Learn what it’s like to work in the construction industry.
Each October there’s a nationwide campaign to inspire the next generation of professionals for the construction industry. Careers in Construction month brings awareness to the vast opportunities the construction industry has available. It’s one of those industries that offers great job stability, provides opportunities for advancement and pays well. And it’s not just those who want to build projects either. There are roles in accounting, human resources, technology, marketing, safety and more that are necessary to run construction companies and projects.
From the office to the field, here's seven different viewpoints of what a career in the construction industry is all about.
“I was lucky enough to come across an entry level job early in my professional career. I even tried leaving for health care and came right back,” said Ashley Nelsen, Accounting Manager. “The people are great — laid back and fun, but still know how to work hard and be professional. My advice to anyone looking at a career in construction is to communicate well and don’t be afraid to get on the phone to have a conversation, treat everyone with respect, and be excited (and willing) to learn from your peers and leaders.”
“The team dynamic necessary in the construction industry is my favorite aspect,” said Becky Hans, Director of Strategic Partnerships. “Everyone wears a different hat, and to be successful you must respect and appreciate each member that makes up the team. It takes many talents, skills and personalities to make a project successful. This industry has a lot to offer. If I wasn’t doing this though, I think being a sportscaster on ESPN or Fox Sports doing sideline interviews with some of the country’s most talented athletes as your career seems amazing. Maybe in the next life.”
“Construction is what I’ve wanted to do since it was little — it’s what my dad does so I guess it runs in the family,” said Heath Hoefener, Foreman. “It’s cool being able to build anything and there’s always something to build so there’s some security. But the best part is seeing the finished product and being able to take pride is something that’s really good.”
“I like to say construction chose me,” explains Haba Manjoro, a field engineer who’s working toward a degree in Construction Management. “I originally wanted to be an electrical engineer, but ended up in some construction classes and loved it. I get to see people’s vision come to life and there’s a good balance between field work and being in the office.”
“As someone who started in the construction industry later in my career, I wish I would’ve chosen it earlier,” said Ceri Klopp, Project Engineer. “I originally went into residential design but got bored doing the same thing over and over again. I like that my role now is so broad, and every day is a different day. The fast-paced work environment and deadlines keep me motivated.”
“While construction has become a 24/7 occupation, I love watching my team and I’s efforts bring a structure to fruition,” explains Mark Lawlor, Senior Project Manager. “I’ve loved construction ever since I was a kid, and if asked to do it all over again, I’d still choose this career. It’s a constantly evolving industry and one where your effort dictates your success. So, whether you’re a designer working on the plans or a carpenter putting work in place, never stop learning and always put your best foot forward.”
“This job can be very demanding, but there’s nothing like the satisfaction of seeing your project come to life and be able to drive by it for years to come,” explains Travis Robertson, Superintendent. “I’ve always enjoyed creating things in my head, putting it on paper and building it in real life. This career is what I’ve always wanted to do. If you’re looking at this industry for a career, a trade school is a great place to get started. But if school isn’t your thing, there are plenty of opportunities to get the on-the-job training and experience you need to succeed.”