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Introduction to Construction Trades

Explore elements of each career field in the construction cluster

Two students stand at a table adding wires to light fixture bases Students explore and build knowledge in four skilled areas of the construction and transportation fields: carpentry, HVAC/plumbing, electrical and heavy equipment. 

Fast Facts

  • For General Maintenance and Repair Workers, Job Projections: 6 percent annual growth in new jobs through 2028.
    Median U.S. Salary: $38,300 per year (in 2018).*  Education Requirements: High school graduation, with additional on-the-job training.
  • For Grounds Maintenance Workers, Job Projections: 9 percent annual growth in new jobs through 2028.
    Median U.S. Salary: $29,400 per year (in 2018).*  Education Requirements: Most training can be done on the job. Some employers require certification in areas such as landscape design, horticulture, or arboriculture, and licensing for pesticide and fertilizer application. 

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Units of Study

  • Basic Safety
  • Intro to Hand Tools
  • Intro to Power Tools
  • Construction Math
  • Intro to Blueprints
  • Carpentry
  • Basic Electricity
  • Plumbing
  • Heavy Equipment
  • HVAC
  • Employability Skills







Licensing / Industry-Based Certifications


Career Opportunities

Many students enrolled in Introduction to Construction Trades select another CTE program for their second year. Visit these program pages for more career outlook information:  Carpentry, HVAC/Plumbing, Residential and Commercial Electrical and Heavy Equipment Operation and Maintenance.


Daniel DeFazio
Jakob Bartalo 
With a degree in HVAC/R, Dan DeFazio brings over 20 years’ experience in HVAC/R installation, sales and service. Prior to working at WEMOCO, Dan taught HVAC/R in the BOCES2 Center for Workforce Development adult education program. 
Jake Bartalo studied special education, psychology and English and earned a bachelor's degree. His construction experience comes from working in small local companies, where he learned several trades. He specializes in carpentry, building remodeling and renovations.

Enrollment Information

Meet with your school counselor to discuss how Career & Technical Education at WEMOCO can benefit your career development. Your counselor can help you begin the enrollment process.
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