Looking for a Job in Construction?

Unlock your earning potential with a career in construction.

Three Integrated Areas
of Focus

The Construction Workforce Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee will house training, career counseling and placement and industry resources
under one roof, bringing employers and industry closer to students in construction.

Hamilton County Vocational School for ​11th & 12th Grade

Graduates from the Center will receive at least five certifications in construction, work-based learning opportunities, career counseling, and dual enrollment from Chattanooga State Community College / TCAT.

TCAT Adult Construction Certification and Training

Certification training, instruction and mentorship for adults interested in careers in construction.

AGC Industry Business and Career Center

AGC East Tennessee’s career awareness and resource center for students and candidates, and education and business support for industry professionals.

Goals for the
Construction Career Center


Provide an avenue of success for students and adults gifted with an aptitude for construction careers.


Improve the quality and quantity of the regional construction workforce.


Create better awareness of career paths and opportunities in construction.


Enhance the perception of construction careers across the region.


Create more diversity and inclusion among the construction workforce and in business ownership.


Showcase and encourage technology and innovation in the construction industry.

Metrics for Success

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100% placement in job, union pathway or continuation in construction-related education

Graduates from the Center will receive at least five certifications in construction, work-based learning opportunities, career counseling, and dual enrollment from Chattanooga State Community College / TCAT.

The Construction Industry’s Needs

The average age of a construction tradesman is approximately 49, and for every person being trained in construction trades, ​five people are retiring. Nationally, the industry will need 3 million construction workers by 2028.

Concerted effort to create awareness of careers in construction

Centralized hub of information to better navigate training opportunities and job connections

Training space for construction programs and other post-secondary workforce training space

Work-based learning opportunities for high school students

Construction certification programs and consistent curriculum for high school students across region

Better connectivity between industry and candidates

More exposure to innovation and new technology to create better efficiencies to meet workforce deficiencies

The Opportunity

Careers in construction trades can be lucrative and rewarding! Below are average national salaries for craftspeople
based on a survey from the National Center for Construction Education and Research.*​

Trade
Average National Salary*

Carpenter $56,877
Electrician $67,268
Heavy Equipment Operator $60,828
HVAC Technician $62,472
Ironworker $60,060
Mason $56,784
Pipefitter $62,697
Plumber $59,627
Rigger $57,084
Sheet Metal Worker $58,160
Surveyor $65,300
Welder $71,067


* These are national averages based on a NCCER craft salary survey from 2018 and do not reflect guaranteed salaries.

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