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Old 08-15-2010, 11:37 AM
 
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I am a civil engineer with 4 years experience in public works projects. I got laid off last November and since then I have been searching for a job but have had ZERO luck so far!

I am also finishing my master's degree in construction management and i was wondering if anyone can give me some guidance as where to look for a construction or construction management jobs. I have contacted many construction companies but no one is hiring and they are all in hiring freeze right now.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.
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Old 08-15-2010, 12:56 PM
 
Location: South Bay
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the major players out here are tutor-saliba and kiewit. i'm sure there are a couple others as well.
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Old 08-15-2010, 01:15 PM
 
Location: NW. MO.
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Are you limited to buildings or could you branch out to roads or bridges and other items of that nature? You might have to get creative and hunt around the country to see if there has been any money let loose for projects. Maybe state jobs or something? I'm not familiar with the area you are asking here but you might check other states if you are open to that. I don't know if Nevada is still as slow as it was but you might check around there. My uncle owns a biz in Idaho and I know he's been a lot slower.
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Old 08-15-2010, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Mt Washington: NELA
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Obviously, I would stick with the public stuff i.e. highways, schools. There is little or no money for anything privately funded (I honestly don't know what we'd do without the stimulus money- it ain't much but guys are working now). I know Kiewit-Pacific has just started on the 101/10 project. I believe they are working on the Sunset bridge in Westwood right now. I know Guy Yocum has a job at Westlake and 7th (near the subway station at MacArthur Park). These are all Union jobs, as is the Grand Avenue 'Civic Park' by the courthouses downtown (Pankow is there).

There is a big highway project at the 605 and the 10 (Flatiron), but I don't think they are hiring alot of people right now. They certainly will be later.
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Old 08-15-2010, 03:49 PM
 
Location: GLAMA
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I'm about 3/4 of a mile away from Tutor-Saliba's huge yard, and if the amount of heavy equipment in that yard is an indicator of how much work they have, it ain't looking good for them right now.
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Old 08-15-2010, 09:27 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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When you hear unemployment is at 12%, it is really 85% in construction.
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Old 08-16-2010, 01:25 AM
 
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Hi all and thanks a lot for your comments. There are very few Civil engineering jobs out there, however, one of the requirements they have is that the candidate needs to have 10+ years experience. This requirement is a big obstacle to apply for any jobs with that requirement.

As far as other states, I really need to find a job here due to my specific circumstances, however, if it is going to be like this for a few months down the road, i might need to open up my choices to other states.

to answer nickdahammer regarding public works projects, to the best of my knowledge there are not many public works projects are being offered by the cities or the state due to budget problems as we all know. I have looked in Guy Yocum and Kiewit website, there are no job openings at least in my major.

Believe it or not, currently i am working as a car salesman in a car dealership. I can not believe what has happened to the Golden State? It is no more the land of opportunities; but it is the land of difficulties.

a question in tangent to the subject, what any one think of the future in California? When do you think things are going to get better?
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Old 08-16-2010, 01:30 AM
 
Location: southern california
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sorry, illegals will work for pennies on the dollar compared to american workers. any home depot will provide unlimited supply of mexican workers esp in LA, this includes construction job managers aka lead workers.

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Old 08-16-2010, 01:45 AM
 
Location: GLAMA
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Not too many illegal civil engineers hanging around the HD looking for engineering work...
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Old 08-18-2010, 12:50 AM
 
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Pars, totally feel for you! My dad was a builder and I've been thinking about going back to GA Tech for the masters in building, but looks like we may be in for a long slow climb back. Labor markets have to recover first before we see any recovery in building and development. This will be the longest lagging market and I really hate to see it. Sorry - you have MANY cross over skills. Everything you learned was all about project management. You could always jump over into IT project management or the like just to get by. Pay in IT is very high comparably, but don't get stuck there.
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