Building Trades

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Building Trades is a hands-on program. You will use math skills to solve problems and complete tasks. To be prepared, focus on doing well in algebra and geometry courses. Admission into apprenticeship programs and specialty training programs can be competitive. To increase your chances, do your best in all high school courses and work toward a Technical Honors Diploma.

Course Instructor: Benjamin Walters

A Typical Student in Building Trades:

The typical student is one that enjoys hands-on learning and has the solid math skills to be successful.  There will be a significant emphasis on measurement and conversions at the beginning of the first-year program.  These skills will be necessary through the second year of the program, during further training, and on the job.  Successful students have the patience and attention to detail to solve problems using the skills they have learned.  They can work on projects independently or with other students.  They can read blueprints, check their work as needed, and stay on task without constant supervision.  Safety is a primary focus, and students must follow OSHA guidelines to keep themselves and others safe.  Work continues on the project house despite the weather.  Students must be willing to work in hot and cold weather and in rainy and snowy conditions.  Students must have some computer skills to complete the OSHA 10-hour Construction Safety Certification.  Most of the certification is completed online outside of class time.

In the Past 5 Years

  • Students have built 4 houses and completed a building remodel in New Castle
  • Projects have averaged almost 5,000 square feet with a real estate value averaging more than $400,000
  • Students have gone on to attend Vincennes, Ivy Tech, Indiana State, and BSU

Find Out More

  • Building Trades I

    Construction Technology I

    Construction Technology provides experiences related to residential home construction. Students learn basic techniques in framing and rough carpentry, siding and roofing, door and window installation, residential wiring, drywall hanging and finishing, flooring installations, and finish carpentry through the construction of a house in the community. Students are also introduced to concrete/foundation work, heating/cooling, and plumbing. All aspects of safety are stressed. Students are expected to work on scaffolding and on roof levels as well as outside in various weather conditions. Upon completion of this program, students continue their education in 2 and 4-year degree programs at the postsecondary level or enter employment in one of the many construction fields. Students also enter apprenticeship programs for specific construction trades.

    Dual College Credits:

    CONT 101 Intro to Construction Technology - Ivy Tech 3 credits - Testing not required. Qualifies for THD Priority Dual Credits.

    BCOT 104 Floor/Wall Layout & Construction - Ivy Tech 3 credits - Testing not required.  Qualifies for THD Priority Dual Credits.

    Industry Certification:

    OSHA 10-Hour Safety Certification - Testing is required and fees apply.


    How to prepare

    The following courses will help prepare students for the Building Trades career program, further training, and a career in the construction industry.  These courses are not required but are recommended if available.

    • Algebra I
    • Algebra II
    • Geometry
    • Technology & Construction Courses

    What You Will Learn

    • Learn basic framing, rough carpentry, siding, roofing, wiring, drywall, flooring, and finish carpentry
    • Gain introductions to concrete, HVAC, and plumbing
    • Apply skills while building the annual project house
    • Earn dual credit and OSHA certification

    Course Information

    • Number of High School Credits: 6
    • Prerequisites: None
    • Eligible Grade Levels: 11, 12
    • New Castle High School and Building Site
    • Required Cost: Approximately $75.00 Covers: Personal tools and equipment.
  • Building Trades II

    Construction Technology II

    Construction Technology provides experiences related to residential home construction. In year 2, students are assigned more complex, independent projects and lead work teams. All aspects of safety are stressed. Upon completion of this program, students continue their education in 2 and 4-year degree programs at the postsecondary level or enter employment in one of the many construction fields. Students also enter apprenticeship programs for specific construction trades.

    What You Will Learn

    • Lead work teams to complete more complex projects 
    • Gain introductions to concrete, HVAC, and plumbing
    • Apply skills while building the annual project house
    • Earn dual credit and OSHA certification

    Course Information

    • Number of High School Credits: 6
    • Prerequisites: Building Trades I - Construction Technology I
    • Eligible Grade Levels: 12
    • New Castle High School and Building Site
    • Required Cost: $0