Careers in Construction
- Construction Career Path
- Programs and Resource Links
- ACE Mentor Program
- Construction Career Days
- AGC Student Chapters
- Associated Schools of Construction Student Competition
- Accrediated Colleges and Universities
- College Resume Connection
Why Choose a Career in the Construction Industry?
- Building schools, hospitals, bridges and roads all stay in the U.S. You can’t ship them oversees.
- Each year the United States adds more than $600 billion worth of new construction projects such as new hospitals, schools, highways, bridges, homes, office buildings, stores, etc. That's about 10% of America's Gross Domestic Product.
- The construction industry ranks among the top 10 largest sources of employment growth in our country, and it is estimated that the industry will have to recruit and train 240,000 new craft professionals each year to keep up with the growing demand.
- Aging work force (average is 47 years old) - More jobs than students graduating now and in the future.
- The construction industry is the second largest employer in the U.S., second only to all government employees including the armed forces.
- Motivated graduates can easily move up the management ladder.
- You can choose your work environment - inside or outside or both.
For a printable version, click on the Construction Career Path Chart below.
- Student and Teacher Resources - National Building Mueseum
- Construction Powerpoint for Elementary School - Players in Construction (MEMBERS ONLY) Contact Brendan Manning at the AGC for member resources at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Middle and High School:
Those Amazing Builders - 4-color construction career handout by Trilogy Publications
Construction Careers Video - from the National Center for Construction Education & Research
- GO! Transportation Careers - Go! is a free, online magazine for teens and young adults that explores the world of transportation and the careers they can find there.
- Construct My Future - Construction careers website for students, parents and teachers.
- Career Guide to Industries – Bureau of Labor Statistics (Construction) - Middle and High School
Career Direction in Architecture, Construction, and Engineering
What is ACE?
Originally started in 1994 in New York City by Dr. Charles Thornton of Thornton-Tomasetti, ACE (Architecture, Construction and Engineering) is a unique partnership of schools and universities, architects, interior designers, engineers, construction companies, professional organizations, and related corporations. The companies all share the desire to provide career direction to interested high school students. These community-minded companies are leaders in their fields; many have national and international reputations.
The companies join into teams and "adopt" a group of twenty to thirty students for the duration of a school year. Once organized, they meet for a few hours every other week. The teams are organized like a real-life construction project. For example, a team might include a corporate "owner," an architectural firm, a construction company, and an engineering firm.
Each company provides one to two mentors. The mentors are successful designers and contractors who can give students a taste of what it is like to work in these fields and help them decide what they want to do.
For more information visit www.acementor.org
What Are They All About?
Construction Career Days are about Youth, the Construction Industry, and Partnerships of volunteers.
Youth is vital to the construction industry. Today's high school students represent the pool of workers from which the construction industry will recruit its future workforce. Construction Career Days expose high school students and adults to rewarding and diverse careers in the industry. The events offer students a career option that they otherwise may not have been aware of.
The Construction Industry is facing a severe shortage of skilled workers. If not addressed, the shortage will increase, affecting quality, safety, and our industry's overall ability to compete in building the infrastructure needed by an ever-growing population. The construction industry does not enjoy a visible and positive image among youth. Construction Career Days are designed to educate our youth about a friendlier and more professional industry that cares about them and their future.
Partnerships between industry, government, and education at the national, state and local levels are critical to improving the quality of life in our communities. Construction Career Days are strongly based on partnerships of volunteers working together for youth, industry and community. Career Day partnerships reach beyond planning and conducting events on career days. These partnerships also work towards enhancing career technology education, developing curricula that better prepare students for careers in the industry and increasing the diversity of the construction industry workforce.
Construction Career Days are events devised to introduce high school students to the vast career opportunities and unlimited potential for advancement within the construction industries.
Supervised by professional operators, students participate in hands-on activities including the excitement of operating heavy equipment such as backhoes, bulldozers, excavators, front loaders and skid steers.
Exhibitors display the newest technologically advanced equipment that is utilized in constructing highways and buildings. Also, the latest high-tech tools used to build today's modern structures are exhibited. Skilled trades people demonstrate crafts such as brick laying, cement finishing, welding, plumbing, electrical installation, material testing and pipe laying. Colleges and employers make themselves available to discuss the process of career and educational advancement.
For more information visit the Construction Career Days Website
For more information on Construction Career Days and how you can participate, please contact Brendan Manning at AGC NYS at 518-456-1134 or via e-mail at email@example.com
The AGC of NYS provides continued support to Civil Engineering, Construction Management, Construction Technology and Diesel Technology Programs through on-going outreach, student grants and scholarships.
- Alfred State College
- Clarkson University
- Hudson Valley Community College
- Monroe Community College
- New York City Technical College
- Pratt Institute
- Rochester Institute of Technology
- SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry
- SUNY College of Technology at Farmingdale
- SUNY Delhi
- Tompkins Cortland Community College
- University at Buffalo, SUNY
- Utica College
Vocational-technical, two-year and four-year schools with a construction degree program are eligible to form a chapter. Student Chapters generally engage in such activities as participation in the Associated Schools of Construction regional management competition, field trips to members' job site, and community projects and campus construction projects.
Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) - Region 1 - Construction Management Competition http://region1.ascweb.org/
For over 20 years the Northeast region of the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) - Region 1 has held an annual faculty conference and student construction management competition.
Over 100 Students from 15+ schools from Maine to Virginia and west to Pennsylvania compete in this 2-day event. Region 1 holds three competitions: Heavy Highway, Commercial Building, and Design-Build.
As part of the event, the ASC hosts a Job Fair for the students to be able to meet and greet with industry representatives. For $2000, companies can set up a job fair booth, receive a digital copy of the students resumes who attend the competition. Contact Brendan Manning at the AGC NYS to take part in the event at firstname.lastname@example.org
The industry has two major accrediting bodies for Civil Engineering, Civil Technology, Construction Technology and Construction Management Programs. They are the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and American Council for Construction Education (ACCE). Visit ABET at www.abet.org and ACCE at http://www.acce-hq.org/ for a list of schools that are accredited.
The AGC NYS in conjunction with their AGC student chapters will assist college students by posting and distributing resume to the AGC membership.
To take part in this service please contact Brendan Manning at email@example.com