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Students Explore Skilled Trades at EMU Expo

- Thursday, November 10, 2016

On Oct. 26, students in grades 8-12 were invited to the “JUST BUILD IT!” Construction Career Expo conducted by the Washtenaw Contractors Association at the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center.

The students were exposed to a host of segments from the skilled trades that included architecture, engineering, project management, the skilled building trades and more.

Representatives from the operating engineers, IBEW, carpenters & millwrights, plumbers & pipefitters, roofers, cement masons & plasterers, laborers and bricklayers & allied craftworkers all attended the event.

A student explores Operating Engineers 324's construction simulator

Students received hands on experience from experienced union Training Directors. Students tried their hand at everything from laying tile and cement to hammering and scaffolding assembly contests.

A Training Director from the BAC trains a student on tile laying

A student practices cement laying as he is supervised by the Cement Masons' and Plasterers Training Director

The AGC and union contractors such as RAM Construction were also represented at the Construction Career Expo. 

Students meet with the AGC to discuss future career options. The AGC represents contractors such asGeorge Auch Construction, Granger Construction and Spence Brothers

A student meets with RAM Construction

Students left with a better understanding of the career opportunities that apprenticeship programs and the skilled trades can offer for their future.

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