These programs are for the student who wishes to enter a building trades (construction or maintenance) career field. They provide entry-level, industry-validated, hands-on training that prepares the student to enter and be successful in the job market.

Studies in the Craftsman Trades AAS degree program include basic shop skills, electrical wiring, plumbing, painting and refinishing (interior and exterior), welding, estimating, blueprint reading, air conditioning/heating and carpentry to include roofing, flooring, walls, doors and windows, and cabinets.

The AAS degree program includes additional academic courses. The Building Trades program includes studies in basic shop skills, all aspects of carpentry, masonry and concrete, electrical wiring, plumbing, painting and refinishing, estimating and cabinetry. Specialization (carpentry, plumbing, electrical wiring, masonry, cabinetry, etc.) or update training is available in either program. Interactive computer-aided training is used to enhance some courses.

NOTE: Level I certificates are designed for the student who wishes to specialize in a "selected" area of the building trades industry.

You must see a Skills Center Counselor before enrollment.

Programs of Study

Degrees & Certificates Delivery Mode
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Craftsman Trades (AAS)
60 credit hours, two years full-time
 Central Campus Day
Building Trades (CC)
Self-Paced Level II
48 credit hours, three semesters full time
 Central Campus Day
Carpentry Trades (CC)
Self-Paced Level I
19 credit hours
 Central Campus Day
Construction Trades (CC)
Self-Paced Level I
16 credit hours
 Central Campus Day

 Other U.S. Locations 
Residential Construction (CC)
31 credit hours
 Brady Campus Only
Course Descriptions

The instructional staff has an average of 34 years of field and teaching experience. Their technical expertise is kept current by attending update seminars, trade shows and manufacturer training.