Preparing for Jobs in BC’s Construction Boom

The province of British Columbia has numerous construction, mining, transportation and infrastructure projects currently on the go with a number of proposed projects being studied.  This is in addition to numerous billion dollar development projects like the $1.3 billion Hard Crek Nickel Corp mine, the $7.9 billion third damn on the Peace River, the proposed $4 billion Vancouver International Plaza, the $3.3 billion Blue Inlet Hydroelectric project, the $3.1 billion BC Ministry Transportation and Infrastructure Skyline Expansion - Expo Line, the $2.8 billion Skyline - UBC Line and many, many other billion dollar projects

Major development projects like these are resulting in more jobs for construction workers in B.C.  Work BC estimates that by 2015, the British Columbia will require as many as 24,800 more workers some with a starting wage of $45,000 a year.  The Association for Mineral Exploration BC alone forecast to need almost 4,000 highly skilled and technically trained workers over the next 10 years.

In preparation to the major construction boom and the need for highly trained and skilled workers, Brighton College is offering a number of fast track programs related to the construction industry, one of these programs is the Construction Technician certificate program which is a 19 week program and focuses on practical hands on construction industry standard practices used in the local building and civil infrastructures.  Graduates will have all the skills and knowledge required to work as construction technicians, construction estimators, building drafters and project coordinators, among many other related job opportunities.

Another popular option is the Computer Aided Design with AutoCAD certificate program.  This course focuses on both 2D and 3D AutoCAD drawing along with the management tools used by engineering and design firms.  This training program is 17 weeks long and prepares students in building code, engineering graphics, building piping services, electrical systems, civil 3D drawings, construction estimating for much in demand jobs as civil engineering drafters, electrical drafters, interior design drafters, building drafters and similar jobs.

One of the more advanced options is the Civil Infrastructure Design Technology diploma program.  This 32 week program focuses on a wide range of skills including computer aided design and drafting skills using AutoCAD used in the planning and building of road and transportation systems, piping services, construction estimating, urban municipal service design, structural design and analysis along with facility and building structures.  Students will also receive training on tools for estimating and construction used on civil engineering projects.  Graduates will find employment as civil engineering technicians, civil drafting technicians, estimators, surveyor assistants and engineering assistants among many other related job opportunities.