Program at a Glance
Building Trades is designed to emphasize the basic skills of carpentry, electricity, masonry, plumbing and low-pressure boiler systems. Students will receive hands-on training through involvement in building projects, and various realistic experiences in the upkeep and maintenance of building interiors and exteriors. 

Incoming freshmen students interested in this program will participate in the Exploratory Construction Cluster. Students will have the benefit of experiencing each of the following programs for one marking period to determine their primary program of study: Carpentry, Building Trades, Electricity and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC).

What You Will Learn
Instruction focuses on the proper use of both hand and power tools, some of which include the drill press, table saws, surface planers, lathe, power saws, routers and hand tools. Training includes machine safety, measurement, sketching, drawing, basic blueprint understanding and woodworking.

Career Pathways
Students are prepared for entry-level employment in carpentry, masonry, electricity, plumbing and building maintenance management or post-secondary education.

Sample Careers

  • Mechanic/Maintenance Worker
  • Construction Laborer
  • Carpenter Assembler and Repairer
  • Construction Carpenter
  • Building Maintenance Manager
  • Facility and Building Attendant/Caretaker
  • Buildings and Grounds Manager