Construction involves more than just wearing a hard hat. They’re jobs that require problem-solving abilities and math skills like calculating measurements, weights, and the ability to read blueprints.

Construction careers mean success: Jakob Soper
Jakob Soper, Journeyman Welder

Jakob Soper has construction work in his blood. After years of growing up around his brother’s successful construction business, he knew he, too, wanted a skilled trade. Jakob chose welding and began down the manufacturing path as an entry-level light builder at Full-Spectrum Solutions in Jackson, Michigan.

Jakob’s welding career really sparked after completing two U.S. Michigan Department of Labor-registered apprenticeships over a five-year span. He earned a journeyman’s license and his AWS D1.1 welder certification through technical career apprenticeships offered by the Jackson Area Manufacturers Association in partnership with The Enterprise Group of Jackson and South Central Michigan Works! And the best part for Jakob? He’ll be able to use his licenses and certifications wherever he goes across the United States.

His future is as strong as the welds he creates―and all because he chose a skilled trade path less taken.

Did You Know? One of the benefits of becoming a construction worker is that you’ll be able to use your licenses and certifications wherever you go across the United States?

The average weekly pay for a Michigan construction job is $980?

Construction jobs are ranked in the top six occupations with the best retirement benefits?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 10 percent of all U.S. construction industry workers are female?

Related Resources

Unionized Construction Apprentice Schools in Michigan 
Provides a quick glimpse of some of the trades involved in construction, along with information on how to access the excellent training provided through union apprenticeship and journeyman training programs.

Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council 
Helps protect the safety, working conditions and wages of Michigan’s unionized construction workforce.

Michigan Laborers’ Training and Apprenticeship Institute
Construction Craft Laborers' have been able to gain new skills or upgrade their current skills by attending classes at MLTAI. Laborers' who are new to the trade can acquire the necessary skills to enter the construction industry with a degree of confidence.

Construction Association of Michigan: Construction - Opportunities - Resources – Education (CORE) Program
Addressing the widening gap between demand and qualified individuals, The Construction Association of Michigan has developed our CORE program.

Michigan’s Construction Industry Profile
Industry description, employment trends, and wages.

Michigan Road2Work
Designed as a “one-stop shop” for information about apprenticeships, apprenticeship readiness services, and business opportunities.

Construction Skilled Trades Tour

Take a Construction Skilled Trades Tour with Tom Daldin at Erhardt Construction.

Watch the Video →

Ad Image
Careers for Kids

Tom Daldin talks to children about early curiosities and Skilled Trade jobs in Michigan.

Watch the videos →

Ad Image
Post-Secondary Education Opportunities

Educational institutions that offer Skilled Trades training and programs.

View list →

Ad Image