FDOT Media Release
March 27, 2017 5:03 p.m.
Florida Department of Transportation and industry partners are hosting the Construction Career Days event for high school students Tuesday (March 28) through Thursday (March 30) this week at the Equestrian Center, 13611 Normandy Boulevard in Jacksonville.
How do you get high school students interested in a career in the road and bridge construction industry? Give them a chance to experience the different types of jobs available by letting them have hands-on learning experiences and a chance for $1,000 scholarships to either college or vocational school.
Florida Construction Career Days has scheduled more than 2,000 juniors and seniors from 44 schools in 11 different counties to attend.
Florida Department of Transportation, Florida Transportation Builders’ Association and the Federal Highway Administration combine to sponsor the event. More than 100 companies in the transportation builders industry volunteer their employees to conduct learning labs that include the operation of equipment as part of a full day of curriculum.
Industry partners including construction contractors, engineering firms, equipment vendors, state and local agencies, colleges and military organizations provide a diverse range of subjects for the students to experience. The various education labs include bridge repair, GPS surveying, geotechnical exploration, asphalt and concrete testing, pole climbing and Intelligent Transportation Systems.
A career center teaches students how to prepare and practice for job interviews. Outside, students can operate heavy equipment such as excavators and backhoes in games of skill.
Additional information is available at the Northeast Florida Construction Career Days website at www.nflccd.com.