By: Michael King
The Prewitt Group
The Build Your Future with Ajax career fair was held on March 8, 2019, and featured representatives from Michigan Center for Truck Safety, Laborers’ Local 1191, Operating Engineers 324, as well as AJax. Some of the industry’s newest construction technologies were displayed throughout the room. At each station passionate experts explained what they did, and how they applied the new technologies on the jobsite. This was a place where job seekers could simply show up, learn about the skilled trades industry, and apply for a job as an apprentice.
Working with New Technologies
Unlike the skilled trades of yesterday, today’s skilled trades jobs offer employees strategic career paths to earn good wages and to learn the many new technologies that are a huge part of this growing industry. These technologies better equip the work force for future success by assisting road crews to finish jobs more efficiently and to avoid costly errors.
One station at the event demonstrated how 3D mapping systems create the physical parameters of roads and guide the machines laying concrete and asphalt. At the Operating Engineers station, attendees sat at a training simulator. No scores were recorded, but I got a chance to see how apprentices learn to use computers installed in heavy equipment machinery like bulldozers and cranes.
How can job seekers get started?
When applicants come to events like Build Your Future with Ajax, the first step is to talk to men and women representatives onsite and make sure that a career in skilled trades is what you really want. After filling out an application, applicants are vetted, interviewed and may ultimately come on board for training and employment within a few weeks. Events like this help job seekers get their foot in the door as apprentices. So, if getting paid while learning, taking free courses for career advancement during employment, receiving top-notch benefit packages, and doing work that you can be proud of sounds like a good deal, then a career in the skilled trades may be the right fit for you. Earn while you learn through an apprenticeship, the other four-year degree. To get you started, visit our website at www.MiRoad2Work.org. In addition, informational resources are provided below.
Trade and Apprenticeship Information