Kids and Construction: Starting 'em Young

September 28, 2010

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) spreads the construction-equipment word to kids both young and old. The association has not only introduced a construction-equipment coloring book for kids, but also is part of a website project at designed for teenagers interested in pursuing a construction career.

The coloring book is designed to give young kids a first fun look at equipment. It illustrates high-tech aspects of the industry and demonstrates practical machine applications. The book depicts equipment used in futuristic scenes as well as traditional jobsites including building parks and schools to show children how it directly impacts their daily lives. It also has puzzles and word games.

To order the coloring book, visit where you'll find information and order forms.

For teenage children who have outgrown coloring and are starting to think about their careers, visit, the construction-careers website designed to showcase the construction industry's career choices to students, teachers, counselors and parents. The website project was developed by the Associated Equipment Distributors Foundation, Associated General Contractors of America and AEM. The site has been live for more than a year, and it offered its first $1,500 scholarship for post-secondary education to 18-year-old Daniel Lemke of Batavia, Ill.

The site outlines career options available in construction contracting, distribution, and equipment manufacturing, with information that includes job descriptions, career-path sequences, educational requirements and salary ranges. A special feature is a database of more than 1,000 post-secondary schools offering programs in construction trades and equipment technology, organized by state, and with web links to the schools.

Several new features have been added to the website as well as additional content. Some additions include a bulletin board for students' questions, a construction event calendar, a database of post-secondary vocational scholarships, and links to video footage and still photos of construction sites.