Explore Academic Programs - Construction Trades


Classes in building trades cover several different specialties and are available through associate degree or certificate programs in maintenance technology, carpentry trades, construction trades and building trades. These programs prepare students for the practical aspects of construction work and combine classroom study with hands-on instruction in using tools, handling materials and job-site safety. Students will learn about blueprints, carpentry, residential wiring and electricity, masonry, residential plumbing, cabinetmaking, interior and exterior painting and construction cost estimating.


Careers, Potential Earnings & Market Growth Rates

Construction Laborer

Median Wages: $16.07 hourly, $33,430 annually

Projected Growth Rate: Faster than average (9- 13 %)


Construction Carpenter

Median Wages: $20.96 hourly, $43.600 annually

Projected Growth Rateaverage (five - eight percent)

Electrician

Median Wages: $25.35 hourly, $52,720 annually

Projected Growth RateMuch faster than average (14% or higher)


Plumber

Median Wages: $24.74 hourly, $51,450 annually

Projected Growth Rate: Faster than average (9-13% or higher)


Brick Mason

Median Wages: $23.68 hourly, $49,250 annually

Projected Growth RateMuch faster than average (14% or higher)


Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers

Median Wages: $18.84 hourly, $39,180 annually

Projected Growth Rate: Faster than average (9-13% or higher)


Cabinet Maker

Median Wages: $15.89 hourly, $33,050 annually

Projected Growth RateLittle or no change (-1% to 1%)


Construction Manager

Median Wages: $42.93 hourly, $89,300 annually

Projected Growth Rate: Average (5-8%)


Degrees and Certificates

Delivery Mode

Associate of Applied Science

Maintenance Technology

60 credit hours, two years full-time

Certificate of Completion

Building Trades - Self-Paced Level II

48 credit hours, three semesters full time

Certificate of Completion

Carpentry Trades - Self-Paced Level I

19 credit hours

Certificate of Completion

Construction Trades - Self-Paced Level I

16 credit hours

Certificate of Completion

Residential Construction

31 credit hours