CONSTRUCTION TRADES

Build a Lasting Foundation

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!

Building process you will experience hands-on:  

  • 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  
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The House Project

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. 

RESIDENTIAL CARPENTRY

PATHWAY

Details

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

Areas of study

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

Potential Career Path

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More information

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 $47,430.  


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, 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 $55,000/year.  


Quick Facts

Students, Campus, Times

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

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