Rosendin, an employee-owned electrical contracting company with a regional office in Tempe, recently set out to change perceptions about the construction industry among East Valley teenagers. They teamed up with Adolfson & Peterson Construction to speak with students during Eastmark High School’s career fair, held on campus April 29.
They talked with Mesa students about how technology has changed the construction industry to level the playing field for people interested in building large-scale projects such as hotels, schools, hospitals and light rail. They explained how they use computer modeling, Virtual Reality, 360-degree cameras and drone technology to plan projects, and described how high-tech tools and safety equipment make building jobs more accessible to everyone, according to a release.
“We also talked with students about training opportunities with the electrical apprenticeship program that teaches people to become a skilled craftsman in a highly specialized industry with structured, hands-on learning through the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) and NECA (National Electrical Contractors Association),” Candace Barrier, Rosendin operations manager, said in the release.
“A lot of students we speak with are surprised how reliant construction management is on new and developing technologies,” Scott Salyer, Adolfson & Peterson Construction regional manager, said in the release. “When they find out how their interest in technology can contribute to the creation of awe-inspiring real estate, it definitely makes them see a career in construction as an exciting option.”
Dozens of companies participated in Eastmark High School’s career fair that focused on the school’s academies of business/leadership, fine arts/media, medical/social health and STEM, the release states.
Rosendin is an electrical contracting company focused on heavy industrial, commercial and high-tech construction. Landmark projects in Arizona include a long-term project at an East Valley semiconductor manufacturing facility, the new Veterans Affairs healthcare facility, Sky Harbor International Airport People Mover and the Tempe Streetcar project. For career opportunities, go to rosendin.com/careers.
Adolfson & Peterson Construction is a family-owned construction manager and general contractor that has worked on health care, office, education, municipal and industrial projects in the region for the past 30 years. Past and current K-12 projects include work for the Academies of Math and Science, BASIS Charter Schools, The Leona Group, Higley Unified School District and Candeo Schools Inc. For career opportunities, go to a-p.com/careers.