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Build Your Future and Career in Construction

Program Overview

Introduction to Construction is a four day program designed for individuals seeking to embark on a rewarding career in the construction industry. This specialized program begins with an overview of the industry and combines essential career readiness skills with introductory technical training, ensuring participants are well-prepared to succeed in entry level construction-related roles.

Our curriculum focuses on honing career readiness skills such as resume building, interview preparation, and professional communication, alongside developing a solid understanding of construction fundamentals, site safety protocols, and industry-specific terminology.

Shippensburg University was awarded a $275,000 grant from the US Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration in support of its South-Central Career Development and Readiness Initiative. The program is supported 100% by federal funds.

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Adult Learner Certificate Program at No Cost

The Introduction to Construction Adult Learner Training Certificate program is a grant-funded opportunity that  requires no additional cost for participants and is valued at 675.00.

Why Train with SHIP

At Shippensburg University, we understand the importance of offering comprehensive and practical training to our students. Our Introduction Construction training program is tailored to meet the needs of adult learners, providing a supportive and inclusive learning environment that fosters personal and professional growth.

Throughout the program, you will have the opportunity to learn from industry professionals who are passionate about sharing their expertise with the next generation of constructors. From basic construction principles to advanced techniques, our curriculum covers a wide range of topics to ensure that you are well-prepared for a successful career in construction.

Hands on Training

With a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on training, you will gain practical experience in essential construction practices, safety protocols, and cutting-edge technologies used in the field. Our goal is to equip you with the skills and confidence to thrive in the construction industry and make meaningful contributions to building the world around us.

By enrolling in our introductory construction training program, you are taking the first step toward a fulfilling and impactful career in construction. Whether you are looking to transition into a new field or enhance your existing skills, we are committed to supporting your educational journey and helping you reach your professional goals.

Key Program Components

Career Readiness Skills:

  • Resume Building: Participants will learn the art of crafting impactful resumes tailored for construction industry positions, highlighting relevant skills and experiences.
  • Interview Preparation: Through mock interviews and personalized coaching, participants will gain confidence and proficiency in handling construction job interviews effectively.
  • Professional Communication: Effective communication is key in any workplace. Participants will enhance their communication skills to excel in team environments and client interactions.

Technical Skills Development:

  • Types of Construction: An overview of various construction types, including residential, commercial, and industrial, providing a broad understanding of the industry landscape.
  • Site Safety: Comprehensive training on construction site safety regulations, best practices, and the importance of adhering to safety protocols to ensure a secure working environment.
  • Construction Terminology: Participants will become familiar with industry-specific terms and jargon, enabling clear and precise communication on construction sites.
  • OSHA 10 Training: A detailed virtual course covering Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards and guidelines, emphasizing the importance of workplace safety and accident prevention.
  • Site Plans: Practical guidance on interpreting site plans, blueprints, and technical drawings, enabling participants to understand project specifications and execute tasks accurately.

Program Benefits

  • Comprehensive Skillset: Upon completion, participants will possess a well-rounded skillset encompassing both soft skills and technical expertise, making them highly desirable candidates in the competitive construction job market.
  • Career Advancement: Participants will be well-equipped to pursue entry-level positions in construction companies, paving the way for career growth and development within the industry.
  • Confidence and Competence: Through hands-on training and interactive learning modules, participants will gain the confidence to navigate construction sites and execute tasks with precision.
  • Employer Connection: Meet and engage with employers in the construction industry throughout the program and culminating with mock interviews and a networking reception at the end of the program.

Get Started and Enroll

Once you’ve are enrolled to the program, classes will begin Monday, 2/19/24 through Thursday, 2/22/24. Register online by 2/5/24.

Upon finishing the Introduction to Construction Program, you will receive:

      • Certificate of completion
      • Digital badge to share you recently earned accomplishment on professional and digital sites.
      • Supplies: safety vest, voucher to purchase steel-toed boots, work gloves, safety glasses

Join our Introduction to Construction Program and embark on a transformative journey toward a fulfilling career in the dynamic world of construction. Equip yourself with the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to thrive in this ever-evolving industry. Your future in construction starts here!

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Construction Career Pathway

Why Construction?

  • High-demand jobs with good pay and health benefits
  • Job advancement
  • Variety of roles and specializations
  • On-the-job-training
  • Personal satisfaction with physical, rewarding work with tangible outcomes
  • Small pay gap – women in construction have 94% pay equity to their male counterparts, the smallest pay gap out all industries (Source:
  • Apprenticeships available – No student debt and fully funded training

Potential Career Benefits

  • Possible 401K eligibility/Retirement Plans
  • Paid Holidays & Paid Time off
  • Healthcare Plans (Medical, Dental, Vision)
  • Health Savings/Flex Spending
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Disability
  • Life Insurance
  • Career Development

Getting Started

Entry Level Job Requirements:

    • At least 18 years old
    • Valid Driver’s License (preferred)
    • Authorized to Work in the U.S.
    • High School Diploma or GED required, get trained while working
    • Physically Fit
    • Math Proficiency
    • Reading Proficiency

Types of Careers in Construction

Construction Laborer

  • Entry Level (1-3 years experience) – $18+ /hour
  • Mid-level Worker (3+ years experience)- Average $49,000 /year
  • Senior Worker (8+ years experience) – Average $60,000 /year

Laborer in Construction

  • Flagger
  • Construction Laborer
  • Carpenter Helper

Additional Career Paths

  • Administration
  • Estimating, Finance, Marketing, Quality
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Owner/Operator
  • Safety/Health
  • Property Inspector
  • Supervisory/Management
  • Foreman, Project Manager
  • Training/Education
  • Instructor
  • Engineering
  • Field, Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Safety

Skilled Trades

  • HVAC Install/Tech
  • Construction Electrician
  • Electrician Line Work
  • Pipefitter/Steamfitter
  • Plumber
  • Sprinkler Fitter
  • Carpenter
  • Bricklayer
  • Painter
  • Roofer
  • Terrazzo
  • Cement Mason
  • Brick Mason
  • Tile Set & finish
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