From building full-scale warehouses to expansive manufacturing facilities, construction recruiters are frequently looking for candidates with unique skill sets to complete major expansions and renovations for companies around the nation. Industrial and manufacturing construction projects differ from many other building designs because they have distinct specifications and require a unique course of action. They are often large, multi-phase projects that require a significant team of managers, engineers, and architects.


Industrial construction is often completed from a design-build approach. Design-build is a unique delivery method in construction where the owner, architect, and general contractor work together from conception of the projects, through design and completion. It offers the benefit of convenience and allows the general contractor to value engineer the project. The general contractor will have a better understanding of the project, thus reducing change orders and a high level of customization. Many industrial construction projects are done in this way. A major advantage that this type of company has over others is that it allows the project to run more efficiently because of the partnership between the owner, architect, and general contractor throughout the whole process.

Unique Parameters

Most larger industrial construction projects have an abundance of federal regulations and guidelines that need to be met, so the government will monitor them. Although industrial construction might share some similarities with other commercial construction with regard to how the work is divided up, and how contractors are chosen to work on projects, it’s in a league of its own because contractors and engineers must possess more specific experience than those working in some other areas of construction.

Types of Projects:

  • Manufacturing and warehousing facilities
  • Loading docks
  • Distribution centers
  • Industrial parks
  • Cool storage
  • Processing and fulfillment centers


Candidates who are interested in pursuing these construction careers should have some of the following qualifications:

  • Completing special interior and exterior infrastructural needs, like road or rail connections, shipping bays, power supplies, and fire protection.
  • Efficient design of work spaces for workers and production systems.
  • Balancing building material selection to match the unique work occurring inside while staying sustainable.
  • Expanding and renovating loading docks, distribution centers, industrial parks, cool storage, and processing, and fulfillment centers. Experience with tilt-wall construction techniques.

Notable Projects

Contractors are preparing to begin construction on a $150 million Amazon fulfillment center in Gaines Charter Township, Michigan near Grand Rapids. The 850,000-square-foot warehouse portion of the project will have 8,100 tons of structural steel and 2,900 tons of joists. There will be 70 ironworkers manning the project at any given time.

Foundation work begins this fall for a $10 billion LCD factory for Foxconn at the Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin. Completion slated for late 2018 or early 2019. President Donald Trump scheduled an appearance at the official groundbreaking ceremony on June 28.

Construction started in Wind Gap, Pennsylvania on a $5 million project to develop a 55-acre site for industrial firms and manufacturers to establish business or relocate. It’s planned to house a total of approximately 200,000 square feet of building space. The location was formerly a slate quarry and a dump location for spent tires. Now it will be a, 10-lot industrial park employing nearly 300 workers.


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