Construction is an ever-growing industry and skilled workers are in high demand throughout the nation. If you are ready to jump-start a lucrative career that allows you to be active and work with your hands, Construction Trades at Lamar Community College can help you do just that. With an Associate’s degree and three certificate options, you will gain the skills and knowledge you need to immediately enter the workforce.
The Construction Trades program will provide you the technical knowledge and hands-on experience necessary to excel in the construction industry. The best part? At LCC, the majority of your learning will be done working on real projects, giving you the opportunity to work alongside some of the industry’s most talented professionals while you learn from their years of experience in the field.
Construction Trades Options
|Construction Trades||A.A.S.||Degree Plan|
|Construction Trades Essentials||Certificate||Certificate Plan|
|Construction Trades Interior Building||Certificate||Certificate Plan|
|Construction Trades Exterior Building||Certificate||Certificate Plan|
|Construction Trades Mastery*||Certificate||Certificate Plan|
|Welding||Degree & Certificates||See: Welding »|
Associate of Applied Science in Construction Trades
This comprehensive two-year degree program prepares students to pursue a variety of professional career opportunities in the construction trades industry. The curriculum stresses a balance of classroom, technical and hands-on learning within the context of the industry’s current practices. By the end of the program students can communicate a sound theoretical understanding of construction practices and demonstrate proficiency in the trades’ skills including (exterior framing, windows & doors, finish work, drywall, document professional, etc.) and/or with general contractor. Students also demonstrate professionalism in the workplace, a sound understanding of ethical business practices, and communication with clients.
Program graduates will be able to:
- Effectively demonstrate proficiency in trades’ skills (exterior framing, windows & doors, finishing work, drywall application).
- Illustrate and apply professional employability skills, such as the importance of being timely, project collaboration, and providing quality service to clients/contractors.
- Apply knowledge of how to effectively manage a construction project within the scope of current industry trends.
- Understand and adhere to industry-approved safety procedures and applicable laws surrounding construction.
- Demonstrate the ability to inquire, adapt, and problem-solve throughout the duration of a construction project.
- Identify materials for construction projects and estimate costs and quantities.
- Locate, identify and interpret nationally accepted code requirements as they apply throughout the duration of a construction project.
The Construction Trades and Construction Trades – Essential certificate programs offer students the workforce skills to perform the essential functions within the scope of practice that an individual desires a career/employment in. The certificates are “stackable” into the AAS degree.
Construction Trades Certificates
Construction Trades certificates prepare graduates to directly enter the construction trades industry. The certificates are designed to be completed in one year. The curriculum also provides the flexibility for experienced contractors and trades practitioners to upgrade or broaden their skills and knowledge. Students may earn a certificate in one or more of six specialties. The certificate program includes many courses required in the Associate of Applied Science Degree and credits may be applied toward earning the degree.
Construction Trades Essentials Certificate
The Construction Trades Essentials Certificate provides entry-level as well as upgrading skills courses for a solid foundation in construction. This certificate includes an introduction to carpentry, computer-aided drafting, hand and power tools, and OSHA industry standards, all while getting plenty of hands-on experience.Construction Trades Essentials Gainful Employment Disclosure
Construction Trades Interior CertificateConstruction Trades Interior Gainful Employment Disclosure
Construction Trades Exterior CertificateConstruction Trades Exterior Gainful Employment Disclosure
Construction Trades Mastery CertificateConstruction Trades Mastery Gainful Employment Disclosure
LCC offers three Welding Certifications (Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced) and an Associate of Applied Science in Welding Fabrication. These programs provide entry-level as well as upgrading skills courses in welding technology. The program is offered on an open enrollment basis. Students may complete certain courses to enter the workforce then return to complete the program or to upgrade skills. Students interested in starting their own welding contracting business may want to consider enrolling in additional coursework offered through the Business program to complement their welding skills. Learn more about LCC’s Welding program.
- High school diploma or equivalent
Cost of Textbooks/Supplies
- Tuition based on total number of credits taken.
- The cost may vary from semester to semester.