The Future of AI in Construction Careers

The Future of AI in Construction Careers

Instructor sees changes coming in the classroom

| By: Daley-Hinkens, Carmelyn M

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the workplace is growing at a fast pace and with it comes the need for workers to be upskilled in using the new technology.

In fact, a 2021 industry survey by the Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance (NEWMA) found that regional manufacturers ranked AI/machine learning knowledge as the number one skill required for manufacturing employees in the future.

AI is still in its infancy in the construction industry, but FVTC Construction Management Technology department chair Rich Cass sees a shift coming. He bases that, in part, on what he sees at local career fairs. When high school students stop by the FVTC table to learn more about construction-related offerings, Rich sees them gravitate toward the computer screen versus the tool belt.

“They see the tools but they move toward the technology. It’s part of their DNA because they’ve grown up with it,” Rich explains. “Someone who’s 18 years old right now has had technology in their hands their whole life. Carpentry isn’t just swinging a hammer anymore; in this modern age of construction, there is a lot more to it than that.”

What does Rich see as some of the new benefits of AI in construction? And what are some of the challenges? He shared his thoughts in an article recently published in Insight Magazine.

You can read the full article on this topic here:

Insight on Business: Building the Future / Artificial intelligence could revolutionize the construction industry