Construction Trades

  • Program Highlights:

    Students learn the fundamentals of commercial and residential construction. First-year students learn the fundamental principles and theoretical concepts of wall, floor, and roof framing, and exterior finishes including windows, doors, siding and roofing. Second-year students focus on dry wall, kitchens and baths, trim and painting, and form-building for concrete structures. Training in home energy audits and truss and soffit construction is included with practical applications on site. Students work on other related projects including sheds and decks.

Students examine blueprints for a construction project

Units of Study

  • Basic (Year 1)

    • Introduction to Construction Trades
    • Hand and Power Tools
    • Construction Trades Safety (OSHA 10)
    • Basic Communication and Employability Skills
    • Introduction to Building Materials Wood Products
    • Trade Math and Measurement
    • Introduction to Print Reading
    • Wall Framing and Dry Wall
    • Flooring and Painting
    • Finish Carpentry
    • Shed Building
    • Roofing and Siding

    Advanced (Year 2)

    • Masonry Brick and Block
    • Introduction to Home Building Performance
    • Understanding Air Movement in a Home
    • Air Sealing and Insulation
    • Concrete/Block ICF Foundations
    • Stairs
    • Commercial Framing and Wall Framing
    • Residential Plumbing
    • Windows and Doors NCCER
    • NCCER Plans and Elevations
    • Estimating Cost and Materials
    • Resume Building with Job Interviews
    • Work Experiences


Industry Based Exam/Certifications

    • National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Core Certification, Level 1 Carpentry and Masonry
    • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10-hour certification



  • Career Connections

    • Commercial Construction
    • Estimator
    • Exterior Siding
    • Finish Carpenter
    • Foreman
    • General Contractor
    • Mason
    • Remodeler
    • Roofer
    • Rough Carpenter

    College Programs

    • Architectural Technology
    • Carpentry
    • Construction Technology
    • Residential Construction
    • Wood Technology

Items to Consider

  • Successful students:

    • Follow safety procedures and practice safe work habits at all times
    • Work inside/outside and at various heights
    • Work with hand and power tools
    • Utilize resource and reference materials for effective communication
    • Compute and utilize basic mathematical operations with whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percentages; perform linear measurements
    • Use equipment safely as they participate in class
    • Bring work clothing, as clothing may become soiled during construction projects
    • Purchase and wear a Construction Trades work shirt ($18) and sturdy work boots ($20 or more).