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The energy sector may be booming here in North Dakota, but there is another industry gaining ground in the state.

The saying is that there are two seasons in North Dakota, winter and construction season.  That's more true now than ever.

"It's paramount with the development of the oil, and also now the commercial development, you need people to stay here, you want people to stay here to build these infrastructure projects and maintain these projects," says Jason Ehlert the president of North Dakota Building Trades.

From residential to commercial, industrial and highway, it's an unparalleled time in North Dakota. Across the state, there are more construction projects going on than ever before.  That's why six trade groups from around the state have come together to host Dakota Construction Career Fairs.

"We've got a growing demand in the construction industry, and they're really not just jobs, they're careers. We're looking for hundreds and hundreds of people. The Laborers Union alone needs an additional 350 new members to join the organization just to meet the demand on our end," says Cory Bryson with the Laborer's District Council.

The coalition is an effort to get more North Dakotans into the building trades. The group wants people to know that construction work isn't just a job, it's a career," says Ehlert. "Not one trade is always going to be a perfect fit, there's many avenues represented here tonight and tomorrow. One person may work well with one, but not another."

And in a state known for the energy industry, building trades has benefits of its own.

"Unlike the oil fields, we can work a 40-hour work week, sometimes there's more for overtime, but the guys can be home with their families Monday through Friday. There's nothing wrong with the oil field jobs, but it doesn't work for everybody," says Randy Carlson with Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen.

Man, woman, young or old, whether you've been in the construction industry for years or never before, opportunities are available.

"You're going to earn as you learn. While you're getting training, while you're getting your education, you're going to be making money at the same time," says Ehlert.  It's about creating a strong workforce, but also taking pride in building for the future.

"We want the locals to build their communities and be a part of their communities. That's our main focus and to give them a livable wage to do so with their families," says Bryson.

The six trade groups will be back at the North Dakota State Fair Center Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  For more information on construction careers in North Dakota, visit www.DakotaConstructionCareers.com.

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