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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.

But wait, there’s more! 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 SkillsUSA.

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 Business program’s Entrepreneurship option 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!

If you’ve set your sights on a career in this high demand field, schedule a tour and let us show you the possibilities!

Building Trades House Projects

Lake Area Tech Building Trades students gain valuable hands-on skills through the construction of homes. Persons interested in having the LATC Building Trades program build their residential home may contact Building Trades Technology Program Supervisor Kevin Theisen at 605-882-5284 ext. 299 or email kevin.theisen@lakeareatech.edu to learn more about the bid application process, timeline/deadline, and specifications .