Students train for construction jobs

Posted at 8:53 AM, Jun 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-29 08:53:32-04

Local students have a chance to train for much in-demand construction jobs thanks to a collaboration between Eaton RESA and AIS Construction. FOX 47's Lora Painter takes a closer look at the end-of-the-year testing where students perform a number of different construction and mechanical tasks to demonstrate their understanding of some fundamental skills.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics found new jobs in these fields will increase by 11% or nearly 800, 000 jobs over the next few years. Students can help solve a growing problem in construction-- a lack of skilled professionals able to be hired. The heavy equipment program is one of Eaton RESA's several "off campus" programs where students learn safety, maintenance, and operation techniques while also shadowing local working professionals. Students can also potentially earn college credit and certificates.