Career Awareness/BYF

Construction Careers Awarness / BYF

If you have come to this page looking for information and resources about construction careers you are at the right place!  You have questions?  OK here are some answers. Click on the bars below to learn more!

Where do I find out about the different types of construction jobs and what they do?

The best place to go is “Build Your Own Future” web site click here for BYF.org.

Build Your Future is an NCCER initiative that is a collaborative grassroots approach to construction workforce forecasting and development that includes recruitment, training, placement, retention for craft professionals and those interested in becoming a craft professional.

How much does a particular construction job pay?

National averages are shown on the BYF.org web site.  But most young people starting out prefer to stay close to home. The Nebraska Dept. of Labor has a web site showing wages by profession.  Remember these are only averages for the state of Nebraska.  ABC member companies will pay considerably more for reliable and productive craft professionals. Click here and check out the Career Resources Section for more information about craft wages in Nebraska.     

Do construction jobs have a long term career path or is it a dead-end?

Do credentials matter?

Becoming a craft professional starts with industry-recognized credentials.  Many craft professionals such as welding, electrical & plumbing, to name a few, require an “apprenticeship” that has hands-on learning along with an academic experience. So the question is does the “academic experience” result in an industry-wide recognized credential? Something that places you above the average Joe and allows you the opportunity to gain employment across the country?  The NCCER curriculum does just that with a national registry.  Click on NCCER to learn more.  Plus, this curriculum is taught by instructors that are currently practicing their trade in the field.

Another consideration, would you like to be eligible to work in Iowa? Iowa won’t recognize a Nebraska licensee unless he or she has been a “registered apprentice”. Graduates from a Nebraska community college have to re-start their apprenticeship period all over in Iowa where graduates from a “registered apprenticeship program” in Nebraska can sit for a journeyman exam immediately. Apprentices enrolled in the ABC-Cornhusker program have access to such registered apprentice credentials.

YES, credentials do matter!

How do I get on track to get a job in construction?

Whether you started career education in high school or not, many construction companies offer apprenticeship programs where you can earn money while you learn a craft. At this point you would be a craft helper or apprentice. Another track is the post-secondary education route, going full time to a local community college to get your academics over with and then get hired by a company where you can fulfill the hands-on learning hours which are often required to be able sit for a journeyman’s license test.  For example in the State of Nebraska electricians are licensed and carpenters are not. 

Because many people struggle with how to pay for the post-secondary education route the option to go through an apprentice program while working for a company they find this a preferred route to becoming a craft professional.  We call it the “earn while you learn” option. Others choose this route simply because they want to go work immediately after high school and do not desire to spend two more years in the classroom.  Companies typically pay the tuition for the apprentice as long as you make satisfactory grades. You are responsible to buy your books. 

When you compare the two routes for becoming a craft professional (education cost and earnings over the four year apprenticeship period) for an electrician, the apprenticeship route in comparison to the post-secondary, the apprenticeship route results in twice as much earnings going into the pocket of the apprentice. If you want to become an apprentice of an ABC-Cornhusker Chapter member we can put you in touch with the right people to make this happen! Click on these questions below to learn more.

Why should I choose to be an ABC apprentice?

How to apply to become an apprentice?



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Lincoln, NE  68528
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