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Recruiting & retention
Branch Civil’s Robert Kesselring Named 2022 AEMP Technician of the Year
“He's the person that we call when no one else can figure it out.”
November 2, 2022
Shops Would Do Well to Focus on Culture When Hiring Young Techs, Votech Officials Say
A paycheck isn't everything. Today's diesel tech students view workplace culture as a top consideration.
November 1, 2022
Desperate Shops, Desperate Measures: Diesel Students Win in Hot Market
Aspiring diesel technicians are quickly getting snatched up, but they trail in mechanical skills compared to previous generations.
October 17, 2022
How Contractors are Finding Workers Amid Labor Shortage
As the construction industry continues to struggle to find enough workers, contractors are increasingly looking to new ways – or ramping up traditional ones – to attract and keep employees.
September 13, 2022
Quick-Hire Backfire? 5 Tips for Contractors for Smarter Recruiting
Throwing anyone with a pulse onto a jobsite can lead to catastrophe. Veit VP of human resources Kelly Hansen shares her top tips for recruiting.
September 6, 2022
Branch Civil Launches Apprentice Program to Train its Own Diesel Techs
The 4-year apprenticeship is showing promise after its first year, the construction company says.
June 8, 2022
Turner Mining Group Finds Such Success with Hiring, It Starts a Staffing Agency
Too many applicants and not enough open positions. It sounds unfamiliar but that's what drove this contractor to start a staffing agency.
June 7, 2022
“The Sargent Academy” – A Contractor’s New Way to Attract Employees
The company uses a university dorm and for six weeks immerses new hires in the construction business. Watch the latest episode of The Dirt.
May 6, 2022
Would You Hire a Former Prisoner at Your Construction Business?
This pool of frequently overlooked workers could help fill your talent pipeline – and research shows they have better retention rates.
May 5, 2022
How Did This Contractor Grow from Zero to Hundreds of Employees in 5 Years?
Turner Mining Group burst onto the scene in 2017, quickly hiring hundreds of workers nationwide. Here are recruiting and retention lessons from their rapid growth.
April 11, 2022
West Side Tractor’s Diane Benck Testifies Before House Subcommittee on Labor Shortage
There’s no one-size-fits-all approach, but ongoing stigma from parents and educators, as well as a lack of incentives to pursue technical education, has to change, Benck told the subcommittee.
April 7, 2022
No More Last-Minute Hiring: 3 Ways to Stay Ahead of Construction Labor Demands
When it comes to hiring and recruitment, time is a contractor’s best friend.
February 18, 2022
Dozer Day is building the next generation of equipment operators and construction professionals
What kid doesn’t love big construction machines? While the industry struggles to find manpower, Dozer Day is exposing kids ages 2 to 12 to the world of heavy equipment in the hopes that they’ll carry that enthusiasm into their teenage years, their educational choices and eventually their adult careers. That’s the theory anyway, behind Dozer […]
September 24, 2019
AGC: 80% of contractors report hiring difficulties, though confidence in industry is high
As construction firms continue to report difficulty in finding workers, Associated General Contractors is calling on federal officials to help the industry, including investing more in career and technical education. AGC seeks a doubling in federal funding for such programs over the next five years. It also wants Congress and President Trump to reach an […]
August 29, 2019
Denver program connects workers with construction industry careers
A program in Denver helps employers in the construction industry find workers and is exceeding all expectations. Get more information here on Equipment World.
January 23, 2019
S.D. tech school hosts high schoolers at Construction Awareness Day Camp
Western Dakota Tech held its annual Construction Awareness Day Camp for over 100 high school students. Get more details on the event here on Equipment World.
October 24, 2018
Groups working to recruit more women to transportation workforce
ARTBA and the WTS have formed an alliance to support and advance women in the transportation infrastructure sector. Get more heavy equipment industry news here.
October 23, 2018
Workforce development, transportation funding, policy reform priorities for new AASHTO president
The AASHTO elected executive director of the Utah DOT Carlos Braceras as the new president and Missouri DOT Director Patrick McKenna as vice president.
September 26, 2018
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Firing Up "The Boss" – 1918 Russell Steam Tractor Wows the Crowds (Video)
"The Boss" has been restored and demonstrates its abilities at historical equipment shows. Watch how it's started and what it can do.
Slow Beats Fast – Charging the Ford F-150 Lightning (Review)
Best-Selling Construction Equipment in 2022 by State
Contractor Charged with Manslaughter after Fatal Trench Collapse
Video: Watch "Atlas" the Humanoid Fetch Tools for Worker on Scaffold
Equipment World Contractor of the Year
The Contractor of the Year contest recognizes contractors who have annual revenues of between $3 million and $15 million and exemplify the highest standards of construction professionals.
2023 Fleet Technology Trends Report
The 2023 Fleet Technology Trends Report reveals key data showing how GPS solutions are helping fleets overcome challenges, promote safety and streamline operations. Download the report to learn more.