Construction Trades Major

A program that generally prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills in the building, inspecting, and maintaining of structures and related properties.

May include instruction in masonry, carpentry, electrical and power transmission installation, building/construction finishing, management, inspection and other construction-related applications.

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Search for schools that offer studies in Construction Trades (use the College Search feature and enter "construction trades” in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.

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A high school diploma or equivalent is typically required to enter any trades occupation. Certain high school courses, such as mathematics and mechanical drawing, may be useful. Some vocational-technical schools offer certificate programs. Community colleges may also offer two-year programs leading to an associate degree. The course of study may account for all or some of the required hours of apprentice work. Time spent as an apprentice may also count toward a degree.  Several groups, such as unions and contractor associations, sponsor apprenticeship programs, as well.

The Construction Trades cover a wide variety of hands-on, service-based jobs. These jobs include (but are not limited to) plumber, painter, electrician, roofer, and carpenter. All of the jobs in the construction trades have one thing in common: hands-on work. If you are interested in a degree in construction, you must enjoy working with your hands.

Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Construction Trades

Professional associations are groups of professionals dedicated to topics in specific fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.

Publications/Magazines Construction Trades