Careers in Construction

Free Training Available to Build a Career in Construction. No Experience Required!

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Rebuild Florida Workforce Recovery Training Program

Ongoing recovery efforts to repair and rebuild homes and businesses damaged by Hurricane Irma has created a need for trained construction workers. Participants in this free training program receive job search and job placement assistance. We can help you begin a rewarding career in construction supporting local recovery efforts!

This training is made available through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s Rebuild Florida Workforce Recovery Training Program. Launched with federal Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery funding to assist communities affected by Hurricane Irma, the Rebuild Florida Workforce Recovery Training Program trains Floridians in the construction trades necessary to support disaster recovery efforts. For more information visit

Job Outlook:

Florida is one of the nation’s leading states in terms of growth, increasing the need for new construction projects. To meet industry demands, employers are heavily recruiting skilled workers—those who have training beyond high school but may not have a degree.

Brevard County is home to more than 2,000 construction companies. Our construction training program provides a pathway for career advancement, new job opportunities, as well as the potential to earn higher wages.

Current Training Program Available:

Heavy Equipment Operator and Safety Training

United Academy

Program Benefits:

  • Receive training, no matter your level of experience, in only 3 weeks!
  • Earn nationally recognized certifications.
    • Heavy Equipment Certifications: Aerial Boom Lift 3b Operator, Scissor Lift 3a Operator, Counterbalance Forklift Operator, Rough Terrain Forklift Operator, Excavator Operator DIRT CERT, Skid Steer Operator, Front-End Loader Operator DIRT CERT
    • Safety Training Certifications: OSHA 10 Hour Construction, Hazard Communication Awareness (HazCom), Personal Protective Equipment, Basic First Aid, Emergency Evacuation Procedures, Slips, Trips, and Falls, Heat Stress, Construction New Hire Safety Orientation
    • Professional Development: Job Searching, Resume Writing, Interviewing Techniques
  • Connect directly with employers and learn about available opportunities.
  • Practice real-world operations on the simulator before operating the equipment.

Potential Careers for Equipment Operators:

  • Pipelayer
  • Site Development
  • Road & Bridge Construction
  • Grounds Maintenance Worker

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that jobs for heavy equipment operators will grow by 10 percent between 2018 and 2028.

Average Salary Range:

In Brevard County: Heavy Equipment Operators on average, earn $18.16 per hour.

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020 wage data 

Upcoming Training Dates:

  • March 6 – March 23 (apply by February 20)
  • April 3 – April 21 (apply by March 27)
  • May 1 – May 19 (apply by April 17)
  • June 5 – June 23 (apply by May 22)

Training is held in-person at United Academy, 1201 Lake Washington Road, Melbourne.

  • Monday through Thursday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Fridays, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Three Ways to Apply:

  1. Visit a CareerSource Brevard career center near you.
  2. Call (321) 394-0515 or email [email protected] for additional information.
  3. Visit this link to start the application.