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 include handling many changing duties, making judgments and decisions, and meeting strict standards.
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.
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
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
Maintenance Carpenter, Wood Boatbuilder, Rough Carpenter, Joiner, Shipwright, House Repairer, Drywaller, Roofer, Exterior Finisher, Electrician, Masonery.
Professional Related: Architectural, Drafter
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 Hours||900|
|Units of Study||Clock Hours|
|Orientation and Safety||15|
|Use and Care of Hand & Power Tools||60|
|Planning and Layout||70|
|Estimating Material Costs||50|
|Floor, Wall, & Roof Framing||240|
|Roofing Materials & Procedures||60|
|Exterior Trim & Finishing Materials||100|
|Interior Trim & Finishing Materials||95|
STATEMENT OF NON-DISCRIMINATION
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).