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Construction Trades


Program Description

The construction trades program offers students a broad array of occupation skill competencies.  Through the construction trades program, students will receive training in carpentry, masonry, plumbing, and electrical occupations.

Related Occupations

Other skilled construction occupations include brickmasons, blockmasons, cement masons, concrete finishers, plasterers and stucco masons, millwrights, electricians, pipelayers, plumbers, and pipefitters.   

Nature of Work

Each area taught with in construction trades program has a different nature of work. 

Carpenters construct, erect, install, and repair structures and fixtures made from wood and other materials.

Masons  build and repair walls, floors, partitions, fireplaces, chimneys, and other structures with brick, precast masonry panels, concrete blocks, and other masonry materials.

Plumbers install, maintain, and repair different kinds of pipe systems.

Electricians install, connect, test, and maintain electrical systems for a variety of purposes, including climate control, security, and communications.

Training and Advancement

Most carpenters, masons, plumbers, and electricians learn their trade through formal and informal training programs such as; on-the-job-training, vocational, community colleges, and/or skilled apprenticeship programs.

Carpenters may advance to supervisor or general construction supervisor positions. Others may become independent contractors. 

Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the 2004-2014 job outlook for carpentry, masonry, plumbing, and  electricians is expected to increase as fast as average.

Job opportunities are expected to be excellent, as demand for skilled craftsmen is expected to outpace the supply of workers trained in the craft.

Information printed in brochure was compiled from the Bureau of Labor Statistics,
www.bls.gov

Earnings

Individuals who are employed within a building trade field earnings vary by specialty, location, and level of responsibility.

       Carpenter         $10.36 -  $28.65
       Mason             $11.68 -  $30.43
       Plumber           $9.19   -  $25.07
       Electrician        $12.18 -  $33.63

*Hourly Wage 

Scope & Sequence

The following courses are required to complete the Building Trades program of study:

Course

ConstructionTrades I

Construction Trades II

Construction Trades III

 Credit

3

3

3

 Articulated Credit

Pennsylvania College of Technology,
Williamsport PA

Prerequisite:  None

Participating student must pass an occupational        assessment  at a proficient or advanced level,  complete 9 credits with program of study and be eligible to    graduate to receive a certificate of completion by the FCAVTS.

INSTRUCTOR

Steve Sellers