Colorado Public Works Journal, Spring 2024

8┃ Colorado Public Works Journal Works News U P D A T E S As reflected across several industries in Colorado, the construction industry continues to struggle with workforce development. According to AGC of America’s 2024 Construction Outlook for Colorado, 83% of construction firms in Colorado reported that they are having difficulties filling positions for salaried and hourly craft positions, with one of the top concerns for 2024 being “Inadequate construction career education and training.” The Colorado Contractors Association (CCA) is committed to supporting its members to overcome these workforce challenges with their Heavy Equipment Operator Apprenticeship Training that started in 1989. Since then, this program has trained 166 apprentices and has received overwhelming support from CCA members who donate both their expertise and heavy equipment to the program. With a dedicated training facility located at 9280 E 104th Ave, apprentices receive hands-on training on a variety of machinery including excavators, forklifts, loaders, dozers and backhoes donated by the following companies: 4Rivers Equipment, United Rentals and Wagner Equipment. “Wagner Equipment has been a long-time supporter of CCA’s heavy equipment operator training, donating Caterpillar excavators, backhoes, compaction equipment and dozers for the benefit of the program. Throughout Colorado, altitude and terrain pose unique challenges, so investing in comprehensive heavy equipment operator training becomes the cornerstone of sustainable construction and ensuring a skilled workforce,” commented Taylor Wagner, Sales Development Manager at Wagner Equipment. Overcoming Workforce Challenges with Heavy Equipment Operator Training Kenyon Manley, CSP, CHST, Safety Manager at Lawrence Construction has first-hand knowledge of the benefits of this training. “In 2007, I, myself, went through this apprenticeship program and obtained my Certificate of Completion from the Department of Labor through CCA. Now as a Safety Manager and former operator, I am personally and deeply committed to the success and excellence of this initiative.” As Colorado’s need for essential infrastructure continues to grow, the demand for a highly trained workforce becomes even more critical to heavy civil construction companies. CCA is proud to facilitate this heavy equipment operator training that ultimately contributes to increased productivity, reduced downtime, and overall project success for CCA members. Exciting News! Colorado Barricade Expands to Aurora! Colorado Barricade is thrilled to announce the recent opening of a new location in Aurora, marking its expansion into the eastern part of the metro area. This facility will serve Colorado Barricade’s valued customers by offering top-notch traffic control services and temporary fence rentals. Colorado Barricade’s expansion into Aurora signifies its commitment to providing faster, more accessible services for those in Aurora, DIA and towns east of Denver. As Colorado Barricade continues on its growth trajectory in the coming years, the company plans to expand further south to Colorado Springs, north and west. Colorado Barricade is excited about this new chapter and looks forward to better serving its clients across Colorado with the same dedication and quality that defines Colorado Barricade. Stay tuned for future updates on our expansion journey!