Carpenters are key to the success of a construction project.
Carpenters cut, shape, fit, and assemble building materials to construct buildings, bridges, highways, docks, and industrial plants. Carpenters today build with wood, metal, concrete, plastics, composites of multiple materials, and more. Following blueprints, they measure, lay out material, and then build foundations, walls, floors, ceilings, and roofs. As a carpenter, you can specialize in areas like structural framework, concrete formwork, interior trim and cabinetry, commercial carpentry, and more. In this craft, you get to use cool power tools like pneumatic nail fasteners, power saws and drills, and laser leveling tools.
Once the interior of a building is roughed-out, painters and drywall professionals finish the walls and ceilings to make the surfaces clean, consistent, and attractive. They help make the building ready for occupancy. Drywall is the "skin" of a building's interior; paint and other surface finishes are like a cosmetic.
Drywall Installers cut, fit, and fasten sheets of drywall to the inside framework of buildings. The sheets are generally in a standard size (4'x8'), and some custom cutting is almost always required to fit the design. Drywall Finishers prepare the panels for painting by taping and finishing the seams where the sheets of drywall come together. They also sand and prepare the surface to receive its final finish coat.
Can you imagine a world without electricity?
Electricians are critical not only to the construction industry but to modern day life as we know it. They install, connect, test, and maintain electrical systems that are used for a variety of purposes, from lighting homes to running machinery, communications equipment, and much more. Electricians need to be able to read blueprints to locate outlets, circuits, panel boards, and other equipment. In most areas, electricians must be licensed. In this craft, you'll need to know the National Electrical Code as well as state and local building codes. Your math skills and ability to visualize are very important. Electricity is serious: your work needs to be accurate, and you must be able to follow strict safety procedures.
Equipment is a huge part of almost any construction project, residential or commercial, and includes bulldozers, excavators, forklifts, skid-steers, and of course, cranes.
Construction equipment operators use machinery to move both materials and earth before and during the construction process. They clear the site, drive piles for the foundation, and move materials around the site as needed. Another part of this job involves setting up and inspecting equipment, and may also include making adjustments, performing maintenance, or minor repairs. Due to the increasing use of computerized controls, understanding of electronics and mechanical aptitude is critical.
Have you ever been hot and turned on the air conditioner, or cold and turned on some heat?
Thank an HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) technician for the ability to maintain your comfort level. HVAC professionals install, maintain, and repair a building's heating, cooling, and air circulation systems. HVAC professionals actually perform several trades and tasks. They do some electrical work; carpentry; welding, piping; sheet metal; and even some IT work. In addition to heating and cooling, ventilation is a critical issue. The air in our buildings must be kept clean and circulated. HVAC systems can be installed both indoors and outdoors, depending on the structure. This trade works with a variety of material and equipment: air conditioners, fans, compressors, motors, heat pumps, furnaces, etc.