With a skills gap problem in construction and many military veterans searching for work after their service ends, recruiting former servicemen and servicewomen into construction jobs is a logical strategy. In the first and second parts of this five-part series, the Dade County construction attorneys at Cotney Construction Law discussed many of the challenges for veterans when searching for a job in a civilian field. In this section, we will discuss some of the most popular types of construction that veterans can work in after their service ends.
Types of Construction Projects
As we discussed in the last section, one of the greatest challenges to hiring veterans is getting the word out to let them know that there are opportunities for work in construction. One of the greatest benefits of working in construction is that there are several types of projects that prospective workers can get involved with. For example, hardworking young professionals can work on the following types of projects:
Residential Construction Projects: This common type of construction includes building homes or entire neighborhoods and subdivisions. Everything needed for these projects includes: designing and erecting the home, plumbing, electrical work, roofing, painting, and finishing work.
Commercial Construction Projects: This is a high-end form of construction that involves building hospitals, schools, hotels, malls, and venues. Commercial projects require significant working capital to win a bid. General contractors for commercial projects rely on many subcontractors to help them finish a job over several years.
Transportation and Heavy Construction Projects: When building roads, highways, parking lots, rail facilities, or airports (including runways and hangars), this is considered civil and transportation construction. Heavy construction projects include significant horizontal construction projects including erecting infrastructure, installing bridges, water treatment plants, or other challenging projects. Many of these projects require contractors to procure a federal contract and millions of dollars in working capital.
Work Opportunities for Veterans
With a wide range of construction projects to work on, the good news is that all of these types of projects require specialized professionals to perform every task. For example, even for a smaller scale construction project like building a house, general contractors rely on a variety of talented professionals including architects, engineers (civil and electrical), subcontractors, roofers, plumbers, masons, carpenters, and painters and drywallers.
Military veterans have several opportunities to master a trade and work in a lucrative industry long term with the ability to grow as a professional.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.