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Carpenter

If you like to…

• Be physically active
• Be creative
• Be outdoors
• Solve problems
• Work under pressure
• Work with numbers and details

…then you may just have a future as a Carpenter.

Carpenters are responsible for interpreting and implementation of the architect’s/draftsman’s building plans. They erect the “skeleton” and are responsible for the structure of a home. Commercial and industrial carpenters construct, erect, install and repair structures and fixtures – from buildings to highways and bridges to power plants.

Salary range: $25k to $72k to $150k
Education: High school or GED; 3-4 years of apprenticeship experience

Concrete Worker

If you like to…

• Be physically active
• Be around people
• Be outdoors
• Be creative

…then you may just have a future as a Concrete Worker.

Concrete Workers plan and set up the space that needs concrete poured, then pour the concrete and finish it. They also repair concrete in addition to installing new concrete. Concrete Workers must know how to use certain tools, work well with their team, and take initiative as they often work without much supervision.

Salary range: $25k to $60k to $80k
Education: High school or GED; apprenticeship

Craft / Construction Laborer

If you like to…

• Be physically active
• Be outdoors
• Solve problems

…then you may just have a future as a  Craft Laborer.

Construction Laborers perform many basic tasks on construction sites and mostly work full time. Some work at great heights or outdoors in all weather conditions. This occupation would be a great way to get your foot in the door to other career opportunities in the construction industry.

Salary range: $23k to $38k to $68k
Education: High School education and apprenticeship programs, colleges, and technical schools

Drywall Contractor

If you like to…

• Be physically active
• Be around people
• Solve problems

…then you may just have a future as a Drywall Contractor.

Drywall Contractors pick up where framing and insulation left off. Once everything that needs to go inside the walls is in, the Drywall Contractors come in. They measure, cut and install drywall that makes up the walls of a house.

Salary range: $20k to $50k to $120k
Education: High school or GED and apprenticeship

Energy Engineer

If you like to…

• If you like to…
• Be around people
• Do research
• Be creative
• Solve problems
• Find trends and patterns
• Use technology

…then you may just have a future as an Energy Engineer.

Energy Engineers oversee anything and everything relating to energy while building a home. From monitoring energy consumption to conducting assessments and audits, they make sure the home meets energy standards and look for ways to reduce energy consumption.

Salary range: $50k to $78k to $93k
Education: Bachelor’s degree and often licensing

Geo-technical Engineer

If you like to…

• Do research
• Be outdoors
• Find trends and patterns
• Use technology

…then you may just have a future as a Geo-technical Engineer.

Geo-technical Engineers, a.k.a. Soil Scientists, have to know the “dirt” on dirt. They evaluate soil to understand the environmental impact of building a house or building on a specific piece of land. Geo-technical engineering utilizes the disciplines of rock and soil mechanics to investigate subsurface conditions. Geo-technical engineering evaluations also include a review of the geologic conditions. These investigations are used to design and build foundations, earth structures, and pavement sub-grades.

Salary range: $48k to $72k to $140k
Education: Bachelor’s degree and professional license & certifications

Heavy Machine Operator

If you like to…

• Be physically active
• Be around people
• Be outdoors
• Problem solve
• Work under pressure
• Enjoy math

…then you may just have a future as a Heavy Machine Operator.

Heavy Machine Operators know how to use a variety of machines — from jackhammers to dump truck to bulldozers. Being a Heavy Machine Operator is physically demanding, and the work is mostly outdoors in various weather conditions and locations.

Salary range: $28k to $60k to $80k
Education: High school or GED; apprenticeship program or post-secondary program

Ironworker

If you like to…

• Be physically active
• Be around people
• Be outdoors
• Solve problems
• Work under pressure
• Work with math and details
• Use technology

…then you may just have a future as a Ironworker.

Ironworking is the ultimate in hands-on construction. Ironworkers place and install iron or steel girders, columns and other construction materials to form the infrastructure all around us. Ironworkers must always be paying attention to details to check vertical and horizontal alignment with plumb bobs, laser equipment, transits or levels – then they bolt or weld the piece permanently in place.

Salary range: $30k to $51k to $90k
Education: High school education, apprenticeship programs, colleges, and technical schools

Mason

If you like to…

• Be physically active
• Be outdoors
• Solve problems

…then you may just have a future as a Mason.

Masons read and interpret blueprints so that they can cut and measure materials such as bricks, pavers, or stone to the appropriate size. They then install the materials, enhancing the overall aesthetics of the home.

Salary range: $36k to $47k to $63k
Education: High school or GED and apprenticeship or 1-year training program

Millwright

If you like to…

• Be around people
• Do research
• Be outdoors
• Troubleshoot and solve problems
• Work under pressure

…then you may just have a future as a Millwright.

Millwrights work on construction sites and in factories assembling and disassembling machinery. This work can involve intricate technical repairs or heavy machining tools, depending on the project. Millwrights have to be able to understand technical manuals for many different types of machines as well as have a high level of problem-solving skills.

Salary range: $33k to $58k to $78k
Education: High school education, apprenticeship programs, colleges, and technical schools

Mobile Crane Operator

If you like to…

• Be physically active
• Be around people
• Be outdoors
• Solve problems
• Work under pressure
• Work with numbers

…then you may just have a future as a Mobile Crane Operator.

Mobile Crane Operators use state-of-the-art heavy machinery to move construction materials, earth and even petroleum products over short distances. A series
of joysticks, levers and pedals allow the operator to use his or her knowledge of load calculations to place materials around a construction site.

Salary range: $32k to $60k to $94k
Education: High school education, apprenticeship programs, colleges, and technical schools

Pipeline Operator

If you like to…

• Be physically active
• Be around people
• Be indoors and outdoors
• Solve problems
• Work under pressure
• Work with numbers
• Use technology

…then you may just have a future as a Pipeline Operator.

The pipeline industry has a wide range of opportunities, so whether you are looking to work with state-of-the-art technology in a control center, or travel as a service unit operator maintaining wells, there is a career for you. The derricks, pumps, and drilling systems that make up a pipeline system are made up of advanced machinery and require strict qualifications and safety practices. Other craft professionals such as Pipefitters and Welders can also use their skills in the pipeline industry.

Salary range: $38k to $62k to $90k
Education: Apprenticeship programs, colleges, and technical schools

Rigger

If you like to…

• Be outdoors
• Interested in practical physics
• Be around people
• Solve problems

…then you may just have a future as a Rigger.

Riggers attach loads of construction equipment to cranes or structures using cables, pulleys and winches. Quick load calculations are necessary for each load and engineering principles are always in play. Riggers use various suspension techniques to get their load around obstacles on a construction site to the desired location.

Salary range: $28k to $38k to $81k
Education: High school, apprenticeship programs, colleges, and technical schools

Roofer

If you like to…

• Be around people
• Be physically active
• Be outdoors
• Solve problems

…then you may just have a future as a Roofer.

Roofers use a variety of materials to build roofs and other surfaces. These materials include hot and cold applied built-up roofing and waterproofing, asphalt shingles, tile and other materials that protect surfaces from the outside elements. Teamwork is essential, as roofers work in crews.

Salary range: $25k to $36k to $60k
Education: Apprenticeship programs, colleges, and technical schools

Sheet Metal Worker

If you like to…

• Be physically active
• Be around people
• Be indoors
• Solve problems
• Work under pressure
• Work with numbers
• Use technology

…then you may just have a future as a Sheet Metal Worker.

Sheet Metal Workers cut and mold sheets of metal into products for installing and repairing ventilation and air ducts. They also construct airplanes, automobiles and billboards. Most sheet metal fabrication shops are completely computerized, so Sheet Metal Workers may be responsible for programming control systems on various pieces of equipment.

Salary range: $26k to $48k to $81k
Education: Two to three years of classroom and on-the-job training

Structural Engineer

If you like to…

• Do research
• Be creative
• Solve problems
• Find trends and patterns

…then you may just have a future as a Structural Engineer.

Structural Engineers take the architect’s design and decide what the best materials (steel, concrete, etc.) are to use given information like location or weather. They essentially make sure the “bones” of the house are appropriate for the environment it is being built in order to keep it standing.

Salary range: $60k to $78k to $120k
Education: Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or structural engineering and professional licensing

Tower Crane Operator

If you like to…

• Be physically active
• Be outdoors
• Solve problems
• Use math and technology

…then you may just have a future as a Tower Crane Operator.

Tower Crane Operators use their knowledge of load calculations and crane operations to hoist heavy materials off the ground and to significant heights. They must have endurance, agility, and physical coordination, as well as great hand/ eye coordination.

Salary range: $32k to $60k to $94k
Education: High school education, apprenticeship programs, colleges, and technical schools

Welder

If you like to…

• Be physically active
• Solve problems
• Use math and technology
• Work under pressure

…then you may just have a future as a Welder.

Welders join objects together by applying heat or pressure. Skilled welders have a thorough knowledge of welding principals and metals. They use blueprints and drawings to build anything from ships to cars to bridges. Welders are also crucial in maintaining power plants of all types and have the opportunity to travel throughout the year.

Salary range: $25k to $35k to $50k
Education: Apprenticeship programs, colleges, and technical schools

Wind Turbine Maintenance Technician

If you like to…

• Be physically active
• Be outdoors
• Solve problems

…then you may just have a future as a Wind Turbine Maintenance Technician.

Wind Turbine Maintenance Technicians are responsible for performing the complicated repairs and inspections on existing turbines. Sometimes these repairs take place at the very top of the turbine in the nacelle operating room that houses the instruments that measure wind speed and direction.

Salary range: $37k to $51k to $72k
Education: High school education, apprenticeship programs, colleges, and technical schools