Explore current opportunities available in the construction industry in this annual publication.

  • West Coast Group Benefits says 'Thank you'

    West Coast Group Benefits thanks the more than 600 contractors who have chosen us for their employee benefit needs. Working with contractors in the public works arena has always been our main focus. The current state-run prevailing wage system is full of pitfalls and road blocks, which at times can be tough to navigate.

  • ABC graduation ceremony honors 25th graduating class in San Diego

    This year marks 25 years ABC San Diego has been graduating apprentices and craft trainees. What began as a dream for a handful of contractors has grown into one of the finest merit-shop construction trades training programs in the country -- and Mayor Jerry Sanders agrees, proclaiming Friday, June 22, 2007, "ABC Apprenticeship Program Day."

  • The ABC story

    Founded in Baltimore, Md., in 1950 to represent the interests and concerns of merit shop contractors, ABC is a national organization with nearly 24,000 members in 80 chapters throughout the United States. Firms that operate under the "merit shop" principle strive to ensure that performance is based on ability - if you merit the work you should get it, and ABC works hard to see that you do.

  • ABC San Diego earns top honors at the 2007 ABC National Convention

    A number of medals and awards were bestowed upon the San Diego Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors during the 2007 ABC National Convention, held earlier this year in Nashville, Tenn. ABC's National Convention is a prestigious annual event saluting the heart and soul of the construction industry -- America's construction professional.

  • Commencement: Another new beginning

    On June 1, a number of ABC apprentices and craft trainees participated in San Diego City College's graduation ceremony.

  • Great instructors hold the key to quality training programs

    Completion of any apprenticeship and craft training program requires skill and proficiency in the hands-on training as well as mastery of the theory and technical training required. All are necessary to produce a skilled craftsperson.

  • ABC San Diego launches vital HVAC Service Tech craft training program

    Earlier this year a group of HVAC contractors were invited to a meeting at ABC to discuss the need for a training program focused on the HVAC service industry. ABC posed the question: Was such a training program needed by contractors in the community? The answer was a resounding yes.

  • ABC Training Academy trains plumbers, pipefitters to be master crafts workers

    The ABC apprenticeship and craft training programs provide an opportunity for men and women to learn the valuable skills contractors require in today's construction industry. It makes me proud to be part of an organization that is educating crafts workers of the highest caliber and training the industry's future construction leaders.

  • Electronic Systems apprenticeship training advancing low voltage electrical industry

    As we complete another exciting and successful year of our Electronic Systems Technician Apprenticeship Program, it is great to look back and see how much we've accomplished. We're proud to have just had our first graduating class of technicians.

  • ABC electrical apprenticeship and craft training program helps build communities, better lives

    Having spent 18 years in construction as an electrician, I have experienced the occasional disappointment of working with individuals who claimed to be knowledgeable, skilled crafts workers only to discover it was just in their imagination.

  • In construction, learning never stops

    Construction is a continuously changing technology. Materials and design elements change - whereas once everything was framed in 2x4's, now most commercial projects are steel framed or tilt-up concrete. New safety regulations require ongoing changes in the manufacture and use of safety and rescue gear. Building codes change, causing construction process to change, like new bridge designs and arc-prevention outlets.

  • Industry challenge for contractors, training organizations: Meeting demand for skilled workers

    There are few in the industry who doubt the value of well-trained construction workers. As a result, the demand for quality training continues to press. ABC has responded accordingly.

  • North County Trade Tech High School officially opens doors in September 2008

    After months of searching, the developers of North County Trade Tech High School have identified several sites for the permanent placement of the construction trades based four year high school. Trade Tech is officially scheduled for a Fall 2008 grand opening.

  • ABC can help electricians to achieve state certification

    Electricians who work for C-10 licensed electrical contractors in California need to follow the state's electrician certification laws in order to work legally in the state. With a few exceptions, all working electricians need to have a certain level of work experience and pass a computerized test offered in English or Spanish. The exceptions to this regulation are noted below.

  • Apprenticeship: Opportunity of Many Lifetimes

    Strong apprenticeship programs are growing in the United States and this traditional path toward craftsmanship is also regaining the honor it once held. In colonial times, apprenticeship not only provided the opportunity to become a skilled craftsman, it often made workers important members of society.

  • Changes in industry regulations: part of the ongoing training at ABC's San Diego Training Academy

    Air conditioning by definition incorporates heating, cooling, filtration and ventilation of the spaces both in residential and commercial structures.

  • ABC training programs address critical industry needs

    Today's construction industry is facing an alarming shortage of workers in craft, technical and management positions. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the construction industry will need 1 million new workers in the next five years, and 2.4 million by 2014. This places construction among the economy's top 10 sources of employment growth.

  • Award-winning catering and event planning

    The Scottish Rite Event Center has facility space to accommodate 10 to more than 3,000 people in a variety of rooms. We are well equipped with everything you need to make your event memorable and successful. Filled with beauty and ambiance, the San Diego Scottish Rite Event Center is located in the heart of Mission Valley. The facility is centrally located and close to numerous hotels, shopping, delightful restaurants and nightlife.

  • Providing employee benefit services, construction trade association trust fund plans

    Polycomp Administrative Services has been designing, implementing and administering all types of qualified employee benefit and construction trade association trust fund plans since 1974. The company has offices in San Diego, Woodland Hills and Roseville, Calif.

  • Bergelectric focuses on training programs

    Businesses face numerous fundamental challenges: How to respond to the changing work environment, how to respond to the changing work force and how to improve retention of good employees.

Training to Build

Archived Reports

Training to Build - Summer 2013

Explore opportunities in the construction field with this special publication sponsored by the Associated Builders and Contractors of San Diego.

Training to Build - Fall 2012

Explore opportunities in the construction field with this special publication sponsored by the Associated Builders and Contractors of San Diego.

Training to Build - 2011

This special publication celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Associated Builders and Contractors of San Diego.

Training to Build - 2010

Explore opportunities in the construction field with this special publication sponsored by ABC of San Diego.

Training to Build - 2009

Explore opportunities in the construction field in this special report sponsored by the Associated Builders and Contractors of San Diego.

Training to Build - 2008

Explore current programs and opportunities designed to develop a skilled work force in the construction industry.

Training to Build - 2006

Explore what opportunities are available in the construction field in this annual special report, sponsored by the Associated Builders and Contractors.