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Top 4 Reasons to Pursue a Career in Construction

As the home building industry celebrates Careers in Construction, we’re sharing the top four reasons to consider a rewarding career in residential construction.

Diversity of Skilled Trades to Consider

A home builder relies on many highly trained workers to get the job done right. This includes dozens of skilled artisans and professionals, including carpenters, architects, engineers, plumbers, electricians, painters, and landscapers. Analysis from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) shows that 70 percent of builders typically use between 11 and 30 subcontractors to build a single-family home. Indeed, there are many different trades you can pursue depending on your personal interests.  

Job Opportunities Across the Country

As the housing market continues to strengthen, home builders across the country are seeking skilled workers, such as carpenters, framers, and roofers, to help them build the American Dream. This means there is many opportunities for motivated students seeking a rewarding career path.

In fact, the residential construction industry is one of the few sectors where demand for new workers is rising. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and NAHB analysis, the number of open construction sector jobs (on a seasonally adjusted basis) increased to 232,000 in July 2017.

Some of the most popular construction trades, including:

  • Electrical
  • Carpentry
  • Painting
  • Masonry
  • HVAC
  • Plumbing

Jobs Satisfaction and Competitive Salaries

Residential construction workers consistently express high job satisfaction and salaries remain competitive with other industries. The top 25% in most construction trades professions earn at least $60,000 annually.

 

Scholarships

The Winnegamie Home Builders Association awards scholarships and tool grants to area students. For more information about the scholarships click here or call WHBA at 920-235-2962.

Construction Program Scholarship Application for the 2018 Application.   pdf WHBA Scholarship Application (216 KB) pdf
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Resources for Students

FVTC Construction Program

Fox Valley Technical College provides high-quality education and training that support student goals, a skilled workforce, and the economic vitality of our communities.

Learn to build or remodel a home from start to finish in this technical diploma program. Gain skills in exterior and interior finishing and frame construction with valuable hands-on experience constructing or remodeling a complete home. You’ll learn how to read blueprints and become familiar with residential building codes. You’ll also gain experience with the tools, machinery and equipment used in this industry. Expert instructors help you develop the work ethic, teamwork, flexibility, and communication skills employers are looking for.

Building the Future
FVTC’s Construction Management Technology and Residential Building Construction programs provide students with the tools they need to build successful careers. Construction Management prepares students for entry-level supervisory positions in residential, commercial, or industrial construction. Residential Building trains students to work as entry-level carpenters for builders, remodelers, and subcontractors in such specialties as estimating and material sales. Both programs are housed at FVTC’s S.J. Spanbauer Training Center in Oshkosh.

Depending on their goals, students can learn to manage construction projects from the ground up or build homes from start to finish. Both programs feature hands-on projects, use sophisticated software, and incorporate principles of sustainable, energy-efficient building design and construction wherever possible. 

Construction Management on the Fast Track
Construction Management Technology is the first and only associate degree training program of its kind in Wisconsin, according to department chair and instructor Rich Cass. All graduates are qualified for such entry-level management or supervisory positions as assistant project managers, assistant construction managers, and project engineers.

Residential Construction Gets Hands-On
Students spend half their week in the classroom learning theory and practicing a specific skill until they perfect it. The other half of the week focuses on working on a phase of a home that the class builds from start to finish. Students do everything a carpenter would, from staking out the house for the excavator to framing and roofing to putting in windows, siding, insulation, and sheetrock. Inside, they install stairs, hardwood floors and crown molding, and other special woodwork.

Over the years, the RBC program has built and sold 20 homes, with all the profits going to the FVTC Foundation for college-wide student scholarships or special projects. The program has enjoyed the support of four trade associations in completing the projects: Winnegamie Home Builders Association, the Fox Valley Construction Management Association, and the Fox Valley Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

Growing Green
Sustainability is a focus of both the Construction Management Technology (CMT) and Residential Building Construction (RBC) programs at FVTC. For example, the CMT program features an entire course in sustainable design and construction that provides an introduction to the Green Building Rating System from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) organization. When students finish the course, they will be prepared to take the LEED Green Associate accreditation exam. With architects and engineers employing sustainability into their designs today, students who have knowledge will have a leg up.

Contact Fox Valley Technical College at 1-800-735-3882, visit www.fvtc.edu or call WHBA 235-2962 for more information.