Q: I am graduating from college (construction engineering), what are my options?
Let’s start with a recent anecdote of a student that recently wrote the carpenter’s test and is a college grad student with great chances of starting his apprenticeship. The company he worked for before joining the union was a position called “field engineer” — it is the position that everyone starts with. It is an assistant or superintendent-like role but you are in charge of surveying.
We have always recommended choosing a company with a job that allows you to gauge what construction technology and field work is all about — rather than sit in the office.
Q: What if I can’t find a job or even at the entry level?
I will say it twice, internship internship. And a third time, INTERNSHIP! There is no better way to gauge your level of interest in a position or field than interning at that job place. Also, it allows an employer to gauge their interest in you as an employee. Would they continue to employ you in the future? Can you apply knowledge gained from a pizza parlour or a tree service company? You decide. Are you passionate about this position? All of these questions can be answered before you dive into a full time placement.
Q: What are the other options of education or placements to better my chances?
The other routes are niches that workers select because they are inclined to work in a field that interests them the most, whether it be inland, on a boat or in a specific niche of construction like business, commercial, industry, or residential development. A recent student took on a job as a surveyor in Alaska to step outside of the box of familiarity and appreciate nature. He has updated us and stated that everything he has learned and done on a daily adjustment basis has been completely unique to the life he previously lived. This acquired knowledge and skill set, even the survival skills he is developing (there was apparently a wolf attack at camp) will harden and prepare Jason for any circumstance the city job site throws at him.
Q: What happened to your old site?
Our old site was taken down for many reasons: we are revamping our curriculum and online database of resources. We are still functional and around but some of our affiliates and resources have either disappeared, moved on or folded. The industry changes rapidly, and so does the online world, and we must keep up.
Q: When will your new site be up?
Our net site will be fully operational by mid-year. That is our target and our team is working hard to develop it through. All questions can be taken here.