Building Trades Technology

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 an average of $16.08 per hour, just six months following graduation. Read more in our latest Building Trades 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!

NEW! Building Trades Summer Jump Start

If you’re a soon-to-be high school graduate with a dream of pursuing a Building Trades Technology (BTT) degree at Lake Area Tech, take a look at this option! Beginning May 29, our Building Trades program will offer the first-ever Summer Jump Start session! What is it? The BTT Summer Jump Start puts students on a fast-track to graduation beginning with an intense, skills-oriented summer session. Upon successful completion of the summer session, students will enter the fall semester as a second-year student and will be on schedule to graduate in the spring!

To be eligible for the BTT Summer Jump Start, students must have completed building trades classes in high school or possess equivalent prior building trades experience. If you’re ready to commit, take the first step by applying to Lake Area Technical Institute here. In only a year’s time, you’ll be walking across the graduation stage with a degree in your hand!

 Option for Currently Employed

Construction employees who are currently working can also apply for the BTT Summer Jump Start session. If you’ve got the experience and can demonstrate your capabilities, consider applying for the BTT Summer Jump Start option and earn your degree in Building Trades Technology! This fast-paced option may be ideal for those who wish to earn a degree in only one year!

Ready to jump on the fast track?  Apply here!