By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange
As Arizona’s skilled construction labor shortage continues, college tuition becomes increasingly unaffordable, and more public figures and leaders increasingly recognize the value of vocational training, the Association for Construction Career Development is once again presenting its annual Arizona Construction Career Days event to give area students the opportunity to get a hands-on introduction to the construction trades.
The event, Nov. 5-6, lets registered high school students come to the Arizona National Guard Papago Site (5636 E. McDowell Road) and take part in real, interactive demonstrations with skilled construction professionals to experience work on an actual job site.
Demonstrations this year include: Heavy equipment operation, building brick walls, pipe design and build, CADD, and project estimation, among others. Students may attend either day, but advanced registration is required.
The event is the largest of its kind in the state. Past events have had more than 1,800 student attendees, with some traveling as far as 300 miles to take part.
ACCD is a 501 (c) (3) public-private partnership organization whose stated goal is, “Building Tomorrow’s Workforce Today.” Platinum sponsors include ADOT, Federal Highway Administration, Arizona National Guard, Arizona Department of Education, Arizona Energy Consortium, Sundt and Suntec Concrete. Sponsorships are still available.
Over the years, more than 340 exhibitors have staffed displays and more than 400 pieces of equipment have been provided for the event.
The association also publishes a free career guide with information on various trades and vocational education programs.