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                                             careers in construction

        Construction Laborers               erect structures, or pour concrete or other hard   Electrical Power-Line Installers   adequacy of lighting, and other factors inf u-
                                            surface  pavement.  May  repair  and  maintain                         encing  traff c  conditions,  under  direction  of
            Perform  tasks  involving  physical  labor   equipment in addition to other duties.  and Repairers     traff c engineer.
        at  construction  sites.  May  operate  hand  and                          Install or repair cables or wires used in
        power  tools  of  all  types:  air  hammers,  earth  Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping   electrical power or distribution systems. May   Surveyors
        tampers,  cement  mixers,  small  mechanical   Equipment Operators     erect poles and light or heavy duty transmis-  Make exact measurements and determine
        hoists,  surveying  and  measuring  equipment,                         sion towers.                        property boundaries. Provide data relevant to
        and a variety of other equipment and instru-  Operate equipment used for applying con-                     the shape, contour, gravitation, location, ele-
        ments.                              crete, asphalt, or other materials to road beds,   Highway Maintenance Workers  vation, or dimension of land or land features
                                            parking lots, or airport runways and taxiways
        Construction Carpenters             or for tamping gravel, dirt, or other materials.   Maintain highways, municipal and rural   on or near the earth’s surface for engineering,
                                                                                                                   mapmaking,  mining,  land  evaluation,  con-
                                            Includes concrete and asphalt paving machine   roads,  airport  runways,  and  rights-of-way.
            Construct, erect, install, and repair struc-  operators,  form  tampers,  tamping  machine   Duties  include  patching  broken  or  eroded   struction, and other purposes.
        tures  and  f xtures  of  wood,  plywood,  and   operators, and stone spreader operators.  pavement and repairing guard rails, highway   Transportation Engineers
        wallboard,  using  carpenter’s  hand  tools  and                       markers, and snow fences. May also mow or
        power tools.                        Structural Iron and Steel Workers  clear  brush  from  along  road,  or  plow  snow   Develop plans for surface transportation
        Construction Managers                  Raise,  place,  and  unite  iron  or  steel   from roadway.         projects,  according  to  established  engineer-
                                                                                                                   ing standards and state or federal construction
                                            girders, columns, and other structural members
            Plan,  direct,  or  coordinate,  usually   to  form  completed  structures  or  structural   Painters, Construction and Main-  policy.  Prepare  designs,  specif cations,  or
        through  subordinate  supervisory  personnel,   frameworks.  May  erect  metal  storage  tanks   tenance   estimates  for  transportation  facilities.  Plan
        activities  concerned  with  the  construction   and assemble prefabricated metal buildings.               modif cations of existing streets, highways, or
        and maintenance of structures, facilities, and                             Paint  walls,  equipment,  buildings,   freeways to improve traff c f ow.
        systems. Participate in the conceptual devel-  Architectural and Civil Drafters  bridges,  and  other  structural  surfaces,  using
                                                                               brushes, rollers, and spray guns. May remove  Electricians
        opment of a construction project and oversee
        its  organization,  scheduling,  budgeting,  and   Prepare detailed drawings of architectural   old paint to prepare surface prior to painting.   Install,  maintain,  and  repair  electrical
        implementation.                     and structural features of buildings or draw-  May mix colors or oils to obtain desired color   wiring,  equipment,  and  f xtures.  Ensure  that
                                            ings  and  topographical  relief  maps  used  in   or consistency.     work  is  in  accordance  with  relevant  codes.
        Construction and Building Inspec-   civil engineering projects, such as highways,   Traff c Technicians    May install or service street lights, intercom
        tors                                bridges, and public works. Use knowledge of                            systems, or electrical control systems.
                                            building materials, engineering practices, and   Conduct f eld studies to determine traff c
            Inspect structures using engineering skills   mathematics to complete drawings.  volume,  speed,  effectiveness  of  signals,   Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechan-
        to determine structural soundness and compli-                                                              ics
        ance with specif cations, building codes, and
        other regulations. Inspections may be general                                                                  Diagnose,  adjust,  repair,  or  overhaul
        in nature or may be limited to a specif c area,                                                            mobile  mechanical,  hydraulic,  and  pneu-
        such as electrical systems or plumbing.                                                                    matic equipment, such as cranes, bulldozers,
                                                                                                                   graders, and conveyors, used in construction,
        Civil Engineers                                                                                            logging, and mining.

            Perform engineering duties in planning,                                                                Career/Technical Education Teach-
        designing,  and  overseeing  construction  and                                                             ers, Postsecondary
        maintenance of building structures, and facili-
        ties, such as roads, railroads, airports, bridges,                                                             Teach  vocational  courses  intended  to
        harbors,  channels,  dams,  irrigation  projects,                                                          provide  occupational  training  below  the
        pipelines, power plants, and water and sewage                                                              baccalaureate  level  in  subjects  such  as  con-
        systems.                                                                                                   struction,  mechanics/repair,  manufacturing,
                                                                                                                   transportation,  or  cosmetology,  primarily
        Operating Engineers and Other                                                                              to students who have graduated from or left
        Construction Equipment Operators                                                                           high school. Teaching takes place in public or
                                                                                                                   private schools whose primary business is aca-
            Operate  one  or  several  types  of  power                                                            demic or vocational education.
        construction  equipment,  such  as  motor
        graders,  bulldozers,  scrapers,  compressors,                                                                 This  is  just  a  sampling  of  the  careers
        pumps, derricks, shovels, tractors, or front-end                                                           available  in  the  construction  industry.  For
        loaders  to  excavate,  move,  and  grade  earth,                                                          more information go to

                                                                                  MAPA supports and facilitates workforce development by
                                                                                  providing scholarships to students interested in asphalt careers,
                                                                                  creating a marketing program to promote available jobs with
                                                                                  MAPA members, and performing outreach to school districts to
                                                                                  provide resources to promote careers in the asphalt industry.

           Minnesota Asphalt Pavement Association (MAPA)                                                   Check out the resources available at:
           1000 Westgate Drive, Suite 252 | St. Paul, MN 55114                                            
  | 651-636-4666
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