• More than 525 students from 28 different school districts attended the 2019 Mohawk Valley Construction Careers Day at the Oneida County DPW Facility in Oriskany on Oct. 17.

    Students had the opportunity to explore and experience the diverse careers available in the construction industry. The hands-on event, conducted and supervised by construction professionals, featured interactive exhibits, trade industry displays and demonstration projects that encouraged student participation.

    Construction Careers Day is intended to expose students to various careers in the trades and to help dispel common misconceptions about construction careers. Students were introduced to construction career paths including architecture, engineering, design, drafting, construction management and estimating that require a college degree, as well as trades like plumbing and electrical which often have apprenticeships and paid training programs.

    Throughout Construction Careers Day, students had the opportunity to operate heavy equipment and assist skilled tradespeople with various crafts such as bricklaying, concrete finishing, welding, plumbing, electrical installation, materials testing and pipe laying. Virtual work stations were also available to give students a real-life feel for some of the trades.

    The event was put on by the Mohawk Valley Construction Industry Development Committee (MVCID), which consists of the Mohawk Valley Builders Exchange, the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Mohawk Valley, Mohawk Valley Building Trades Council, Workforce Investment Board and the three area BOCES -- Oneida-Herkimer-Madison, Madison-Oneida and Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego.