Building Trades

Course Description
Building Trades is a field that involves construction of commercial and residential buildings. Persons taking this class may be interested in designing, architecture, carpentry, plumbing, or electrical. Building Trades is designed to prepare you for either entry-level employment in the construction field or to continue your education. You will learn the basic skills and terminology of the construction field in the areas of carpentry, plumbing, electrical, exterior finishing, drywall, interior and exterior trim, roofing, bidding and estimating, and blueprint reading. The course will allow you to plan, layout, and build a complete residential house in one school year. You will have the hands-on experience of building plus the personal satisfaction from seeing people move into the house you helped build. Approximately 90% of the curriculum is a hands-on approach to learning. The curriculum is designed as a two-year program for high school students or as a one-year program for adult students who enroll on a full-time basis.

Personal Skills
Personal skills include handling many changing duties, making judgments and decisions, and meeting strict standards.

Physical Skills
Physical activities include lifting, carrying, stooping, kneeling, standing for long periods, reaching, using hands and fingers, seeing clearly up close, and judging depth and distance.

Continuing Education
Apprenticeship of 2-5 years is recommended by most employers as the best way to learn carpentry.

Related Post-Secondary Programs
Carpenter, Apprenticeship & Journeyman Construction Trades, Marine Maintenance and Ship Repairer, Military

Salary Range
The average salary for entry-level carpenters in Missouri is $25,550
($12.28/hr) to an average of $54,000 ($25.96/hr) for experienced workers. The hourly average wage in Missouri is $21.40.

Suggested Related H.S. Coursework and Activities
Art, Business Information Applications/Technology, Language Arts, Algebra, Applied Math, Social Studies, Sciences, Basic Woodworking, Carpentry, Principles of Technology, Basic Drafting, Basic Electronics, Cabinet Making, Occupational Computer Science, Work-Based Training (Co-op/Internship), SkillsUSA

Related Occupations
Maintenance Carpenter, Wood Boatbuilder, Rough Carpenter, Joiner, Shipwright, House Repairer, Drywaller, Roofer, Exterior Finisher, Electrician, Masonery.

Professional Related: Architectural, Drafter

College Credit
Students maintaining A’s & B’s while completing their Building Trades classes at Pike-Lincoln Technical Center may transfer these credits for 9 semester hours at East Central Community College (Blueprint Reading – BC 1014 – 4 hours; and Carpentry – BC1045- 5 hours) or receive advanced placement in the Carpenters’ Apprenticeship Program.

Missouri Job Outlook
Employment is projected to change from 35,690 in 2006 to 38,000 by 2016 for a 6.5% increase. It is estimated that 763 average annual job openings will be created by growth and persons leaving the labor force.

The percent of our students who, 6 months after graduation, were continuing their education, employed in the workforce or in the military.

  • 2003 – 100%
  • 2004 – 100%
  • 2005 – 100%
  • 2006 – 100%
  • 2007 – 89%
  • 2008 – 91%
Building Trades Technology Curriculum 
Total Clock Hours900
Units of StudyClock Hours
Orientation and Safety15
Use and Care of Hand & Power Tools60
Blueprint Reading20
Planning and Layout70
Building Materials60
Estimating Material Costs50
Floor, Wall, & Roof Framing240
Roofing Materials & Procedures60
Construction Wiring55
Exterior Trim & Finishing Materials100
Interior Trim & Finishing Materials95
Business Operations20
Pre-Employment Preparation20

Applicants for admission and employment, employees and sources of referral of applicants for admission and employment are hereby notified the Pike-Lincoln Technical Center and Pike R-III School District have assured they do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, or handicap in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in their programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning Pike-Lincoln Technical Center and Pike R-III School District compliance with regulations implementing Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, is directed to contact the Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator, Superintendent of Schools, Pike R-III School District, (573-485-2488).