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Posted on Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 5:12 a.m.

Washtenaw Contractors Association hosts 'JUST BUILD IT!' expo for area students

By Staff

The “JUST BUILD IT!” Construction Career Expo Oct. 31 introduced 14,000 students from 35 to the broad range of career opportunities available in architecture, engineering and construction. The expo was presented by the Washtenaw Contractors Association in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Transportation.


The students participated in a variety of hands-on demonstrations. Here, a student learns about soldering from a member of the United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 190.

photos courtesy of WCA


Students climbed a two-story vertical iron column as part of a demo by the United Association of Iron Workers Local 25.

The students participated in a variety of hands-on demonstrations, including designing structures using blocks, cards, spaghetti and other materials; climbing a two-story vertical iron column; soldering; operating construction equipment using simulators; participating in nailing contests against journeymen carpenters; and raising a small barn.

In addition to trying their hand at the work done in all three of these aspects of the construction industry, the students learned what education and training is needed for these careers.

Exhibitors at the 2012 JUST BUILD IT! Career Expo included skilled trade apprentices, engineers, architects, surveyors, general contractors, subcontractors, colleges, universities, and construction associations.


Expo participants "raised" a small barn.

Participating schools from Washtenaw County included Ann Arbor Learning Community, the Ann Arbor Student Building Industry Program, Manchester High School, Scarlett Middle School, Skyline High School, South & West Washtenaw Consortium, Whitmore Lake Middle School and Willow Run Intermediate Learning Center.

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