Finding A Career in Construction
In contribution with Naarah Holloway
Here at Milestone, we are dedicated to being the best team in the construction industry. Each day we grow and reinforce our reputation for exceeding expectations. Our most valuable resource is our hardworking team who works together to make a difference in the world. If you enjoy problem solving, learning, and building things that matter, then a career in the construction industry may be a fit for you. Having a career in the trade sector offers great career opportunities and provides good pay and stability. The construction industry is in high demand of skilled workers who are interested in opportunities to grow.
Why Choose a Career in Construction?
The construction industry is constantly evolving with new technology and opportunities, yet it remains a stable, in-demand career path. Within the construction industry, it is one of the few professions where you can work directly after high school, advance quickly, and make a decent wage with good perks. A few benefits within the industry are that it can be personally rewarding, you’ll be a part of a team, and there is always something new.
Roles in the Construction Industry
The construction industry consistently seeks and develops the next generation of professionals. The companies are looking to employ hard-working, dedicated individuals across a multitude of skill sets and there are many types of roles to consider.
Laborers build and repair roads and are typically employed on-site from the day a project begins until the day it is completed. Their work can range from small one-day jobs to large multi-year construction projects. Laborers tend to enjoy working with their hands outside, while interpreting construction plans and operating various equipment.
Operating engineers or equipment operators run and maintain a variety of powerful equipment including bulldozers, backhoes, large power shovels, cranes, and more. Operators must have strong coordination and judgment to perform complex tasks on the job.
Truck drivers transport materials to construction sites and operate vehicle equipment to load, secure, and unload materials. They also may assist in loading, securing, and unloading the truck manually. Roles require commercial driver’s licenses (CDL) along with on-the-job training hours.
Foreman and Superintendent
Operations management roles like foreman and superintendent are responsible for ensuring projects and products are delivered safely, efficiently, and on time. These roles lead and manage teams to ensure job site safety, productivity, and more while managing resources like equipment and expenses.
Engineers in construction are involved in planning, design, operation, and management of projects, and they ensure the job gets done safely, efficiently, and according to plan. They are problem solvers who are concerned with both the detail and general applications of their work in relation to the overall construction project.
The construction industry is filled with opportunitiesfrom the technical roles listed above to office roles including sales, marketing, human resources, finance, accounting and more. To explore Heritage Construction + Materials job openings visit heritagebuilds.com/careers/open-positions/