175 high school construction students to compete in SkillsUSA Championship event

As the nation faces a shortage of skilled trades people, approximately 175 JTED students representing 10 regional high schools will demonstrate skills they’ve learned to more than a dozen local construction companies who are sponsoring the Region 6 SkillsUSA Construction Championships Friday, January 31, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Catalina High School, (3546 E. Pima Street).

Mike Goodwin, operations manager at Climatec and the Chair of the Arizona Builders Alliance Workforce Development Committee, says the event gives industry a chance to mentor students and sow seeds for the future with students who are interested in the construction trades. “We want to enlighten the next generation that the construction industry is a great place to have a career that is very fulfilling.”

Students, judged by industry professionals, will compete in the following areas:

  • Construction Tech – Sponsored by Barker Contracting
  • Advanced Carpentry – Sponsored by Lloyd Construction
  • Electrical – Sponsored by Wilson Electric
  • Masonry – Sponsored by Sun Valley Construction
  • Plumbing – Sponsored by R.G & Sons Plumbing and Sun Mechanical
  • Cabinetry – Sponsored by Millwork by Design
  • HVAC – Sponsored by TRANE
  • Teamworks – Sponsored by CORE Construction
  • Sheet metal – Sponsored by Sun Mechanical

Companies providing safety and other equipment include:

  • General Air Control
  • DPR Construction
  • Sunstate Equipment
  • Advanced Controls Corp.
  • BBSI
  • Corbins Electric
  • McCraren Compliance
  • Sundt Construction
  • JB Steel
  • Kazal Fire Protection
  • Barker Contracting
  • Midstate Mechanical
  • Arcpoint Labs