Prepare yourself for a lucrative career and learn valuable skills that bridge the physical and digital worlds. This path prepares you to embark on a career in the construction trades—and to set yourself apart in this competitive industry.
Discover the pathways that lead to a career in construction.
Explore the types of work in the construction trades.
Identify opportunities for future career advancement.
Skilled Trades: Construction Apprenticeship Foundations with Bridget Quinn
Discover what a career in the trades can offer you. Learn about opportunities in the skilled trades, how apprenticeships work, and how to land a job in the trade of your choice.
1h 10m • COURSE
Skilled Trades: Interviews with Bridget Quinn
Explore the different types of skilled trades—as well as how to carve out a career in your trade of choice—in this weekly series of interviews with industry professionals.
1h 38m • COURSE
Skilled Trades: Resumes and Portfolios with Bridget Quinn
Applying for an apprenticeship program? Learn what goes into a skilled trades portfolio and resume, and how to construct ones that highlight all that you have to offer.
19m 12s • COURSE
Electrical Systems: Reading Drawings and Schematics with Christopher Randall
Learn how to read electrical drawings, including blueprints, schedules, diagrams, and schematics.
47m 27s • COURSE
Electrical Systems: Panel Boards, Frequency Drives, and Transformers with Christopher Randall
Learn all about the key building blocks of electrical systems: panel boards, frequency drives, and transformers.
29m 4s • COURSE
On the Job Site: Construction with Jim Rogers
Get "on the job" insights into the construction industry. Learn what's going on in the field when it comes to job safety, technology, and construction project management.
40m 50s • COURSE
Construction Industry: Techniques and Technology with Jim Rogers
Explore the trends, techniques, and technology being embraced by the construction industry, in this series.
4h 16m • COURSE
Construction Management: Reading Drawings & Specifications with Jim Rogers
Learn to read the different components that make up construction plans and discover how to approach title blocks, line types, views of the work to be built, and more.
2h 20m • COURSE
Learning Construction Estimating with Christopher Randall
Creating high-quality, accurate estimates is a critical part of construction. Learn what it takes to get started as a professional estimator.
15m 22s • COURSE
You'll learn construction skills with these experts.
Bridget Quinn is a workforce development coordinator at the NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center.
Bridget is a graduate of the Inside Wireman apprenticeship program offered through the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 48 and the Oregon-Columbia chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). She has worked in the electrical industry since 2000 and holds a general journey-level electrical license.
Bridget has worn a number of different hats besides the typical hard hat while teaching classes and promoting apprenticeships under the umbrella of the apprenticeship community. She has played a significant role in increasing the number of underrepresented people entering the union electrical trade and is an apprenticeship information resource for secondary and post-secondary educators and counselors.
Chris Randall is the chief estimator and project manager at Ridley Electric Co., Inc. in Syracuse, NY.
Chris has over 25 years of experience in large construction. He provides training and supervision to junior estimators and project managers. His field supervisory experience, as well as involvement with other types of external organizations, gives him a well-rounded understanding of the construction industry.
When he isn't building things, Chris volunteers as an EMT, firefighter, and first aid and CPR instructor.
Jim Rogers is a recognized leader in the fields of construction management and occupational safety and health.
Jim has 30+ years of experience in areas such as project management and occupational safety and health. He focuses on educating the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) community about the link between safety, quality, and productivity. Jim draws on a unique combination of real-world experience, time spent as the director of the Western OSHA Training Institute Education Center, and his role teaching construction management and safety at Arizona State University. His current interests are focused in two areas. The first is the digital evolution of the construction industry. The second involves bringing occupational safety and health knowledge to people in other industries.