Construction Trades

Your Future in
Construction Trades

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

The instructor's recommendation is required for placement in the second year program. Students who are recommended for the second year program will be placed at internship sites and will receive training in areas such as carpentry; electrical; heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC); masonry; or plumbing.

Please note: Due to the seasonal nature of construction trades, some internship placements may be adjusted during the winter months.


  • Blueprint reading
  • Construction math
  • Construction and tool safety
  • Beginner carpentry, electrical, masonry, and plumbing

Program Curriculum

Extracurricular activities

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 Career Cruising. See your counselor to obtain a username and password.

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.