Houston was not built from behind a desk.
The construction industry is thriving in Houston, with demand for skilled craft professionals at an all-time high. As anyone who works in the industry will tell you, there is no better feeling than creating something from nothing—watching an empty lot turn into a finished product.
As a craft professional, you could plan, manage, build, or maintain new buildings that continuously reshape the Houston skyline. From office buildings and manufacturing plants to hospitals, colleges and schools, the possibilities for what you could create are endless. No two projects are the same, and neither are any two days at a construction career. A construction career could be right for you if you want to leave a legacy, like working with your hands, have an eye for detail, and function well as part of a team.
My life as a PIPEFITTER FOREMAN
In many ways, Michael Reyes Canseco found himself when he found a career in construction. As he grew in his career, he says, he grew into the person he is today. He sees the benefits not only for himself, but also for his family.
Michael uses critical thinking skills to execute projects on time and within budget. Learn more applications of critical thinking and other key soft skills.
My life as a leadman carpenter
Six years after graduating from high school, Keith is a first-line supervisor—a leadman—at MAREK, on a career path that could take him to management in the construction industry. “Construction is an open industry, especially in Houston, and it’s very rewarding,” Keith said.
Keith’s love for learning new things has helped him advance in his career. See how else this growth mindset, and other soft skills, can be critical to a successful career.
My life as an Apprentice Electrician
Greg Morales has been at TRIO Electric for only a few months, and already he’s developed a five-year plan for himself. Greg envisions working his way up to a supervisor on multi-million-dollar projects. “With the opportunities that TRIO provides, your willingness to learn is going to take you places,” he said.
Greg says that a willingness to learn will take you places. Learn more about what it means to have this kind of growth mindset and about other soft skills that drive career success.
My life as a Rigger
Matthew Petrou has bachelors’ degrees in both finance and business marketing, but the life’s work he’s ultimately chosen is construction. “If you come out here and apply yourself, you’re going to be capable of some great things in some very short periods of time,” he said.
Matthew describes how gaining experience can lead to new opportunities and advancement. See how this demonstrates a growth mindset, a key skill employers value.