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Construction Trades

Overview

The Construction Trades Career Academy is a competency based training program designed to assure graduating students have demonstrated knowledge and skills essential to perform basic skills in the construction workplace. The Academy will prepare students for jobs which require constructional skills including: woodworking, basic rough framing, roofing, basic drywall installation, and working from a set of blueprints. The Construction Trades Academy training will prepare graduates to enter the building trades sector in positions such as: carpenter, carpenter helper, drywall installer, roofer, mason assistant, cabinet maker assistant, landscape worker, and painter. The combination of skills gained through this training is highly transferable to construction trades jobs in many sectors of the economy.

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JOB OUTLOOK

Construction Trades Job Outlook: Construction Laborers
Construction Trades Job Outlook: Plumbers & Pipefitters
Construction Trades Job Outlook: Construction Managers

Required Courses

  • Woodworking I
  • Woodworking II
  • Advanced Woodworking
  • Construction Technology I
  • Advanced Construction Technology
  • Work Seminar
  • Real World Experience


Construction Trades Career Academy
Foundational Classes: Work Seminar and Technical Math

Recommended Courses

  • Drafting I through CAD
  • Drafting ll through CAD 
  • Introduction to Industrial Technology
  • Electricity and Electronics
  • Project Lead the Way courses

Post Secondary Programs

Upon successful completion of this program, trainees are eligible for enrollment in college, community college, or technical college programs in construction trades or related fields.

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FUN FACTS:

  • In 2015 the Median Pay for Carpenters was $42,090  ($20.24 per hour) 
  • Over the next 10 years, jobs in Construction Trades is expected to increase 10% (average job growth over all other occupations is 7%)
  • Employment of construction and extraction occupations is projected to grow 10% from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations, increasing from 6.5 million jobs to 7.2 million jobs. 
  • Overall growth in the economy and population will increase demand for new buildings, roads, and other structures, which will create new job openings for construction and extraction occupations.
  • The median annual wage for all construction and extraction occupations was $42,280 in May 2015, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $36,200.

(Information gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Job Skills

In addition to having technical skills, employers expect their workers to have other skills such as:

  • Listening skills
  • Effective communication
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Time management
  • Tools and equipment management
  • Professionalism
  • Integrity

WORK SEMINAR

Work Seminar is an on-campus business course used in conjunction with Internship and Work-Based Learning experiences. Students interested in obtaining high school credit through Interning should register for Work Seminar. This course gives students the opportunity to explore various careers and build essential foundational skills in the areas of problem-solving, decision-making, and critical thinking. Aptitude and personality analysis are explored along with work safety, resume building, interview preparation, and budgeting. Soft skills taught throughout the course include: responsibility at the workplace, taking initiative, reliability, workplace ethics, and communication skills.

Career Options

High school and 2-year college: carpenter, carpenter helper, drywall installer, roofer, mason assistant, cabinet maker assistant, landscape worker, and painter.

Business and Industry Experiences/Partners

Headwaters Regional Development Commission, Headwaters Housing Development Corporation, Hill's Plumbing & Heating, Knife River Corporation, Higgins Heating, Weibolt Electric, Zetah Construction, Kraus Anderson, Con's Masonry, Headwaters Homebuilders Association, Dick's Plumbing & Heating, Northwest Technical College, Carpenters Union Local 1934.


Students in the academy do research on their mechanical career interests, tour local construction sites, attend career fairs, and have opportunities to intern and job shadow for construction trades employment.

Hommes

Tony Hommes has been an educator since 2001 teaching Technology Education courses specialized in Project Lead the Way, Construction, Engineering, Robotics, and Manufacturing. He has spent time as the Assistant Director of 360° Center of Excellence and has coordinated robotics competitions, summer camps, and teacher workshops. He has worked for St. Cloud State University specializing in connecting area schools in Northern Minnesota with industry helping to establish high school programming that creates work-based learning opportunities for students.  Since 2001 he has worked throughout the Bemidji area in the building industry and brings his talents teaching skills and creating pathways to success for the students in the Construction Trades Academy at Bemidji High School.