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Adversities of Working in Inclement Weather

Welcome back to our blog, we hope the information we have been providing in our most recent posts are keeping you engaged. This Sunday we were graced with a snowy morning in Texas. Ironically today we want to touch on working as a construction employee during inclement weather. Get cozy, grab your coffee and lock in for the next 3minutes.

Having a job that requires you to be outside can be very trivial. Inclement weather can be rain, hail, snow, high winds or extremely high temperatures. This makes it unsafe to work and poses a threat to the buildings under construction as well as the employees. Weather is unpredictable but never a mystery, working on multiple projects in the construction industry it is important to pay attention to weather and plan days within the projects so that there isn’t any lost time.

No matter where you are located in the United States you will at some point experience extreme weather conditions. Construction workers in Texas experienced a delay today because of snowfall. Even though this seems negative, it is not. Weather delays give these employees the opportunity to take a step back and focus on other important factors on the site.

Each major weather event that occurs gives anyone in the industry an opportunity to learn how to maneuver in these weather conditions. Days like today should give you an idea to plan ahead before starting new projects. Your safety is a priority and time is of the essence. With or without warning of a major storm on the rise, it is important to have proper plans in place in order to be successful in this industry.

Don’t wait until it’s too late to plan ahead for the weather, be prepared and aware of the affects inclement weather can face on you and your team.

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3 Careers in Construction That DON’T Require a Degree

You have been asking yourself, “why should I start a career in construction?”. The question I have for you is have you figured out why? This is an industry that has been growing since the beginning of time. If you read our blog post from Sunday, you would have learned a little bit about Imhotep and the impact, he placed on the construction industry. There are many ways for you to succeed in this industry without a degree. You will leave this article not only with career knowledge but with an open mind to move forward in your future.  

With an industry that is continuously growing you need more employees than you can think of. While technology is growing so is the industry. These technological advances are creating more jobs for people that never expected to work in construction. The first thing you think of when you think about construction is someone on the side of the road building something. Of course, that is one route you can take in this industry, but you could also be behind the scenes of these ongoing projects. We are going to go over 3 careers that you can choose in construction without a degree.  

Carpentry is one of the oldest fields in construction, but it is still a well-paying career path that does not require a degree. A carpenter is someone who specializes in working with wood/timber to construct and maintain buildings and furniture. In the state of Texas, the average carpenter makes $55,903.00. Of course, pay depends on the city that you live in. A carpenter could specialize in cabinetmaking, framework, rough carpentry, scenic carpentry, the list goes on.  

The next career choice we will get into is Equipment Operation. The job description is self-explanatory, but an equipment operator is someone who drives and operates a piece of machinery used in the industry. In the state of Texas, you can make $37, 323.00 a year.  

The third career we will go over is pipefitting. A pipefitter can also be known as a steam fitter, is trained in fitting, assembling, and maintaining mechanical piping system’s that must withstand high pressure. Pipe fitters or steamfitters work with metals that they shape through welding. These pipes thar are created are used on specific job instillations on residential or industrial sites. As a pipefitter you can make $55,872.00 a year. 

It is possible to succeed in this career without a degree. Choosing an entry level career in construction allows you the opportunity to continue to grow with a company you love. Construction allows you to focus on the trade of your choice. We hope this article was able to help you in some way while you look for a new career in the construction industry.  

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The First Black Architect

Written By: Jasmine Frazier

Construction is the foundation of African American history. This dates as far back as 2600 BC. During this time period the first black architect was born. Imhotep, he was an Egyptian Polymath whose name means “He who comes in peace”. He was a physician, architect, mathematician, and astronomer. Although he was known for many of his talents, he was famous for being the architect of King Djoser’s Step Pyramid at Saqqara.

Under King Djoser’s rule Imhotep was over the construction of his home. This was the beginning of change. The tombs original structure was changed from a rectangular structure to a square one. He is credited for inventing the method of stone-dressed building and using columns in architecture. Doing something out of the ordinary was only the beginning of what pushed Imhotep’s practices to be remembered well on after his life. Outside of construction Imhotep is also remembered for being the god of medicine and healing.

Imhotep was also listed as the first known physician. During his time under King Djoser’s rule, it is said that he treated over 200 diseases in his lifetime like tuberculosis, gout, gallstones and arthritis.

The life of Imhotep is not only remarkable but it is inspiring. He was able to heal, build and protect under a kings ruling during a key point in our worlds history.

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