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, 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.

Degree Plans

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.

The Building Trades self-paced programs are available at central campus only. The Craftsman Trades AAS degree program is available at central campus and various continental and international sites. For more information, see Program Options.