Building a bright future in the construction and carpentry world begins right here at Lake Area Tech! Do you have a flair for design? A way with a hammer? An eye for detail? Then our Building Trades Technology program might be just what you’re looking for. In only 18 months, your new and diverse career could be a reality!
Our students gain a solid foundation in residential design, site preparation, concrete work, floor/wall/roof construction, ventilation, interior finishing, cabinetry, and building codes. Yes, you’ll hit the books, but much of your time will be spent building a custom-made home from start to finish. This on-site experience will escalate your skills and give you the upper hand once you hit the job market.
Speaking of the job market, occupations in the construction field are expected to grow at a faster than average pace! Jobs with commercial contractors, maintenance shops, woodworking shops, sash and door companies, furniture manufacturers, and home contractors are waiting for you. Want to be your own boss? Consider our Entrepreneurship program after completing your AAS degree in Building Trades and you’ll be well on your way to printing business cards with the word ‘Owner’ behind your name!
But wait, there’s more! In the classroom, you’ll also learn about light commercial construction, estimation, and working in a green industry. And, you’ll be exposed to the latest in construction technology like blower door testing. Out of the classroom, you’ll get the chance to sharpen your leadership skills and interact with a network of professionals by joining trade organizations like the Home Builders Student Chapter, the Associated General Contractors of SD, and Skills USA.
Recent grads are making up to $16.50 an hour in this field with an average of $14.27. Read more in our latest placement report.
If you’ve set your sights on a career in this high demand field, schedule a tour and let us show you the possibilities!
To enhance their communications and public relations skills (as well as compete in regional contests) students may participate in the LATI chapter of the National Homebuilders Association and SkillsUSA-VICA.