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Building Yourself a Career in the Construction Industry

by Tim Brunicardi on September 1, 2018

According to a recent report from Fox Business, 80% of U.S. construction firms aren’t able to fill both hourly and salaried positions with qualified job applicants.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 263,000 job openings in the construction industry as of last July. As a result from the worker shortage, cost of projects and the price of properties have all been impacted. The following hourly and salaried positions will see an increase in wages:

Hourly Positions & Median Pay

  • Pipe layers = $16.71
  • Sheet metal workers = $25.05
  • Carpenters = $23.86
  • Concrete workers = $7.25 - $37.40

Salaried Positions & Median Pay:

  • Project managers/supervisors = $117,786
  • Engineers = $40,000
  • Estimating personnel = $74,000

Where Can I Get the Training I Need to Get One of These Jobs?

Hocking College has a Construction Management: Carpentry program. In only four semesters, you could earn your degree in an Associate of Technical Study in Construction Management - Carpentry and become a part of this lucrative industry.

What Are Some Advantages of the Program?

Making the decision to attend Hocking College will provide students pursuing that degree with the following advantages:

  • Qualified instructors with years of experience, as well as smaller class sizes that allow students more on_DSC0205e-on-one time with their instructors.
  • Hands-on, specialized training that teaches students how to recognize, develop, and exhibit basic carpentry skills.
  • Specialized training in Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) enforced safety standards, local and federal government regulations, and how to create and execute an OSHA-approved safety program.
  • Additional training in the following related areas: Planning, estimating, reading blueprints, scheduling, and the execution of commercial/residential carpentry projects.
  • Insight into the following career options: Construction Estimator, Sales Manager, Purchasing Manager, Independent Contractor, Crew Foreman, and Carpenter.
  • Training in the following techniques: Basic wood framing methods, interior and exterior finishes, concrete forming, placing and finishing, and non-structural steel framing.
  • Instruction on how to create a construction schedule, using spreadsheets to organize and calculate data, and prepare a project bid.
  • Options to earn forklift and scissor lift certifications, an OSHA Construction Safety 30 Hour Card, and a commercial driver’s license.
  • Chances to work on actual projects designed to teach students the step-by-step method of seeing a project from conception to completion.
  • Courses like Cornerstone that teach job search techniques to help students develop their resume writing skills.
  • Knowledge pertaining to how to use various avenues, including contractual methods to networking themselves into the job market.
  • The opportunity to be eligible for employment in the construction management/ skilled craftwork industry immediately after graduation.

To find out more about Hocking College’s Construction Management: Carpentry program, download the eBook here.

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