Construction Mgmt. Participates in Construction Career Days

The 2017 Pitt County Construction Career Days event was recently at the Pitt County Fairgrounds.  The College’s Department of Construction Management was one of the sponsors for the 2017 event.  Forty ECU construction management students served as volunteers helping with the two-day event.

Approximately 1,000 high school students from Pitt and 14 surrounding counties visited construction exhibitors to learn about opportunities in the construction sector.  In addition, students got “hands-on” experience with construction equipment. Students operated backhoes, loaders, lifts, and other equipment with the help of professional operators.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook states: “Employment of construction and extraction occupations is projected to grow 10 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations, increasing from 6.5 million jobs to 7.2 million jobs. Overall growth in the economy and population will increase demand for new buildings, roads and other structures, which will create new job openings for construction and extraction occupations.”

In a June 2017 blog post about the Department gaining reaccreditation, Dr. Syed Ahmed, department chair, discussed how the construction industry is rebounding.

“(It) needs more students like our department is producing,” says Ahmed. “Our employment levels are excellent.”

Please read Department of Construction Management Gains Reaccreditation for more information about the department’s employment levels.