It's a field that's continuing to grow in New York State, and as our Vince Gallagher reports, students are looking to "build" their construction careers.
SCOTIA, N.Y. -- "After today I can honestly say it could be something that I would love to do," said Kasia Geiger.
That was the sentiment for many students at the 12th annual Construction Career Day, held at the Navy Operational Support Center in Scotia.
"We thought this was the perfect opportunity to expose a thousand high school kids to what the Navy has to offer and match it with the skills that are needed in the construction industry," said Vincent Perry, Navy Operations Commanding Officer.
The hands-on event encourages students to "dig in" and see all the opportunities the construction industry has to offer.
“Whether it's roads and bridges that get people from point A to point B, the buildings, the hospitals, the schools that drive our economy, there's a lot of opportunity out there,” said Mike Elmendorf, Associated General Contractors of NYS CEO.
Industry insiders say there's no better time than now to get involved in the construction field. For one, there's plenty of infrastructure projects planned across the state, and two, there's a need for the younger generation.
"It's a really good field for all of us, and new people coming out here, some good job opportunities, really good pay, really good benefits," said Zim Zielnicki, a student.
Students also worked with carpenters, electrical workers and equipment operators, even getting in the driver's seat themselves to see firsthand what the job would be like.
"I drove this skid steer, and they had us go forward and backwards and side to side and we got to lift the bucket, and I would never have done this at home, so this was a great experience," said another student, Hannah Patzwahl.
With projects like the reconstruction of The Tappan Zee Bridge and expansion work at GlobalFoundries in Malta, right now the opportunities in the field are endless.
"As is always the case when the economy moves up, the construction industry does well too,” said Elmendorf.