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Construction Career Day

View video from 2013 Construction Career Day here.


This year’s Construction Career Day was the largest to date!

  • 18 schools/training centers
  • 24 school systems
  • 24 counties represented
  • 1,254 students registered
  • 31 vendors
  • 1,349  total participation with students and teachers/administrators

The event, held September 19, 2013 at MSU Cherry Expo Center, featured hands-on activities provided by industry professionals that offered students a glimpse of the diversity of careers in the industry.


Nearly three-fourths of construction firms across the country report they are having trouble finding qualified craft workers to fill key spots amid concerns that labor shortages will only get worse, according to the results of an industry-wide survey released by the Associated General Contractors of America. Seven hundred construction firms participated in the survey conducted during July and August of this year.  The most frequently reported difficulties are in filling onsite construction jobs, such as carpenters, equipment operators and laborers.  Fifty-three percent are having a hard time filling professional positions – especially project supervisors, estimators and engineers.  More on the survey here.


Be a part of our efforts to address this labor shortage by getting involved in next year’s Construction Career Day.  Help us show students of today that there are great careers available in the construction industry.  It’s a win-win for everyone involved.


Thanks to the following for making Construction Career Day such a success:


A & K Construction

Airgas of Murray

American Society of Professional Estimators

Associated General Contractors of Western Kentucky

Ray Black & Son

Cayce Mill Supply/Milwaukee Tools

Federal Materials

HAAS CNC Equipment

Hilti, Inc.

IN/KY/OH Regional Carpenters

Kentucky Association of Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Contractors

Kentucky Labor Cabinet OCTE Pre-Apprenticeship Program

Kentucky Laborers Joint Apprenticeship & Training Trust Fund

KIT-MO Rental & Supply

Lincoln College of Tech

Lincoln Electric

McKeel Equipment

MSU College of Technical Careers

MSU IET Department

MSU OSH Department

MSU Regional Outreach Council

MTSU Concrete Industry Management Department

Morgan, Trevathan & Gunn

NES Rentals

Paducah Blueprint & Supply

Paducah Electrical JATC/IBEW Local 816

Paducah Power System/Murray Electric System

Peck Flannery Gream Warren

Pinnacle, Inc.

Plumbing & Pipefitters Local 184

Sheet Metal Workers Local 110


W.D. Steele Construction

Jim Smith Contracting

Vulcan Materials

West Kentucky Community & Technical College

Whayne Supply


Volunteers - Barry McDonald, Mike Chumbler, Barry Hatcher, Chad Colson, Diane Thiede, Kevin Perry, Ben Ashburn, Brian Giltner, Jon Payne, Mike Kemp, Murray-Calloway County ATC Students, and MSU Student Construction Association.