Winter Recruitment Season is Hot
Miller-Valentine Group is Recruiting Students with New Co-Op Program
January kicks off recruiting season for Miller-Valentine Group. Senior Corporate Recruiter Josh Welsh will attend nearly a dozen career fairs over the next month, hoping to fill a pipeline of future construction talent for Miller-Valentine.
“I’m looking for project managers, estimators, assistant preconstruction managers, and assistant safety managers,” he said. “College students who are interested in these careers can apply for our hands-on co-op positions to get practical experience while they’re still in school.”
Miller-Valentine’s co-op program has recently been updated to formally outline the experiences and training interns receive. Josh is continually updating the program to complement college courses and fill skills gaps in the industry. Nationwide, there’s still a shortage of qualified construction professionals affecting the career field.
“Our co-op program is designed to show different opportunities within construction,” Josh explained. “Students get exposed to a lot of projects and people, and they get to try and see different jobs.” The program is divided into three or four phases, depending on a student’s course requirements. In each phase, students work on real Miller-Valentine projects supported by mentors and Miller-Valentine professionals. “To start, students work in the field alongside superintendents and safety managers, and they get exposure to different types of construction,” Josh said. Then students complete a rotation in a Miller-Valentine office working in project management. During a third phase, they get preconstruction and estimating experience and learn how to cost, bid and plan projects.
Depending on their school’s requirements, some students also complete a fourth phase, where they choose the area of focus and practice networking and business skills. Co-op students can earn college credit for completing the program and get paid for their time.
Miller-Valentine invests in its interns and co-op students as though they were full-time associates, Josh said. The program pays for professional training and courses, ranging from OSHA requirements to software certification. Josh said many co-op students become Miller-Valentine Associates after graduation, so it’s important to start growing their skills now.
This recruitment season, Josh has multiple co-op positions to fill, plus two full-time positions (an assistant pre-construction manager and an assistant safety manager). Co-op students must be near a Miller-Valentine office in Dayton or Cincinnati, Ohio or Columbia, South Carolina to participate.
Candidates can apply for a co-op position at a career fair or online. The selection process includes a series of phone and in-person interviews.
Josh typically recruits students who are studying construction, engineering or other STEM fields. Beyond that, he says he’s looking for “people who want to see, experience and learn.
“I look for people who love construction and are passionate about it,” he said. “For people who want to be able to say ‘I helped build that.’”
Miller-Valentine Group College Recruitment Schedule
University of North Carolina, Charlotte
- Jan 30 – Civil Engineering Day
- Jan 31– STEM Career Fair
Clemson University, South Carolina
- Feb 4 – Engineering Career Fair
Georgia Southern University
- Feb 5 – Engineering Career Fair
- Feb 7 – Construction Career Fair
University of Dayton
- Feb 10 – Career Fair
Ohio State University
- Feb 11 – Construction Career Fair
University of Cincinnati
- Feb 12 – Engineering Career Fair
- Feb 21 – Construction Connect
Ball State University
- Feb 19 – Career Fair
- Feb 26 – Career Fair
For more information, contact Josh Welsh at 513.774.8400.