Building the People Who Build America

Advance your career in the exciting world of construction, development and engineering. Opportunities in these industries are limitless. Create and build bridges between impossible challenges and life enhancing solutions. Construction, development and engineering are fundamental to all aspects of our life.



Engineers, Problem Solvers
Engineers are problem solvers. They are presented with a challenge and design the best solution that not only meets their client’s needs in the short-term, but address long-term challenges that might not be readily apparent to the untrained eye.
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Engineers, Trusted Advisors
Engineers are advocates for progress. Working with both public and private clients, they apply their technological expertise and design vision to improve the structure of the world in which we live.
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Job openings set record
The construction industry set a new record with 382,000 job openings in construction at the end of December.
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Video: Why are millennials not going into construction?
Michael Bellaman, Associated Builders and Contractors CEO, explains the workforce shortage and ABC’s efforts to get more millennials interested in jobs in sectors such as construction.
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Find your future in construction!
Paths to education through scholarships, awards, and faculty internships are available!
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Who is the Construction Manager?
The CM may be a member of the owner's team, a consultant from a professional services firm, or a member of the general contractor's team.
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Construction

Construction is a great career path with limitless possibilities! A four-year degree is not required to become a craft professional and advance professionally in the field. Through apprenticeship, work-based learning and continuing education programs, construction workers can earn while they learn and continually hone their skills. But students who want a college experience also will find plentiful jobs in construction as the industry continues to thrive.

Today’s young people who choose to enter construction professions will not only be constructing bridges better designed to weather natural disasters, building energy-efficient manufacturing facilities and renovating historical buildings, but also contributing to a safer, stronger and more secure America.

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Development

Developers can be individuals, small partnerships, or large companies. Some operate in a single market, such as Houston or Atlanta, while others focus on a larger region, such as the northeastern United States, or even on the entire country. A few U.S. developers operate globally. Some developers maintain a small staff and outsource many development functions, while others employ a large number of professionals and perform most development functions in-house. Developers engage in either for-sale residential development or commercial development, which includes income-producing rental apartments.

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Engineering

Engineers are problem solvers.  They are presented with a challenge and design the best solution that not only meets their client’s needs in the short-term, but address long-term challenges that might not be readily apparent to the untrained eye. Engineers are advocates for progress. Working with both public and private clients, they apply their technological expertise and design vision to improve the structure of the world in which we live.

They create and build bridges between impossible challenges and life enhancing solutions whether they’re making air and water cleaner, providing energy platforms to power our nation, or creating innovations so that communities can learn, heal, and inspire. Engineering remains fundamental to all aspects of our life, health, and welfare.

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Construction, Development & Engineering Sector

Students get a taste of construction careers
As high school graduates consider their next steps, Associated Builders and Contractors of Connecticut (CT ABC) hosts Construction Career Day to give hundreds of local students an up-close look at the countless career opportunities in the industry.
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Construction Apprenticeships
Byron "Elvis" Claiborne heard about ABC SoCal electrical apprenticeship program while at the California State Prison. He has graduated from the program and is now working as a foreman.
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ABC Announces Its 2022 Young Professional of the Year
Associated Builders and Contractors today announced Luke Perry, vice president at Perry Contracting, Cincinnati, received ABC’s 2022 Young Professional of the Year Award. Perry was honored at ABC Convention 2022 in San Antonio on March 15.
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Associated Builders and Contractors National Craft Championship returns to SA
"One of the greatest benefits of construction is it's never too late to start." Nearly 200 electricians, welders, plumbers, carpenters, and other craft apprentices show off their skills in an intense skills competition.
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Construction Industry Faces Workforce Shortage of 650,000 in 2022
The construction industry will need to attract nearly 650,000 additional workers on top of the normal pace of hiring in 2022 to meet the demand for labor, according to a model developed by Associated Builders and Contractors.
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Meet Samantha Brummell
Meet Samantha Brummell of Thornton Tomasetti, a 2021 ACEC Young Professional of the Year, making her mark in the engineering industry.
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Linda Alvarado founded her construction company on a $2,500 loan from her parents and got busy building sidewalks
Linda Alvarado founded her construction company on a $2,500 loan from her parents and got busy building sidewalks—Alvarado Construction is now worth $41M, with schools, stadiums and aquariums in its portfolio.
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Six Workplace Benefits Employees Will Want Post-COVID
As employees and employers alike adjust to the new normal, a number of commonplace workplace policies and perks will shift to meet changing needs and expectations.
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5 Workplace Changes Here to Stay Post-COVID
Chances are that many of your work habits and activities pre-COVID look very different from the workplace “new normal” that will emerge post-pandemic. Here are five changes the post-COVID workplace will continue to embrace.
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The Future of “Destination Workplaces”
The pandemic has revealed that some work can be accomplished in more places than just traditional office space. As a result, employers are searching for ways to motivate staff to return to the office and connect with each other and their organizations.
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Podcast: The Future of Engineering
What's the future of engineering? Chris Luebkeman, who leads the Strategic Foresight Hub in the Office of the President at ETH Zurich and participated in the recent ACEC Research Institute expert panel on how technology advances will impact engineering, joins the Engineering Influence podcast to discuss the future of the engineering industry.
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An Inclusive and Diverse Workforce
The world is changing — rapidly — and the future of engineering requires a different approach when it comes to attracting, recruiting and retaining talent to the engineering field.
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