October is Careers in Construction Month, a nationwide celebration and recognition of the career opportunities that exist in the construction industry. PWA is proud to support our construction partners and bring students direct connections to these incredible careers this month and year round.

Learn more about Careers in Construction month through our partner, Associated General Contractors. To celebrate, they are hosting a few virtual events throughout the month:

October 6: Industry Day: Learn about the work that commercial construction companies perform, employment opportunities, and "experience" a work day. Choose to learn more about Raimore Construction, EC ElectricPower Systems West, or Power Systems West.

October 13: Apprenticeship Day: learn about apprenticeship, training details, learn how to apply, and "experience a day-in-a-life of an apprentice."

Their Build Oregon site lists additional events and resources.

PWA Construction Zone

Get to know some Portland-area construction partners that support year-round learning with PWA by visiting the PWA Expo2Go Construction Zone. Here are a few highlights:

Portland Community College- Apprenticeship and Trades: PCC Apprenticeships’ offer the opportunity to earn while you learn and become a highly paid, skilled worker with potential for long-term stability and growth into management positions.

Howard S. Wright: Balfour Beaty-owned construction company with major local projects including the Edith Green-Wendall Wyatt federal building and the UO Student Recreation Center. Built the Space Needle.

Emerick Construction: Contractor specializing in civil projects such as fire stations, police headquarters, seismic retrofitting and schools. Replaced the iconic PDX carpet. See highlights from the field: click here to watch a few video interviews at Emerick Construction sites.

Associated General Contractors (Oregon-Columbia chapter): Trade association representing the commercial construction industry. Supports workforce development and assists with training, safety, legislative issues and labor relations. Learn more here.

ACE Mentor Program

Find out how to get hands on experience with the ACE Mentor Program of Oregon. The program's mission is to enlighten and increase the awareness of high school students to career opportunities in architecture, construction and engineering through mentoring and to provide scholarship opportunities for students.

​ACE is open to high school juniors and seniors. ​The ACE application period will open in early October. Students must register online to apply. Please contact us with any questions about the student application.

To learn more about upcoming events, subscribe to our newsletter, where we’ll be announcing more opportunities in construction, skilled trades, engineering and other related fields!

October is Careers in Construction Month