Don’t just learn about it – build an actual house and lay the foundation for a rewarding career! You will gain hands-on experience with power tools, blueprint reading, cabinet making, and the construction of floors, walls, ceilings, and roofs. Construct your future in the exciting world of residential and commercial building.


Take a drive on any street and look around. Every structure you see is either old, new, or under construction. New buildings, roads, and other structures represent the building process, and America likes to build.  Let Central Tech help you build a foundation for a career in construction. 

Students learn how to build a house from the ground up!


  • Build the wood frame floor or use the concrete slab to start framing 
  • Begin framing walls and roofs and/or setting trusses 
  • Sheath the outside walls and roof for protection  
  • Finish exterior siding and trim work 
  • Apply shingles 
  • Cut and hang drywall 
  • Complete interior including hanging doors and trim 
  • Build or assemble and install cabinets  
  • Masonry
picture of Central Tech construction students building a house in Oklahoma


The house is a cooperative project with Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) in which the students design the blueprints for the house, and Electrical Trades students wire the home for electricity. In fact, some students will choose to take both construction and electrical trades to increase their skills, employability, and starting salary. Others may choose to combine construction and drafting or start their own construction company. 

Building a home, as part of the curriculum, gives students a leg-up on someone beginning their training with a construction company.  

High school students rave about the Skills competitions in framing, cabinet making, and TeamWorks (which combines carpentry, masonry, plumbing, and electrical skills).  

If you are a person who enjoys seeing the fruits of their labor, then each day on a construction site can be rewarding. Once the project is complete…you can enjoy looking at it for years to come.  

Build your future in construction trades and help frame the future of the construction industry. 

“Great place to find future construction employees.”
Mark Lee, HBA Tulsa
“Construction is a great class that generates great leaders.”
Koy Ramsey, Crossland Construction, Alumni




Construction Trades offers a level of training that qualifies both high school and adult students for entry into the building trades industry or cabinetmaking industry.

Practical experience is offered in various phases of residential construction. Skills taught include:

  • Tools & Job Safety
  • Use of Hand & Power Tools
  • Plan Reading & Elevations
  • Framing of Floors, Walls, Ceilings & Roofs
  • Roofing Applications & Thermal & Moisture Protection
  • Exterior & Interior Finishing
  • Cabinetmaking


  • Construction Core & Safety
  • Construction Principles
  • Framing
  • Exterior & Finishing
  • Workforce Staging
  • Interior Finish & Trim
  • Advanced Framing
  • Cabinet Construction
  • Advanced Finishing


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Students in Electrical, Facilities Maintenance, and Construction at our Drumright campus are preparing for @skillsusa.oklahoma. 🔨⁠

Let`s send them good luck as they start competing with our other classes next week.⁠

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Dream It. Believe It. Build It. 🔨🏠 Apply Today for Construction Trades: #centraltechConstruction ...

Students in the Construction class build a foundation for a career in residential/commercial construction. They use power tools, read blueprints, build cabinets, and frame floors, walls, ceilings, and roofs.


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Celebrating 50 Years in 50 Words - "I attended Health Careers while in high school where I also met and married my best friend, thanks to Central Tech. I then worked as a dental assistant for five years before returning as an adult student and completing the Drafting Program. I’ve been teaching Design Drafting for 20 years." - Jo Ann Baugus, 1999, Drafting Design Instructor #centraltechCAD #centraltechConstruction ...

Construct your future. #hustle #grind #centraltechConstruction ...

THE RESULTS ARE IN! Congrats to Tyler Wayland - Construction Trades for placing 3rd in cabinet making at @skillsusa nationals! #centraltechConstruction ...

Tyler Wayland, Ben Burris, and Zach Ackart put pen to paper this afternoon during @skillsusa National Signing Day sponsored by @klein_tools. Congrats Ben and Tyler on your internships with @crosslandconstruction and Zach on your position at Pawnee Millworks! Read more -> link in bio #centraltechConstruction ...

Ben wasn`t sure what to expect when he started learning construction at Central Tech, but he applied himself and took on the challenges. Now, he`s ready for his next step @crosslandconstruction #careertech #keepstriving #centraltechconstruction ...

“It’s been interesting coming to school with high school students; most of these guys are younger than my adult children,” said MonyaMarie Black, a 64-year-old construction trades student. Read how MonyaMarie plans to use her #skills to help the underserved in Jamaica -> Link in bio! #centraltechconstruction ...

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Job Demand & Pay

Construction Labourers

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Bigger markets pay more, but all employment is expected to grow 4 percent. The median annual wage for construction occupations is $56,350.  

Our Graduates

Where do they find jobs?

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Our graduates find residential and commercial employment locally and, in the Tulsa, and Oklahoma City areas. Most students who go straight to work after completing the program start in carpentry, cabinet making, metal stud framing, form work, or drywall.

Many graduates will further their learning at OSU-IT studying Construction Management. As you take on new responsibilities in your job and become a leader, you could progress to a foreman or project superintendent. Students who complete their two-year associate degree can start working as an assistant superintendent making approximately $62,529/year.  

Quick Facts

Students, Campus, Times

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  • Students: Adult & High School
  • Campus: Drumright Only
  • Times: Morning, Afternoon, Full Day
  • School Year: August-May

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