Back to School: Teaching the Truth About Construction

Construction has a labor problem. By one estimate, for every 5 skilled workers who retire, there is only 1 new employee entering construction.1 A big contributing factor to this issue is that kids aren’t all that interested in joining the construction workforce. Among young Americans who have decided on a preliminary career path, only 3% express interest in construction and 63% say they’ll give the industry little or no consideration, regardless of pay.2 

Why aren’t young people interested in construction? Unfortunately, many people have antiquated perceptions about construction work and those who do that labor. If we want to keep our industry alive and thriving, we need to dispel those myths and misconceptions. That’s why Equipment Trader is using this post to take readers back to school, and teaching them the truth about construction. Continue reading “Back to School: Teaching the Truth About Construction”

Bertha Being Dismantled After Record-Breaking Dig

In one corner, weighing in at 8,000 tons, with a cutterhead height of 57.5 feet, and a machine length of 326 feet, Big Bertha!!! You definitely don’t want to be in the other corner!!

Last month, Bertha, the world’s biggest “earth pressure balance boring machine” finished digging a gigantic tunnel under the city of Seattle to replace a damaged highway viaduct. The completed tunnel stretches 1.75 miles – or 9,270 feet – long and is 5-stories tall!! And now, with the job done, she’s being pulled apart. Continue reading “Bertha Being Dismantled After Record-Breaking Dig”