Best Compete in Hands-on Skilled Trades Contest

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Annual Event Highlights Opportunities for Highly Mobile, Rewarding Careers in Construction as Nation Seeks to Shore Up Workforce Shortage 

Nearly 200 of the nation’s best electricians, welders, plumbers, carpenters and other construction craft professionals will gather in Long Beach, California, on March 27 for Associated Builders and Contractors’ 32nd annual National Craft Championships, an intense, daylong, hands-on skills competition.

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The NCC highlights the opportunity and the well-paid career ladder that construction can provide to Americans—whether it’s a graduating high schooler seeking an alternative to college, a veteran exploring their next chapter after completing their military service or an individual rejoining the workforce or seeking a career change.

The NCC features a field of craft professionals competing for top honors in 14 competitions representing 12 crafts, including a team competition with four journey-level craft professionals per team working to complete a joint project. Competitors first take an intense, two-hour written exam and then compete in a daylong practical performance test.

See video highlights from NCC competitions.

ABC offers more than 800 training programs across 69 chapters to help train the next generation of construction workers. Its flexible, affordable craft and safety training leads to industry-recognized, national credentials for today’s leading construction positions. ABC notes that construction can provide a promising career path from apprenticeship to journeyman to business owner.

The competition takes place during ABC Convention 2019 at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center on Wednesday, March 27