Construction Trades

Your future in Construction Trades

First-year Construction Trades students complete core work and then study carpentry (rough and finish), electrical, exterior finishes, masonry, plumbing, and roofing. Training takes place in the classroom and construction lab. Safety and technical skills are practiced in the lab.

Successful completion of the first year is required for placement in the second year program. Students will be placed either at an internship or paid work-based learning site and will receive training/experience in areas such as carpentry; electrical; exterior finishes; masonry; plumbing; roofing; building maintenance; and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC). A TEC coordinator regularly visits students at their internship or work-based site. All second-year students must provide their own transportation and return to TEC two days a month to meet with the coordinator.


  • Blueprint reading
  • Construction math
  • OSHA 10
  • Carpentry (rough and finish), electrical, exterior finishes, masonry, plumbing, and roofing

Ken Sygit, Instructor

Program Curriculum

Extracurricular activities
National Technical Honor Society 

Career options
Cabinet Maker
Carpenter/Rough Carpenter
Construction Manager
Construction Inspector
Construction Instructor
Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Technician

Additional information
More information about Construction occupations can be found by logging on to Xello.

Advanced training and education
Advanced education and training can be obtained from technical schools, apprenticeship programs, community colleges, and universities. Macomb Community College, Eastern Michigan University, Ferris State University, Michigan State University, and Western Michigan University are examples of educational institutions offering advanced education in construction. The Detroit Carpentry Joint Apprenticeship Committee, Plumbing Industry Training Center, Electrical Industry Training Center, Masonry Industry Training Center and local construction trade unions offer apprenticeship programs.

Currently, TEC's Construction Trades program articulates college credit through SC4 and Macomb.