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Deconstruction: Career Ladder, Curriculum and Job Descriptions

| Written by Neil Seldman | 1 Comment | Updated on Dec 16, 2011 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

Deconstruction is an environmentally-friendly method of demolition, focusing on the disassembly of buildings in order to recover and re-use construction materials. Deconstruction work provides job opportunities to relatively low-skilled participants, helping them build a work history and work habits while learning basic construction-site skills. The information in this packet from the Employment and Training Administration, is based upon the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission’s experience, with supplemental information from organizations such as the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and the ReUse People, which specialize in deconstruction training.

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Neil Seldman, Ph.D, directs the Waste to Wealth initiative. He specializes in helping cities and businesses recover increasing amounts of materials from the waste stream and add value to the local economy through new processing and manufacturing facilities. He is a co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and is a member of ILSR’s Board of Directors.

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  • Nichole Folk

    I’m a high school graduate looking for a career and am interested in deconstruction. I want to find out what college courses/majors I can take to start this career. Being female may stop my ability to do this but I hope not. I do like taking things apart and such, and I believe in recycling and reusing.