Construction Trades

  • Program Highlights:

    Two-Year NYSED Approved CTE Program

    Students learn the fundamentals of residential construction from footings to roof installation. First year students will focus on the principles and concepts of wall, floor and roof framing along with windows, doors, siding and roofing. Second year students will learn masonry including brick, block and foundation building. After a small foundation is constructed, students will frame a floor and complete the rough plumbing for a residential bathroom. Second year students will have the opportunity to participate in a paid cooperative, up to eight weeks, with a reputable construction company.

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)

    • Brick Masonry
    • Block Masonry
    • Complex project with various patterns of brick and block combined
    • Concrete/Block ICF Foundations
    • Stairs
    • Wall framing
    • Residential Plumbing
    • Plans and Elevations
    • Estimating Cost and Materials
    • Resume Building with Job Interviews
    • Portfolio
    • Work Experiences


Industry Based Exam/Certifications

    • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10-hour certification
    • Precision Exams



  • 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 ($13) and sturdy work boots ($20 or more).