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About JUST BUILT IT! Constrution Career Week

For more than twenty years, the Washtenaw Contractors Association (WCA) has hosted the “JUST BUILD IT! Construction Career Expo” for middle and high school student to explore various careers in the commercial construction industry. Drawing an average of 1,600-2,000 students annually, JUST BUILD IT! has served more than 34,000 students from Washtenaw County and beyond since it began in 1998.

In light of restrictions on in-person gatherings due to COVID-19, WCA and its past participants are reimaging the JUST BUILD IT! Construction Career Expo. With input from educators, students, building trades and volunteer leadership, WCA is adapting its one-day on-site expo hall youth career exploration experience to a multi-day combination of real-time and on-demand (recorded) experiences that provide students with access to construction industry professionals and understanding of possible careers.

See the Schedule of Events

Our Goals:

Introduce middle and high-school students in Washtenaw County and throughout Michigan to various careers in the commercial construction industry

Provide equitable access to career exploration activities and experiences

Create lasting assets that support recruitment into the commercial construction industry

What To Expect:

Exploration of Career in the Construction Industry including:

  • Skilled Trades
  • Construction Management
  • Architecture and Design
  • Technology in Construction
  • Sustainability

Live Panel Discussions Highlighting:

  • Women in Construction
  • Former Athletes in Construction
  • Veterans in Construction
  • Education and training options (apprenticeships, community college, and degree programs)
  • Inclusive Design
  • Climate Challenge and How the Built Environment Affects It

Behind-the-scenes Site Walk-throughs of Recognizable Venues

Live Action Demonstrations

Profiles of People/Positions

Design Challenges