Learn about industry career opportunities
A shortage of skilled labor exists across the country and North Carolina’s booming construction market is not immune to it. Workers are needed to help our industry companies design, build, repair and maintain high performance homes and buildings.
National Job Shortage for Skilled Workers
There’s a well-known and long-lasting national shortage of skilled workers that makes “joining the trades” or putting a college education to use in an industry like building performance more valuable than ever. Don’t believe us? Click here to learn what TV host Mike Rowe thinks about the problem facing America’s economy. Learn more about the national job shortage and what’s being done to address it from these resources:
- Center for Energy Workforce Development
- National Association of Home Builders
- Forbes: Why we desperately need to bring back vocational training in schools (March, 2018)
- WSJ: Why an Honors Student Wants to Skip College and Go to Trade School (March 2018)
- WUNC: There’s a Construction Boom in North Carolina. But There Aren’t Enough Skilled Workers (March 2018)
Watch this short video on “exploring the trades” that highlights job opportunities that don’t require a four-year degree program.
Addressing the Skilled Worker Shortage in North Carolina
What’s happening in North Carolina to address this issue in our state?
- Click here to learn about a $1M grant program in Raleigh that’s training low-income youth for construction jobs.
- Click here to learn about Duke Energy’s $2.7M grant program for workforce development.
- Click here to learn about Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas’ community college grant program.
- Click here for a news article on a workforce development center created in 2017.
- Click here to learn about the NCWorks Commission that is tasked with ensuring that North Carolina has an innovative and effective workforce system.
- Click here for a short sample of our presentation to students on career opportunities in our industry.
How NCBPA is Helping
NCBPA works with member companies, educational institutions, local municipalities, nonprofits and other trade organizations to create and promote workforce development opportunities across the state. We’re constantly on the lookout for new ways to bring more workers to our industry companies.
- Click here to read about some of our efforts in 2018.
- Click here for a webinar recording of our “Careers in Building Performance” presentation delivered in March of 2018.
- Click here to view video interviews with our members describing their career paths and advice for new professionals entering our workforce.
As listed in our Strategic Plan, NCBPA is committed to offering industry professionals career planning, placement, development and continuing education opportunities and resources. This work includes:
Establishing strong industry-supported credentialing, certification and licensing standards.
Marketing career opportunities to high school, community college and university students.
Improving the perception of career opportunities in our industry’s skilled trade positions.
Offering and promoting internship, co-op and apprenticeship programs across the state.
Offering continuing education, networking and other workshops and events.
NCBPA is so committed to supporting students entering our workforce that the association offers a free membership to interested students! Simply fill out the form on our website to begin receiving weekly industry newsletters, access to educational webinars, discounts to industry events and much more!
Additionally, here are some NCBPA resources to help improve or kickoff your career in our industry:
- Click here to view available positions on our Job Board.
- Click here to post your resume on our Job Seekers page.
- Click here for information on industry internships.
- Click here for information on our member Trade Councils, which provide industry volunteers with opportunities to serve on committees that help our industry grow while providing excellent learning and networking opportunities in return.
- Click here to view upcoming NCBPA and industry events listed on our Calendar.
- Learn about our industry by volunteering on our Board of Directors.
Types of Industry Jobs
What other jobs are available? Lots! Here’s a listing of just some of the many jobs in North Carolina’s building performance industry:
- Advertising and marketing
- Architect or Designer
- Builder or Developer
- Building commissioning
- Building performance contracting
- Building performance diagnostics and consulting
- Crawlspace Specialist
- Duct Sealing and Repair Specialist
- Energy Auditor:
- Click here to visit the website for the Building Performance Institute, the national certification organization for building performance.
- Energy Engineer
- Energy Manager
- Energy Modeling Technician
- Home Energy Rater:
- Click here for an infographic on HERS rating industry careers for young professionals.
- HVAC design, installation and maintenance
- Click here for an interesting article from an industry pro who found a career in HVAC.
- Insulation Installer
- Lighting Systems Efficiency Specialist
- Mechanical Systems/ Appliance Efficiency Specialist
- Office and operations management
- Project management
- Utility program administrator
- Weatherization Specialist
College and University Programs
Several North Carolina colleges, community colleges and universities have programs specializing in various areas of building performance including sustainability technologies, architecture and more. Visit these programs below for more information, and check your local institutions to see what they have to offer!
Certification and Credentialing Programs
Need some help determining which certification and credentialing program is the best fit for you? Here’s some helpful information to get you started:
- Visit HomeEnergyNC.org to view a listing of popular credential programs.
- Commercial and industrial programs – coming soon.
- Interested in becoming a Home Energy Rater? Click here to visit the website for RESNET, the national certification organization for Home Energy Raters.
- Interested in becoming an Energy Auditor or Home Performance Contractor? Click here to visit the website for the Building Performance Institute, the national certification organization for building performance.
- Click here to learn more about residential certification and credentialing programs from Home Performance Coalition and Building Performance Institute.
We’re just one of many organizations seeking to bring information on career paths to our industry. Check back for more information throughout the year!
- Click here for information on building up your “green” credentials.
- Visit Everblue Training’s website for upcoming BPI, HERS, LEED and other training workshops.
- Click here to view industry and association events on our Calendar.
- Visit HomeEnergyNC.org for more information on industry careers.
- Click here for a helpful article on modern HVAC training topics.
- Visit the mikeroweWORKSFoundation for information on national scholarship programs