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Construction companies need skilled and unskilled workers

Posted at 6:21 PM, Nov 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-17 10:47:19-05

A shortage of construction workers is one of the signs of Las Vegas's economic rebound.

The plethora of projects has left companies without all the employees they need.

"Sometimes it is challenging to find workers," said Rene Abuerto, a project manager with Muller Construction. "They're very busy and this year we've definitely noticed that a lot."

Abuerto says anyone who wants to work shouldn't have to wait too long to find it.

Aimee Goodwin, the vice president of operations at Muller, says there's demand for both skilled and unskilled workers.

"You can be far more valuable if you're simply responsible and show up on time and accountable," Goodwin said. "Really basic things are invaluable."

Goodwin says laborers can make around $12 an hour.

Skilled workers like electricians, masons and carpenters make more.

Superintendents and project managers can make upwards of $70 an hour, according to Goodwin.

"It's a great time if you're in the construction business," said Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak. "We're employing an awful lot of people. You're looking at $1.9 billion for the stadium, another $1.5 billion for the convention center [expansion]."

Sisolak says now is the time to get trained with a skill.

Trade unions offer apprenticeships and classes for certification.

Leaders at Muller say there's projected to be $15 billion worth of construction here during the next ten years.

To apply for jobs, many construction companies have online applications.

Some, like Muller, say people can walk in to their office with a resume.

Sisolak also advised keeping an eye out for upcoming job fairs.