Building Trades

Students who want to enrich the community and lives of individuals through building and planning, enjoy working outdoors, and are good at math and technical drawing should explore exciting training and career opportunities in construction!

The Building Trades program is a two (2) year program that prepares students to enter the workforce upon graduation and/or continue training through post-secondary education programs at the apprentice, certificate, associate’s or baccalaureate level. Training is received in Carpentry, Plumbing, Electrical and Masonry applications.

Residential construction will be the major thrust with exposure to commercial and industrial construction. The program will introduce the student to the fundamentals of the building trades, including jobs safety , measurement, practical math, materials, and basic training in electricity, plumbing, masonry, and carpentry.

As a component of the program, students will have the opportunity to earn NCCER certification (National Center for Construction Education and Research).

Occupations: Carpenter; Construction Manager; Drywall Installer; Electrician; General Contractor; Mason; Plumber, Pipefitter; Tile Installer; Building Code Inspector; Cost Estimator1

Typical Salary in Virginia: $23,000- $91,000 depending
on education level and specialization2

Employment Outlook: Employment of carpenters, plumbers, and electricians is projected to grow an average of 23 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Job prospects for carpenters should improve over the decade as construction activity rebounds from the recent recession. Stricter water efficiency standards and new building and power plant construction are projected to spur demand for plumbers. Homes and businesses require more wiring than ever before, and electricians will be needed to install the necessary components.3
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