Construction Jobs to Spike with DMC Growth

Created: 04/01/2014 6:51 PM
By: Brianna Long

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Mayo's massive expansion, Destination Medical Center, is expected to bring more than 30,000 jobs to the city. And because of new buildings, and more housing, some of those jobs will be in the skilled trade workers industry, like construction workers, and brick layers.

The students in the carpentry program at RCTC don't spend too much time in a traditional classroom. That's because their classroom, a house that's being built almost completely by the students themselves.

"I like doing the finish work, siding, roofing, and trim," said Kaylyn Nygaard, a student in the program.

What the students also like, is the job outlook.

"Just talking in general with other contractors and that. The anticipation is that that need will grow, which compounds the problem for unskilled help," said Dan Severson, the owner of Severson Builders.

There is already a high demand in Rochester for skilled workers, which these students saw first hand by the number of contractors that showed up at a recent job fair. 

"The interesting thing is, they weren't looking for summer help. They were looking to hire people for careers. They were looking for five and ten year commitments," said Steve Carlson, the carpentry instructor at RCTC.

It's a prospect that, the students say, makes them want to stay in Rochester after graduation.

"There's a lot of crews here I can get on to. A lot of work going up, there's a lot of work to be done," said Nygaard.

"There's a lot of suburbs going up and different developments and the Mayo is expanding so there will be a lot of jobs created here," said fellow student Jack Ihrke.

"Right when I get out of here, I bet I could get something. So that'll be good," said Ryan Stellmaker.

The hope is that they'll be able to transition from their classroom, to their career, and make a good living doing it.