Construction Trades

Students with finished roofing projectConstruction 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.


Degrees & Certificates

Construction Trades Options

Construction Trades A.A.S. Degree Plan
Construction Trades Essentials Certificate Certificate Plan
Electrical 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 construction trades immediately upon graduation or continue their education at the next level. The curriculum stresses a balance of classroom, technical and experiential learning within the context of a craft ethic. Students are introduced to the variety of construction trades through a sound theoretical foundation followed by an emphasis in developing the trades’ skills necessary to work with a specialty or general contractor. Students may choose to concentrate their hands-on experience in carpentry or welding. The program places special emphasis on place based learning.

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.

Electrical Certificate

More information coming soon.

Welding Certificates

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.

Program Details

Entrance Requirements

  • 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.

Gainful Employment Information

See below for the most up to date information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attend our programs.

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