Thursday, February 22, 2018

A Construction Training Program Increasing the Skilled Labor Pool

At the Buckeye Hills Career Center in Rio Grande, Ohio, they seek to train students for work that is readily available and necessary in their area. The Construction Trades Academy educates students to build, maintain, and repair a wide variety of buildings and their systems.

The building trades program teaches students how to work in the construction field, from foundations to roofing and everything in between. They earn real world experience constructing a modular home in the program to learn how to lay foundations, build walls, frame roofs, full wiring, and to use a variety of hand and power tools. Students also learn to read blueprints, survey land, and about material and job site safety.

“We learn everything from masonry to roofing,we teach kids to work on all aspects of residential housing,” said Instructor Duane Bing.

Students in the building trades program have the opportunity to be certified nationally in carpentry and building trades through the National Center for Construction Education and Research as well as Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

“I like to build things, I want to start my own construction business someday,” said student Derek Murray.

The other major construction program is the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, Plumbing, and Electrical systems and repair (HVAC). Here students learn to install, repair, and service systems commonly found in homes and businesses. Students are prepared for work in a number of different fields upon graduation; plumbing, electrical, and contract work installing HVAC systems.

“There are a lot of good job opportunities, I can go anywhere in America and work,” said Derek Miller.

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