Kyle Kuenemann, Construction Technology Instructor at Stevens HS, decided a few months ago that many of his students needed a glimpse of what it was really like to work in the construction industry. He contacted other Northside construction instructors, and friends in the construction industry, to form a committee to gain their input for a Construction Career Day.
On Wednesday, March 20th Career Day was held on the Warren HS campus, the site of the NISD Construction Careers Academy. Over 350 students from high schools around NISD attended the one day event. Overall, 450 students, instructors, and industry contractors were in attendance.
There were 30 construction contractors at the event demonstrating their tools and equipment. The demonstrations at the event included wall building, surveying, electrical wiring, plumbing, welding and tool use competitions.
Every student attending received a hard hat, t-shirt and safety glasses. Additionally, over $2000 worth of tools were given away at the event. At the job fair area of the event, contractors were actively recruiting qualified students for summer and full-time employment.
Kuenemann stated that there will be an increased demand for skilled construction workers in the future. The baby boomers that hold a majority of the positions in the industry are quickly reaching retirement age. When they retire the need to fill their positions will be enormous. The committee for the event plans to expand the
2013-2014 Construction Career Day into a city-wide event with a target number of 900 students and overall attendance of more than 1,000.