They say there’s no such thing as a stupid question. They are wrong, as anyone who’s ever uttered the words, “What does this button do?” can tell you. The questions below are not stupid questions; they are FAQs. Just don’t ask what FAQs are. That would be a stupid question.
The construction industry is the largest employer in the world, and is projected to grow 70 percent by 2025. You’re welcome.
The construction industry employs approximately 200,000 people in Washington. Take that, Starbucks!
Downtown Seattle has 65 major construction projects underway, totaling $3.5 billion as of June 2016. Business is booming.
By the summer of 2018, 3,000 new hotel rooms are scheduled to open in Seattle. That’s a lotta mints on a lotta pillows.
Construction makes up about 10 percent of America’s Gross Domestic Product. It is one of country’s largest industries. Nothing gross about that.
The office market in the Puget Sound region has 6.9 million square feet currently under construction, making it the fifth busiest in the country behind Houston, the Bay Area, New York and Dallas.
The wage for a Group 3 Laborer in Western Washington is $32.29 an hour, plus $9.80 an hour in healthcare and pension benefits. Nice work if you can get it. (Psst! You can get it.)
The wage for a first-year laborer apprentice in Western Washington is $17.37 an hour, plus $9.80 an hour in healthcare and pension benefits. Not too shabby, huh?
There are 7,700 new apartments going up in Seattle through 2019.
The construction industry needs 240,000 craft professionals every year to keep up with project demands nationwide.
Seattle ranks among the top 10 biotech clusters in the country.
Estimates indicate the U.S. population of construction machines is approximately 3 million units, but only about one-third of the total fleet is in operation at any given time.
97 percent of general contractors currently use mobile devices on job sites.
Bluebeam Revu for the iPad is the most widely used app in the construction industry.
Tunnel boring machines (TBMs) were first developed in the 1950s, and have become the standard method for putting tunnels in hard rock and compacted sediment.
The University of Washington, Washington State University and Central Washington University offer construction management degrees.
Nationwide, there are over 375,000 apprentices currently obtaining the skills they need to succeed while earning wages they need to build financial security.
In Washington, the Construction Craft Laborer Apprenticeship program consists of 6,000 hours of on-the-job training and 480 hours of classroom training before being promoted to Journeyperson.
Training for apprentices registered with a local union hall is free, including free room and board while attending courses at various training locations.
There are currently over 9,000 apprentices working in construction in Washington state, learning a trade and earning wages to secure their future.
Construction-related jobs account for approximately 66 percent of all jobs in the United States.
Caterpillar is the world’s #1 heavy equipment manufacturer. Komatsu and Hitachi are #2 and #3.
Currently, there are approximately 6,000 women who are members of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC).