Madison area students get hands-on look at stages of home construction at career fair

FITCHBURG, Wis. — Hundreds of Madison area students on Wednesday got a first-hand look at what goes into building houses.

As part of the Madison Area Builders Association’s fall career day, students were able to walk through eight homes in the Terrevessa development on Fitchburg’s east side. At each house, a presenter talked through the different stages of construction.

“We’re calling it a walkthrough because they’re actually starting at an empty lot and then going to the foundation, going to framing, the mechanicals, all the way to a finished product so you can kind of see the entire process of a build,” Chad Lawler, MABA’s executive director, explained.

The event also served as a way to introduce students to the variety of jobs available in the construction industry and helped to disprove what Lawler said is a misconception that construction “is just swinging hammers.”

“In the next three years, we’re going to need about 2.2 million new individuals entering the trades just to keep up with current demand, and so that just shows the amount of opportunities that are out there, and they’re very high-paying entry jobs that don’t require a lot of additional schooling,” he said.

While MABA has held similar events in the spring, this is the first time students have taken part in the walkthrough-style demonstration and the first event the organization has put together in the fall.

Roughly 250 students from 10 different schools took part in the event.