AEC Jobs Are Changing, But is the Training Too?

From automation to productivity advances to technological incorporations, industries and the jobs that propel them are continuously changing. What worked 10 years ago probably would not make a dent in today’s workload. Employees are constantly having to undergo new mandatory training, as well as personal training, to maintain a relevant role in their field.

One industry sector, architecture, engineering and construction (AEC), is seeing major changes in the way it operates and trains new recruits.

In an interview with Startland News, business development executive Andre Davis stated, “the challenges in our industry is that construction methods are so archaic.”

Davis is not alone in his thoughts on the topic. The AEC industry has a long-standing reputation for involving strenuous hands-on work. However, in recent years training for AEC has shifted to that of technology training. From the use of drones to VR and AR technology, AEC recruits are setting down their tool belts and firing up their computers.

A major advancement in the industry has been work with generative design, VR, and AR technology. The need to sketch out designs or look at paper blueprints is declining as the industry shifts coding designs into intricate 2D and 3D visuals.

Recruits are learning to build their design in the web space to show a realistic visual representation of what they hope to achieve for clients. Computer design outlets such as Hypar and TestFit are already on the scene while BILT is working to add a generative design feature to their site before the end of the year.

In addition to using drones to maintain a safe watchful eye on projects, the effort to reduce potential injuries and lessen physical demands has led AEC to spend a significant amount of time training recruits and current industry workers on operating robotic exosuits.

Exosuits, sometimes referred to as exoskeletons, are full body metal frameworks with robotic muscles to increase workers’ strength. Like something from a cartoon, workers can climb inside of robotic machines and have full operation over the machine. They can also use their exosuits to operate a machine that is nowhere near them. Whether they choose to work from a safe distance or operate their exosuit up close and personal, workers have a smaller chance of overstraining muscles, fatigue, or having severe work-related accidents.

In addition to increasing safety, production from exosuits is exponentially faster than the average human since they can carry hundreds of pounds at a time and often move much faster than the average humans.

Whether a person has talents in computer coding, design, building, robotics, or any number of things, it’s likely they have a place in the AEC industry. AEC has adapted and found unique ways to harness technology in a way that doesn’t exclude workers but rather makes them better. No matter how one may feel about technology entering our workforces one thing is for sure, what was once believed to be a tough hands-on job for a select few is now a largely inclusive industry available to just about any forward thinker––thanks to new technology.

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