Transportation Secretary Buttigieg urges Wisconsin excessive schoolers to eye infrastructure work | WUWM 89.7 FM

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg says the nation is relying on tomorrow’s street builders, crane operators and different heavy tools customers.

He made that clear Tuesday whereas visiting a sprawling coaching website outdoors the central Wisconsin city of Coloma. The location is run by the statewide Working Engineers Union Native 139.

It is a spot the place trainees study to make use of tools to raise massive items of concrete bridges, bulldoze new roads and do pile-driving.

Buttigieg even sat on the controls of a small excavator and scooped up filth.

Sec. Buttigieg operates the controls of an excavator, beneath the steerage of an official from the Working Engineers Union.

Later, he informed lots of of highschool college students visiting the coaching middle that billions of {dollars} in federal infrastructure cash is coming to Wisconsin and different states.

Buttigieg says there will be a necessity for lots of latest employees, a lot of them younger.

“Does it sound good to enter a profession the place you can begin proper out of highschool, and make about fifty-thousand bucks, plus? And see your method towards six-figure earnings?” Buttigieg requested the younger folks.


Buttigieg speaks to lots of of highschool college students and Working Engineers on the coaching middle.

Buttigieg additionally informed reporters that the infrastructure regulation requires native hiring. For locations like Milwaukee, he says which means range.

“We’ve an opportunity to stage the taking part in area, as a result of we’re creating so many roles, that we’d like everyone’s assist, expertise and participation.”

The Transportation Secretary additionally made a direct profession pitch to 2 college students from Milwaukee Washington Excessive Faculty.

Buttigieg requested: “Fairly fascinating, huh, particularly whenever you learn how a lot it pays?”

The 2 college students, Antonio Wright and Samantha Bonner-Russ supplied well mannered responses to the secretary.

However Wright later informed WUWM he is half-yes, half-no about coming into the business, as a few of the massive tools is intimidating,

“One thing may occur. I am fairly nervous about that,” Wright stated.

Bonner-Russ stated she primarily got here for some perception into the heavy tools coaching.

However later, a 3rd Washington pupil Jesus Howard-Bruce stated he is contemplating the infrastructure business, out of the hope it might deliver monetary safety.

”They stated it has a very good retirement plan. They pay actual good. If I may get this, I might have a very good home. I may simply pay for my children, or spouse,” Howard-Bruce informed WUWM.


The Working Engineers coaching middle contains an space for work with cranes, pile drivers, and different massive tools.

Whereas Buttigieg promoted job coaching and low unemployment, his go to to Wisconsin drew the eye of the Republican Nationwide Committee. An RNC spokeswoman says “Wisconsinites will ignore Pete Buttigieg’s makes an attempt to distract voters from the damaged provide chain, skyrocketing inflation, and (Democratic President Joe) Biden’s Gasoline Hike.”

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