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Frequently Asked Questions

When was the first construction career day?

The first IDOT Career Day was held in Springfield in 2007. Events have been held in both Springfield and Chicago since that time.

Construction Career Day events are held throughout the nation. The first Construction Career Fair was held March 2-5, 1999, in Lewisville, Texas, at Granite Construction Company’s yard. From this modest beginning, Construction Career Days have spread throughout the country. The events have served to improve the image of the construction industry while providing high school and college students a broad array of rewarding and diverse career opportunities.

What is Career Day?

The Illinois Department of Transportation Career Day is a workforce development tool designed to introduce high school students to careers in the transportation industry. Through hands-on activities, exhibits and heavy equipment demonstrations; local high school students will have the opportunity to learn about several exciting transportation-related careers. Through the collaboration of these organizations and IDOT, youth can be inspired to consider one of the many rewarding careers in transportation, thus providing the industry with the professionals of tomorrow.

What should our students wear?

Students should wear closed toe shoes and pants. The students will be provided safety glasses and a helmet upon arrival.

What types of exhibitors/careers will be present?

IDOT invites professional organizations, schools of engineering, vocational schools, trade unions, and other with direct involvement in the design, construction, and maintenance of our transportation system

What is the future of transportation-related jobs?

  • There will be 1 million new jobs in the construction industry by 2016
  • The construction industry employs more than 7.7 million people in the US
  • The average age of workers in the skilled trades nationwide is 48
  • Baby boomers (born 1945-1950) will start retiring in 2010-2015

When do Career Day events typically end and start each day?

Although individual events may vary, Career Day events typically take place in the middle portion of the day, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

When are the next Career Day events?

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