Construction Career Day Held in Texas

Over 500 students had the opportunity to use crane and equipment simulators, view demonstrations and meet with perspective employers

On November 2, 2011, NCCER's Build Your Future (BYF) campaign teamed up with the Construction Education Foundation of North Texas, North Lake College and TEXO to hold a Construction Career Day event highlighting National Careers in Construction Week. This inaugural event brought over 900 people together all focused on narrowing the skills gap of America's youth by bringing the construction industry and education together.

Over 500 students from school Regions 10 and 11 in North Texas had the opportunity to use crane and equipment simulators, view welding demonstrations and meet with perspective employers.

"The event had just the right mix of excitement, information and activity to engage the students and prompt them to consider their opportunities in the construction industry. The students were very enthusiastic and engaged the various contractors with questions as the contractors demonstrated various aspects of their businesses. The students left with a much better understanding of the sophistication and planning that's required in building construction today and learned how they might enter and develop their own careers in the construction industry," said Mark Nyquist, Chairman and CEO of DynaTen Corporation.

Students also had the opportunity to speak with and get autographs from David Starr, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver #81.

Sponsoring organizations:

TEXO and ASA, CAT, Grainger, Haskell, ISN, Judgment Index, Lincoln Electric, NACB, NCCER, ProvTM, Snap On – Bahco, Western Data System, Zachry. And our local sponsors: Abstract Construction, Aguirre Roden, Armstrong, AUI, Austin Commercial, Azteca Omega Group, Baker Triangle, Balfour Beatty, Big D Metal, Brandt, City Wide Mechanical, CMC Rebar, Cummings Electric, Dee Brown Inc, DynaTen Mechanical, Everest College, Fluor, GCC Enterprises, Inc., Griffith Nixon Davison, P.C., H.E. Wright & Co., Inc., Hensel Phelps, Hilti Tools, Humphrey & Associates, KPost Company, Marek Brothers, M.C. Dean Electrical Contractors, McCarthy Building, MEDCO, Mullis, Newby, Hurst, LP, Pearson, Polk Mechanical, Potter Structures, LTD, Rogers O'Brien, Sedalco, SkiHi Mechanical, Southwest Construction Services, Speed Fab-Crete, TD Industries, The Beck Group, Thomas Feldman & Wilshusen, and W.B. Kibler Construction.