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High school students around the Pikes Peak region will have the chance to see what it's like to be a construction worker on Thursday.

Six hundred students will have the chance to learn about masonry, carpentry, electrical work and even getting their hands on backhoes and snow plows.

Students who signed up through their schools will get the chance to spend the day at the Norris Penrose Event Center.

Construction companies are trying to get younger people into the industry. The average age of construction workers is between 40 and 50 years old.

"We need more people involved in doing different trades because the average average age of a construction worker is going up and up and up," said Jerry Schmitz, who helped organize the Southern Colorado Construction Career Day.

Right now the U.S. averages more than 200,000 construction jobs open every year across the country.

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