High School Mentorships Help Close Hiring Gap
August 17, 2018
The construction industry is currently experiencing a shortage of skilled craft and professional workers. We must proactively reach out to our future workers in new ways. Zachry Construction Corporation successfully started to reach out for skilled craft workers through our partnership with the Construction Careers Academy. This engineering high school internship program will begin our journey to address the shortage of young professionals.
The Zachry Corp Career Exploration Program for Dreamers is for students who have an interest in engineering and would like to find out what opportunities are available for them in the construction industry. Participants of this eight-week program will explore new ways of collecting, analyzing and distributing the data through research programs that will be used on future projects. We will be leveraging the IoT (Internet of Things) using raspberry pi sensors built by the students using 3D printers. Data capture with Smart Glasses, laser scanners, unmanned aerial vehicles and 360 cameras, information delivery and collaboration with Bluebeam, augmented reality, mixed reality, enhanced reality and virtual reality. Introduction of processes like mind mapping, task management, team based problem solving, and estimating and CPR first aid certification allows the participants to take away skills to assist in school and life.
The Program was completed on August 17 as students returned to school. Students returned to high school with a better path and excitement for engineering and construction technology.