Building Trades

Houses, schools, factories, office buildings, and other structures all need to be built and/or renovated to provide basic human comforts such as water, electricity, heating, and air conditioning. This program introduces the basics of building structures as well as career skills in plumbing and electrical. With the recent increase in building projects in southern Michigan, the job outlook is bright for hard-working, trained, and certified construction professionals.

Program Description

Students start by learning basic safety procedures and earning their 10-hour OSHA certificate. They quickly learn to use hand and power tools safely and learn the basics of building structures – foundations, framing, flooring, roofing, and siding – and the systems inside them. Students also learn valuable industry knowledge such as estimating, design, building permits, and job interviewing skills. All students in the class will work on improving academic skills through online Keytrain curriculum.

To Be Successful

Successful students will have fundamental math skills in measuring, fractions and decimals as well as the ability to balance social and work interactions. They enjoy building projects and physical activity. Students in this program like to work with their hands, follow directions well, have good work habits and work well either independently or in a team.

Student Organization


Related Careers

Note: Additional education may be required.

  • Construction Management
  • Carpenter
  • Building Maintenance
  • Plumber
  • Job Estimator
  • Inspector
  • Facility Management
  • Electrician
  • HVACR Technician
  • Project Manager

High School Credit*

*The LISD TECH Center recommends the academic credit listed. Credit can only be awarded by local districts.

  • 1.0 4th Math
  • 1.0 3rd Science
  • 1.0 World Languages (in lieu of)

College Credit Opportunities*

*College credit can only be awarded by the college or university. Certain requirements must be met outside of completing the class.

  • Davenport University
  • Washtenaw Community College

Certification Opportunities

10-hour OSHA Certificate


Steve Kosino is a 35-year industry veteran and former building inspector. His Bachelor’s degree is from Siena Heights University and his Master’s degree is from Western Michigan University.

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Teacher Assistant

David Hillard graduated from Ferris State University with an Associate’s degree in Building Technology and a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management.  Aside from being the teacher assistant in the Building Trades program, he also teaches the Adult Learning Home Maintenance class during the winter.  Prior to working at the TECH Center, David worked for Waltz Carpentry where he specialized in remodeling, new home construction, and pole barn construction.  His love for construction began in high school when he would work summers remodeling homes with his wood shop teacher.

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