Careers in Construction Month

October is Careers in Construction Month, a national initiaitve promoted by the National Center for Construction Education & Research and Build Your Future to raise awareness about the opportunities in the construction industry and inspire the next generation of craft professionals.

This October, the Associated General Contractors Oregon-Columbia Chapter, National Association of Minority Contractors Oregon Chapter, and Portland Public Schools partnered to create and host six virtual events over the course of two days. On October 6th, four contractors provided virtual site tours. Students learned about the type of work performed, visited job sites, explored different occupations, and discovered aligned post-secondary training options.

On October 13th, two virtual panels were held to help students learn about registered apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs in Oregon. The morning panel included pre-apprenticeship and registered apprenticeship representatives, who discussed their program, application process, and tips to a successful application. The afternoon session featured current apprentices in a variety of construction trades. These apprentices shared their career path and discussed their experience in the trainng programming and on the job site.

Below are recordings to each session. They can also be found on Build-Oregon's YouTube page.  



This day focused on commercial construction companies. Learn about the work they perform, employment opportunities,and experience a work day. There are four different opportunities, each focusing on a different type of construction company.

Careers in Construction Month Kick-Off Presentation

Company Profiles & Site Visits

Raimore Construction, a general contractor performing heavy civil projects, is one of the biggest minority contractors on the West Coast. For over 20 years they have employed and mentored people from the community, with roughly 70% of employees being women and/or people of color.

EC Electric’s construction portfolio includes commercial buildings, schools, hospitals, data centers, airports, campuses, and manufacturing and processing plants. EC often collaborates with general contractors and owners early in design to minimize initial cost and maximize operational efficiency for the life of the facility.

Power Systems West has been providing backup power solutions since 1955. They specialize in sales, service, and parts distribution of industrial power products, with service centers in five Western states.


Signature projects across the Pacific Northwest form the portfolio of Todd Construction Inc. They were established in Roseburg in 1942 and built dozens of schools, government buildings, and businesses before migrating north to Tualatin in 1987.



This day focused on registered apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship. In the morning, participants learned about apprenticeship, training details, and learn how to apply. The afternoon session highlights current apprentices in the construction industry. 

  • What is Apprenticeship & How to Apply 

Have you heard of apprenticeship, but aren’t quite certain what it is? At this session, hear from apprenticeship coordinators in the construction trades. They discussed details of their training program, how to apply, and tips for a successful application.


  • Day-in-a-Life of an Apprentice 

Are you interested in what it is like to work on a construction site, or curious about exactly what an apprentice does? Hear from current apprentices as they share their experiences on the job site and in an apprenticeship training program. 


For more info or questions, please contact Aaron Bouchane.











Masonry Trades






Operating Engineer






Sheet Metal Worker



Construction Laborer