Build the world!

Explore the Field of Construction

Welcome Principals and Guidance Counselors!

We are excited to present a new education initiative from O&G Industries to encourage students of all diversities to explore the construction field. Our intention for this initiative is to bring in ready to learn workers to expand the construction industry. Those who date to enter this industry build the world. The possibilities are nearly limitless!

Surprising Facts

From 2015 – 2024, there will be 1,921,200 people entering the labor market with a bachelor’s degree each year, yet 7 out of 10 jobs require less than a four-year degree.

  • One requires a master’s degree or more.
  • Two need a bachelor’s degree or more.
  • Seven require an associate degree, credential or certification.
  • Through industry-recognized credentials and certifications, craft professionals earn competitive wages with minimal to no debt.
  • The construction industry is closing the gap on equal pay. In fact, women earn 99.1% of what men make in construction – significantly higher than the U.S. average of 81.1%.
  • In addition, about 13% of construction firms are now owned by women, a 94% growth since 2007. And 44 of the top 100 construction companies have women executives.
For more than 7 years in a row, construction skilled trades are the hardest roles to fill. In addition, 54% of construction firms are having a hard time filling both salaried and hourly craft positions according to a survey released by The Associated General Contractors of America.

Plan Your Future In Construction

It is never too early to start planning. There are many ways to start exploring options in construction at any grade level.

the O&G's 100 Year Story

History

O&G has consistently ranked as one of the country’s top 400 construction companies for 50 years and we are one of the Northeast’s largest construction companies. 

O&G was founded in 1923 by Andrew Onegila and Flaviano Gervasini. They started with two trucks and a steamroller, according to a written history compiled by the company. As O&G began to build more roads, it developed a network of quarries, concrete and asphalt plants throughout Connecticut and New York. The first quarry opened in Woodbury in the 1930s and O&G now has more than a dozen. In 1960, O&G completed its first building project. Today, the company has overseen the construction of hundreds of schools, high-rise office buildings, industrial projects, health care facilities, sports complexes, environmental projects, and power plants. The third generation of Oneglias run the company now, with the fourth generation taking key leadership roles.

Unions

A labor union or trade union is an organized group of workers who unite to make decisions about conditions affecting their work. The main reason to join a union are higher pay, better benefits, and a voice on the job.

Laborers

Local 136
Local 146
Local 230
Local 455
Local 547
Local 611
Local 665
Local 1224

Carpenters

Local 32

Masons

Local 1

Teamsters

Local 191
Local 443
Local 493
Local 671
Local 677

Operating Engineers

Local 30
Local 478

Diversity In Construction

Women of Asphalt, The National Association of Women in Construction, and Build Out Alliance are examples of organizations who strive to create diversity in construction. No matter anyone’s race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, etc., there is always a place for everyone in construction.

Women of Asphalt

Women of Asphalt is a national coalition which supports women in all aspects of the asphalt industry through mentoring, education, and advocacy, and by encouraging women to seek careers in the asphalt industry.

Goals:
To foster and promote mentoring and networking opportunities for women in asphalt.

To create professional development opportunities for women in asphalt through education and training.

To advocate for women in the asphalt industry.

To encourage other women to join the asphalt industry.

The National Association of Women in Construction

The National Association of Women in Construction is committed to championing women to impact the direction of the construction industry. NAWIC provides education, community, and advocacy for women.

The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) originated as Women in Construction of Fort Worth, Texas. Sixteen women working in the construction industry founded it in 1953. Knowing that women represented only a small fraction of the construction industry, the founders organized NAWIC to create a support network for women working in a male-dominated field. Women in Construction of Fort Worth was so successful that it gained its national charter in 1955 and officially became the National Association of Women in Construction.

Today, NAWIC is still based in Fort Worth and has over 115 chapters throughout the United States that provide its members with opportunities for professional development, education, networking, leadership training, public service and more. NAWIC continues the vision of its founding members by advocating for the value and impact of women builders, professionals, and tradeswomen in all aspects of the construction industry.

Build Out Alliance

Build Out Alliance’s vision is a building design and construction industry that universally values inclusion, where LGBTQ professionals work openly with pride, and where everyone has access to equal opportunities and a diverse professional network.​

Build Out Alliance promotes and advocates for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community within the building design and construction industry. Our members build an environment where people serve openly and with pride across all roles and sectors of the industry. We lead by example in our own work environments and through partnerships with community organizations.​

Apprenticeships

Women In Construction

Women in construction work in a wide range of roles, from management to surveying, civil engineering to bricklaying. Women are respected for the work they do and have great opportunities to grow their careers.

Construction needs women because the industry is facing a skills shortage. Women bring a wide range of skills that benefit employers and enrich the construction industry.

Impressive Constructions

Job Opportunities At O&G