The outlook for jobs in construction and energy management is strong and demand is high!
According to the Energy, Construction, and Utilities California Community Colleges Workforce & Economic Development, the construction trades in California employ over 840,000 people and are growing at an average rate of 146,000 jobs each year. The average salary in the construction trades is $65,000 per year.
Growth in Sustainability
There is a massive effort by the State of California and PG&E to electrify and integrate renewable energy for all levels and types of construction throughout our great state. This will only be accomplished by developing a workforce that is knowledgeable and competent to adopt new skills and technology, particularly in regard to energy and water efficiency. We are in the midst of a historic drought in California which will most likely stimulate increased attention to water preservation, conservation, and efficiency. Energy and water efficiency are at the heart of most CEM courses and labs, and there remains a steadfast theme of sustainability throughout the entire CEM program. Our goal is to improve the quality of life for our local community while reducing the burden on our precious planet.
Construction and Building Inspector
Building Inspectors are employed by either a city, township or county and are usually certified in one or more disciplines qualifying them to make professional judgment about whether a building meets building code requirements. A building inspector may be certified either as a residential or commercial building inspector, as a plumbing, electrical, or mechanical inspector, or other specialty-focused inspector who may inspect structures at different stages of completion.
2021 median income was $61,640 per year or $29.63 per hour according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Construction Project Manager
Construction managers plan, coordinate, budget, and supervise construction projects from start to finish.
The field is growing faster than average and 2021 median income was $98,890 per year or $47.55 per hour according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers work on heating, ventilation, cooling, and refrigeration systems.
2021 median income was $48,630 per year or $23.38 per hour according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Currently, there is a fast-trak effort to raise awareness and interest for Heat Pumps as they will be the future heart of mechanical systems.
The CEM program is currently developing a Heat Pump course and lab to meet this need and provide an opportunity for students to get trained quickly to rapidly enter this super high-demand career. The planned launch of the Heat Pump course and lab offering is tentatively scheduled for Summer 2023…stay tuned!