Construction – Educational Training and Career Options
Training in any area of the construction industry requires a high-level of hands-on training and technical skills. The work completed inside programs covers professional work in depth to prepare students to enter careers in as little as two years. Depending on the career goals of student's education may take less time than that. The training options consist of completing a certificate or associate's degree program. Possible training areas include:
- Heavy Equipment Operation
- Electrician and Energy Trades
- Home Inspection
Students learn about several career-specific areas by attending courses in computer aided drafting, masonry, electrical theory, and blueprint reading. Choosing programs should be based on whether or not they provide the knowledge needed to enter careers.
Programs focus almost exclusively on the technical skills required for careers. For example, training inside carpentry programs teaches students the building codes and typical layouts for a variety of home and business settings. Construction drawings and safety plans are discussed in theory courses that prepare students for fieldwork experience. Many programs at both the levels of training give students the opportunity to work with companies and gain practical training. This is typically referred to as internships and most educational programs incorporate courses like this into their training. Students complete training understanding how to use the industry's hand tools and materials to construct homes and perform repairs.
Another possible training and career choice is plumbing. Educational training explores the best practices used to install and fix plumbing systems that align with industry standard regulations and laws. Programs focus on these procedures and prepare students to understand the different areas that contribute to professional work. These often include maintaining the cooling, heating, and ventilation systems that are used to transport water and other liquids. Water pump use, blueprint reading, propane gas, residential plumbing, and piping are some common course areas explored in depth. Students can enter several careers related to this type of education. Career possibilities consist of becoming an HVAC technician, plumber, pipelayer, or pipefitter.
Students can also enter programs in construction that focus on heavy equipment operation, home inspection, masonry, and more. Every program possibility develops experienced professionals that can step confidently into careers. Electrician and energy trade programs, for example, are concerned with the proper installation and maintenance of electrical systems. This includes industrial, residential, and commercial buildings. Students that complete training need to be aware of any certification requirements involving their area of expertise. Students that obtain certification improve their chances of obtaining careers inside this competitive field.
Students should begin accredited construction training that is approved by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) and other accrediting agencies and enter the careers of their choice. Quality training opportunities are available at multiple colleges throughout the country and all of them train students to become successful professionals.
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