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Construction workers are needed; Anoka Tech is here to help

Construction companies are seeking qualified workers to fill open positions, despite claims that construction jobs are declining. Both increases in building permits and the employment outlook demonstrate these positions are in demand, according to news reports and government projections.

Recently, the Star Tribune reported that so far in 2018, more than 1,294 building permits have been issued to build 3,118 residential units in the Twin Cities. In March alone, there was a significant increase in total units—509 permits were issued to build 1,310 units. That included 487 single-family houses, slightly fewer than last year. (Star Tribune, March 30, 2018)

These statistics, along with the demand for entry-level housing, show that construction jobs are still an integral part of the nation’s economy.

“The need for construction workers is definitely on the rise,” said Anoka Tech Architectural Drafting Instructor Joy Boyle. “Not just for laborers, but also for architectural drafters and construction estimators.”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that demand for architectural drafters will rise seven percent from 2016 through 2026. Positions offer a median wage of $53,480 per year.

The BLS reports an even better outlook for construction estimating positions, with a projected 11 percent increase in positions from 2016 through 2026 and a median annual income of $61,790.

Drafters use software to convert the designs of architects and engineers into technical drawings. Most workers specialize in architectural, civil, electrical, or mechanical drafting and use technical drawings to help design everything from microchips to skyscrapers.

Anoka Tech offers a 60-credit Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree and a 53-credit diploma in Architectural Technology, as well as a 26-credit certificate in Construction Estimating.

“The Architectural Technology programs prepare students to be drafters, which use software to convert the designs of architects and engineers into technical drawings,” explained Boyle. “The Construction Estimating program develops skills in construction cost estimating, quantity surveying and building materials.

“Anoka Tech is very dedicated to graduating students with the skills they need to secure a position and to succeed,” added Boyle.  

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