Starting a Career in Construction

You can begin a Career in Construction in various ways:

High School combined with training in an Industry Approved Career-Technical Program

Students who determine early on that they want a career in construction can attend career-technical high school in carpentry, bricklaying, plumbing, construction electricity, welding and other trades. Graduates are provided with lists of local employers and the employers are provided with names of current graduates. Training in an approved program can make entrance into trade apprenticeship programs easier.

High School followed by training in a State Approved Apprenticeship Program

For those men and women who want to enter construction as a journeyperson, local and state approved Apprenticeship Programs have been established. The programs are normally three to five years and combine on-the-job training with related instruction in a classroom environment. You will be learning much more about the crafts and their related apprenticeship programs in this booklet.

High School followed by Technical School or Associate's Degree Program

There are many two-year programs available for those wishing to enter construction at the management level. All of these programs provide a background in general practices found in the industry and include courses in surveying, drafting, blueprint reading, construction documents, estimating, construction materials and management techniques.

High School followed by College

College programs in construction management, civil engineering and other related programs prepare graduates who are capable of entering corporate and project management positions with a minimum of on-the-job training. Many college programs have evolved from industry liaison groups and are tough yet practical. Competition for these programs can be intense, and classroom space is limited. Many college programs cover areas dealing with materials, mathematics, surveying, construction methods, hydraulics, planning and scheduling, estimating, cost control, accounting, construction law and labor relations.

Advancement after entering the industry depends on your effort and the needs of your employer. More and more projects of every kind are being planned and carried out in almost every part of the world. But remember...the construction industry needs qualified people and a high school diploma is a necessary first measure of quality. Stay in school, get your diploma, then start a career.