade. You receive college credits while training and your tuition is free thanks to your employer. 

 

While many people struggle with how to pay for a college education, construction careers offer an answer: You graduate with life-long job mobility, skills that you can take anywhere, and debt free. 

There are few industries that offer you the opportunity to Earn While You Learn.

 

Welcome to the world of construction!

 

which construction career is right for you?

Welder

​Average Annual Wage: $71,067

Education Required:
High School Diploma, GED or equivalent

Are you detail-oriented and enjoy creating something from nothing?

If so, you should become a welder!

  • Join objects together by applying heat or pressure using metal or plastic fabricating equipment/machinery

  • Use blueprints and drawings to build anything from ships to cars to bridges

  • Concentrate on detailed work to create something from nothing or repair something

Pipefitter

Average Annual Wage: $69,697

 

Education Required:
High School Diploma, GED or equivalent

Are you a little bit of a perfectionist? Do you enjoy reading plans and making something useful? If so, consider a career as a pipefitter!

  • Plan and install detailed pipe systems for commercial and industrial projects. These pipes may carry water, chemicals or gases to the crucial building systems

  • Use many tools to cut and bend pipes to exact specifications

Electrician

Average Annual Wage: $67,269

Education Required:

High School Diploma, GED or equivalent

Do you enjoy problem solving & working with your hands? 

If so, you should consider a career as an electrician!

  • Design, install, maintain and troubleshoot electrical components and wiring for a variety of systems, from overall power systems and lighting to systems that operate machinery

  • Utilize logical thinking and math skills to interpret prints and accurately calculate electrical systems

  • Operate a variety of tools and use the National Electrical Code to comply with safety requirements

  • Utilize innovative advances such as alternative energy systems, electronic systems technology, and programmable logic controllers

HVAC Technician

Average Annual Wage: $62,472

Education Required:

High School Diploma, GED or equivalent

Do you enjoy problem solving & repairing things? 

If so, you should consider a career as an HVAC Technician!

  • Install, service, and repair heating and air conditioning systems in residences and commercial establishments

  • Solve problems and operating errors and determine how to fix them

  • Repair machines and perform routine maintenance to offer the highest quality of service

  • Weigh the costs and benefits of your actions to make important decisions

Plumber

Average Annual Wage: $59,627

Education Required:

High School Diploma, GED or equivalent

Are you always tinkering with objects? Do people ask for your help with fixing mechanical things? If so, you should think about a career in plumbing!

Plumbers do much more than fix sinks and toilets in residential homes. 

  • Design, install and repair piping systems (including those connected to washers, bathtubs, sinks, toilets, and heating and cooling systems) that distribute water and remove waste from buildings

  • Interpret and understand the Plumbing Code to ensure proper installation and safety

  • Utilize critical thinking and math skills to interpret prints and troubleshoot in the service of various plumbing systems

Sheet Metal Worker

​Average Annual Wage: $58,160

Education Required:
High School Diploma, GED or equivalent

Are you a visual person? Do you enjoy mechanics and fitting puzzles together?

If so, you should become a sheet metal worker!

  • Cut and mold sheets of metal into components for installing heating, ventilation and air distribution systems

  • Operate computerized fabrication machines such as plasma cutters, brakes, presses and forming rolls to cut, bend, block and form sheet metal

  • Solve challenging problems with highly technical layouts, prints and specifications using math and critical thinking

Carpenter

Average Annual Wage: $56,877

Education Required:
High School Diploma, GED or equivalent

Do you have the ability to solve problems quickly and accurately? 

If so, consider a career as a carpenter!

  • Construct, erect, or repair wooden frameworks or structures

  • Read specifications in blueprints, sketches or building plans

  • Prepare project layouts and determine dimensions and materials required

  • Shape or cut materials to specified measurements using hand tools, machines, and/or power saws

  • Install structures and fixtures, such as windows, frames, flooring, and trim, or hardware

Insulator

Average Annual Wage: $52,624

Education Required:

High School Diploma, GED or equivalent.

Do you enjoy fixing problems that help the environment and others?

If so, you should consider a career as an insulator!

  • Install insulation systems on piping, plumbing, HVAC systems, equipment and other processing systems in new construction

  • Retrofit and maintenance projects in the commercial and industrial industry

  • Follow safety procedures and use power tools and other equipment

Craft Laborer

Average Annual Wage: $38,890

Education Required:
Must be 18 years or older

Do you enjoy working with your hands and prefer to not be stuck in an office? 

If so, consider a career as a craft laborer!

  • Construct, erect, or repair wooden frameworks or structures

  • Read specifications in blueprints, sketches or building plans

  • Prepare project layouts and determine dimensions and materials required

  • Shape or cut materials to specified measurements using hand tools, machines, and/or power saws

  • Install structures and fixtures, such as windows, frames, flooring, and trim, or hardware

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Future career opportunities

Superintendent

Average Annual Wage: $99,590

Education Required:

High School Diploma, GED or equivalent. On the Job Training, Professional Certification

Do you enjoy enhancing your leadership skills? 

If so, you may have the potential to become a superintendent...

  • On large construction projects, the superintendent’s job is to run the day-to-day operations on the construction site and control the short-term schedule.

  • The role of the superintendent also includes important quality control and subcontractor coordination responsibilities.

  • A foreman has years of experience in a particular trade who is charged with organizing the overall construction of a particular project for a particular contractor.

Project Manager

Average Annual Wage: $92,523

Education Required:

Bachelors Degree or Equivalent Work Experience

Do others seek your guidance to complete group assignments or project-based tasks? Transfer these leadership skills to the construction industry through project management.

 

  • Project managers are essential to completing projects on time and on budget.

  • Their duties can include planning, coordinating, budgeting and supervising construction projects from development to completion.

  • Project managers usually spend most of their time on site where they monitor projects and make daily decisions about construction activities.

Estimator

Average Annual Wage: $58,860

Education Required:

High School Diploma, GED or equivalent. On the Job Training, Professional Certification

Do you enjoy looking at sports statistics about a player or a team and figuring out how those stats will impact the game? If so, estimating is the perfect job for you...

  • Estimators figure out how much time, money, materials, and labor is needed to build a high-rise, a house, or any type of construction project. 

  • Estimators typically Identify factors affecting costs, such as production time, materials, and labor by reading blueprints or technical documents and meeting with engineers, architects and contractors to prepare estimates.

  • Estimators recommend ways to reduce costs and work with sales teams to prepare estimates and bids for clients.

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*Average annual wages according to the 2018 Construction Craft Salary Survey and do not include overtime or company incentives.