Building Trades

The Building Trades program is designed for students who want to work in the construction field. Students receive training in rough framing, roofing, finish work, painting, plumbing, and the operation of a skid steer loader. Students will be involved in the actual construction of a residential house.  The Building Trades program builds an entire house every two years.  

Students receive three high school credits per year. They also receive three hours of dual credit through State Fair Community College. Students also receive life-long OSHA 10 certification.


The job outlook for someone in the construction field is excellent.  The rate of job growth in this field is 12% with 790,400 new jobs expected in the next five years.  The average salary for a general construction worker is $35,750.  This class is also a great place to start for someone who wants to specialize in an area such as plumbing.  The job outlook in those areas are even higher with plumbers averaging $47,000 a year.


The Building Trades program is accredited by the Association of General Contractors (AGC), a formal apprenticeship program. The program combines the on-the-job training with related classroom instruction. Apprenticeship programs usually last 3-4 years. Students will earn one half of a union journey-man’s salary while in the apprenticeship program.


Students can currently receive six hours of free dual credit from State Fair Community College. Articulated credit is also available from SFCC and Ozark Technical College. 


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