Women are building their careers in the construction industry, learning from colleagues and encouraging other women to explore construction as a field for a challenging, fulfilling career. Below is a roundup of advice we received from real women working in Michigan's construction industry.
Working in the construction industry means Kari Johnson looks forward to getting up every day and coming to work, knowing that each one will be different and challenging.
Juniors and seniors at Gaylord High School will get a jump on learning about operating and repairing heavy equipment thanks to a grant from the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association.
With a growing need for construction workers, the Michigan Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) On-the-Job Training program provides opportunity for eligible contractors to train and develop construction workers, particularly women, minorities and other disadvantaged individuals.
Going into its third year, Michigan Construction's Truckload of Books giveaway continues to delight children in elementary grades and spark interest in constructions careers.
Brandon Foreback can’t say enough about how much he enjoys his position as a laborer at M.L. Chartier, where he has worked for five years. Since day one, Foreback says he has come to work with a smile on his face, ready to work on that day’s project and whatever challenges it may bring. He enjoys sharing his enthusiasm and love for his job with everyone around him at work.
GD Top Notch Cleaning Service Inc. is a leader in the construction cleaning industry. Founder Gale Glickoff started as a licensed builder, but saw an opportunity within the construction industry in the cleaning sector. She took advantage and has been thriving ever since.
Matt Heino has worked for M.L. Chartier, an excavation, building and environmental cleanup company, for a little over a year as an operator. What has made his experience in the construction industry so worthwhile is the company he works for. He finds it’s important to “find a company that treats you like a person, and who makes sure that you’re taken care of.” He has found those qualities with M.L. Chartier and loves working in the construction industry.
The Operating Engineers Local 324 Apprenticeship program is accepting applications for their training programs starting June 10 and running through June 14. Training program options include Heavy Equipment Operator or Heavy Equipment Technician/Mechanic. Applications are limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. If you have not taken the “WorkKeys” test it is recommended that you take it as soon as possible, and ensure you have a score that meets or exceeds their requirement.
Teaching is a tough job, and super rewarding, when given the right tools. Michigan Construction understands hard work and the need for the right equipment and we want to help! Last year, in partnership with many of our awesome partners, we gave away 10 Tonka size truckloads of elementary level construction books to deserving teachers across Michigan. The contest was so successful, that we're bringing it back this year! Elementary and preschool teachers can enter their classrooms for a chance to win a truckload of books by filling out the form on this page. Each winner will receive 10 books chosen specifically for their class level. The following books are an example of the selection you may receive:
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