Industry eyes high school construction skills event

construction student working on electrical boxOn Friday, Feb. 15, and Saturday, Feb. 16, 50 construction professionals will judge the skills of 111 local high school  students, who are preparing to enter the industry, in six categories; Construction Technology, Advanced Carpentry, Electrical, Plumbing, Masonry, and TeamWorks, which involves a four-person team building a project from a blueprint.

It’s all part of the SkillsUSA Region 6 Construction Championships which will be held at Catalina Magnet High School from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. On day two, TeamWorks competitors will finish their projects, and the State Sheet Metal Fabrication competition will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Each category is sponsored by an industry partner, and first through third place winners will receive trade specific tools and the opportunity to compete at the State SkillsUSA Championships in April. As the construction industry grapples for workers, industry partners count on this event to draw more students to join their ranks in high-paying, in-demand jobs.

Participating high schools include:

  • Benson
  • Bisbee
  • Catalina Magnet
  • Canyon del Oro
  • JTED @ Star
  • Sahuarita
  • San Manuel
  • Santa Rita
  • Vail
  • Wilcox.

The event coordinators are Jack Draper, john.draper@tusd1.org, and Jim Luckow, jluckow@pimajted.org.