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From oil to cars to airports, big things are happening in the construction industry. With over 72 companies interviewed for the CPBJ Construction Activity index, 91 percent of them believe President Donald Trump will keep his promise to build the country’s infrastructure, bringing an increase in trade jobs with it.1 As laws change and the population grows, the climate of construction will change too. At Keystone Technical Institute, we’re ready to take on these changes and help you prepare for a successful career in construction.

The Construction Industry in Recent Years

The slow-growing construction industry hasn’t been completely out of line from the rest of the economy. As a nation, the United States’ productivity has risen at an average annual rate of 0.6 percent over the last five years. With a long-term rate of 2.1 percent from 1947 to 2016, this is significantly lower.2

However, when the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST) passed in late 2015, it created a long-term spending framework for Washington’s transportation projects, and the state of the construction industry was starting to look up. Prior to FAST, there was a decade’s worth of temporary extensions to old financing provisions.3 And in 2016, the most commonly mentioned trend was the continued effects of the skilled worker shortage. With a lot of employees who left the industry during the recession not returning, companies have had problems finding workers at all levels to fully staff their teams.

Where, Exactly, is Construction Headed?

According to Reuters Business News2, Trump’s campaign-trail proposal for $1 trillion to be spent on infrastructure is still on the table. While creativity will be required to come up with the money, one proposal is that the private sector be given incentive to tackle the work on its own. With what incentive? Over $100 billion in tax credits.

The construction industry also benefits from the continued population growth in the U.S. This is a contrast to many of the world’s industrialized nations, which are experiencing stagnant or declining populations. The United States’ population is growing at 0.7 percent per year. In other words, 2.5 million people annually. This growth implies that more consumer spending will be happening, which boosts the need for more housing and commercial buildings to be built.3

Which Construction Jobs Should You Prepare For?

It’s clear that the construction industry is going through some changes, but with the right training, you can be prepared. According to Tradesman International®, Pennsylvania is one of the top eight states that will have the most construction labor jobs by the end of 2017.4 With training from Keystone Technical Institute, you can develop your construction-based craft and gain real-world experience to prepare for a successful career. If you are unsure of what trade job to look for, check out our six different programs:

1. Electrician: Lighting & Installation: Ready to get to work? Then check out the electrician diploma program. This program will provide you with the opportunity to learn the essential skills to perform electrical work immediately.
2. Electrician: Residential & Commercial: If you are willing to dedicate a little more time to your training, then check out the specialized electrician degree program. This program will teach you how the industry works and prepare you to enter several different electrical specialties. With a specialized degree, you can be prepared for variety certifications and careers as a commercial and residential electrician.
3. HVAC: Learn to install, maintain and repair heating, cooling and refrigeration systems in our HVAC diploma program. In just 10 months, you could be ready to work as an HVAC technician, installer or duct mechanic.
4. HVAC/R: Our AST degree program is an extension of our popular HVAC diploma program. You’ll gain an even deeper understanding of the trade, plus increase your marketability with a specialized degree instead of a diploma. You can also obtain the Environmental Protection Agency 608 universal certification, which will certify you as a Type I, Type II and Type III technician.
5. Masonry: This degree program can help prepare you for jobs including mason tender, brick mason and more. Learn skills like reading masonry blue prints, site preparation and layout, veneer finishes, and footings and foundations.
6. Residential Carpentry: If building, remodeling and carpentry are more your style, then check out our residential carpentry diploma program. In 15 months, you’ll gain valuable knowledge to start your career in the construction field.

With Keystone Technical Institute’s construction trades programs, you can confidently embrace the looming construction industry changes. You’ll train for in-depth skills related to electrical safety, residential and industrial wiring systems, carpentry, HVAC and construction—and all in one of the top states for employment construction. Ready to get started? Contact us to learn more!


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