Construction jobs pay off well
For team players who lend a hand and think along
So far, only a few students have looked at the construction industry when they are asked about their career aspirations. And often only because they know too little about the industry. If you think of sweaty, sunburned men without a school leaving certificate when you think of construction, you are definitely wrong. Instead, well-trained specialists are needed here who enjoy working in a team, lending a hand and being able to think along. Against all prejudices, women are also welcome here. Because the tasks, like the job profiles, are so diverse that muscle strength and a corresponding physique are not always important. However, it is important for the construction work that you enjoy working with machines and that you are interested in technology. This applies both to the professions for which you need dual vocational training, but also to the jobs that you can only do with a degree. Because either specialists in the construction industry operate technical devices or they are responsible for preliminary planning - as in engineering professions, for example - and must be familiar with the relevant technology.
Jobs in construction: good salary and great career opportunities
Start your dual degree in civil engineering
Are you interested in the construction industry, but can't decide between training and studying? Then the dual study course in civil engineering suits you well: Here you get theoretical knowledge at a university in Cologne, Bochum or Wuppertal and you also gain a lot of practical experience during an apprenticeship. Then an extremely varied job is waiting for you! For example, you prepare static calculations for new and existing structures, coordinate the teams on the construction site and find creative approaches to implementing construction projects. Sounds exciting? Then apply by May 15th!
Good pay, excellent future prospects
Regardless of which profession you ultimately choose, one thing is certain: because companies can almost always look forward to full order books, they pay their employees a decent salary. Even as an apprentice you are one of the top earners, because young people are desperately wanted. According to the Construction Industry Association of North Rhine-Westphalia, the average training salary in the first year is 890 euros, in the second year 1,130 euros and in the third even around 1,495 euros per month. You can also hope for a secure job. 760,000 skilled workers are currently employed in the approximately 74,000 construction companies. According to forecasts, there will be even more in the future. Because regardless of whether in the country or in the city, in good or bad weather, in good or bad economic times - there is always construction going on. If you have a job with one of the many construction companies and can convince through hard work and performance, you don't need to worry about unemployment.
Apprenticeship or studies?
Apprenticeship or study - which educational path is worthwhile? It depends what you want. If you enjoy working with your hands and want to take a proud look at your work at the end of the day, dual training is right for you. In addition, the development opportunities after graduation are usually more diverse than after studying. As a trained drywall fitter, for example, you can acquire various further training certificates or work your way up step by step to become a foreman, factory foreman, certified foreman or industrial foreman. If you have sufficient professional experience or a (technical) Abitur, you can also go to a university. If you are more of a theorist, studying can be the right way to start your professional life. With the choice of a certain course of study, you often commit yourself to a field of work and have fewer opportunities to further your subject. Financially, the differences are often not that great: an apprentice who can be trained to become a master often earns just as well in the construction industry as a skilled worker. The decisive factor in choosing your educational path should therefore only be your interest.
Training in building construction, civil engineering or expansion
There are many possibilities among the training courses. You can learn a profession in building construction, civil engineering or expansion. To the classics in Building construction for example, the dual training to become a concrete and reinforced concrete worker. Here you will learn how to manufacture components for new buildings and constructions such as bridges, high-rise buildings or halls from concrete and reinforced concrete. This includes working with heavy equipment such as jogging and tampering machines, but you also have to read installation plans and be able to calculate the need for building materials. As a furnace and chimney builder, you are responsible for setting up fireplaces, chimneys and flue gas ducts. It depends on accuracy and care. The systems only function properly if the dimensions and values specified in advance are adhered to.
in the Civil engineering you can, for example, become a pipeline or sewer builder. Regardless of whether you take care of sewer pipes or supply systems for water, gas or oil: You dig trenches with excavators, lay the corresponding pipes and check their tightness. As a road builder, you remove road surfaces and renew them with the help of excavators, compressed air devices, caterpillars and road milling machines. You work in a similar way as a track builder - instead of asphalt and stones, however, you lay rails and switches.
The carpenter is a classic apprenticeship in expansion. If you like to work with wood, you can achieve great things here: You build stairs, roof trusses or even entire wooden houses or bridges. When you are not working with planing and sawing machines, you have a protractor, plumb line and spirit level in hand.
Academics are also in demand on the construction site
If you don't necessarily want to go the traditional way of training, you can choose to study. Dual courses of study that combine the advantages of an apprenticeship and a degree are widespread: The theory is taught in seminar rooms and lecture halls, the practice in a training company. At the end of the day you will have completed an apprenticeship and a university degree. In this way, you can study civil engineering for eight semesters, for example. Here you will learn a lot about building physics, building materials, technical mechanics and maths. If you are more enthusiastic about electrics and electrical engineering, the nine-semester dual degree in energy and building technology might suit you better. Among other things, you will learn the basics of building system technology, air conditioning, heating and cooling systems and electrical building equipment.
If you only decide to go to university after you have completed your training, you can also complete a part-time course. Advantage: You continue to work and earn money. Within eight semesters you will graduate, so to speak, "on the side" - for example as a civil engineer with a focus on construction site management. Here you will learn economic thinking and a lot about the topics of occupational safety, project management, drawing up contracts and building law.
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