Every once in a while something happens at work that pulls you out of the day-to-day grind. Just that happened to me a few weeks ago. I received a letter from a curious 5th grader who was interested in what he would need to do and to learn to become a contractor one day. For other kids out their who may be interested, I thought I would share my response…
Thank you for your letter. We are always happy to hear when young boys and girls are interested in the field of construction.
There are countless jobs within the construction industry, from being a carpenter or mason on a project site, to managing an entire project, to estimating how much each of the building materials will cost. If you are interested in one day working in the construction industry, I would suggest studying very hard in school. You’ll definitely need to have a strong understanding of math, but you’ll also want to be good at communicating because construction projects require a great deal of teamwork.
If you want to manage construction projects or work as a project estimator, you’ll need to attend a four-year college. If you are interested in working on site, as a carpenter, mason or electrician, you will need to serve as an apprentice after high school. That means that you will have to work alongside an individual who has been in the industry for a great deal of time, someone who can “show you the ropes.” This will ensure that you learn the right way to do things in order for everyone to remain safe on the jobsite.
One additional way to learn a little more about the construction industry would be to attend Quarry Quest. It’s an annual event that we co-sponsor that gives children and adults a one-of-a-kind opportunity to tour a working quarry, ride and explore giant construction equipment and participate in a ton of fun, hands-on educational activities. For more information on the event, which will be held on Saturday, September 15th this year, please visit www.quarryquest.com.
I hope this helps you to better understand what it takes to work in the construction industry and I wish you luck as you continue on with school and work toward your dream of becoming a contractor!
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