Construction Trades

student using a drillThe Construction Trades program is a two-year program for students who have demonstrated a strong interest in the construction industry. Students will develop an understanding of the construction trades in reference to building and maintenance of residential and light commercial property. Areas of instruction include carpentry, plumbing, residential electricity, heating, cabinet making, masonry and painting. The basic principles of math, blueprint reading, local building codes, cost estimates, building materials and structural design, with a strong emphasis on construction and structural safety are integrated into these instructional areas. Emphasis on appropriate shop safety, shop management and possession of a professional work ethic are inclusive in the curriculum. Membership in Skills USA - BUILDING is recommended  

Enduring Understanding
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  • Carpenter
  • Estimators
  • Building Material Reps
  • Related construction positions
  • Contractor
  • Construction Sales
  • Retail
  • Concrete Workers
  • Laborer
  • Form Carpenter
  • Steel Erector
  • Building Inspector
  • Home Inspector

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Students will develop competencies that will prepare them for entry level employment and/or post-secondary options, including certification programs, associate or bachelor degrees. OSHA-10 Safety Certification is part of the Construction Trades Program curriculum.



Download a PDF of the Construction Trade Competencies.

Enduring Understanding

As a result of completing the Building Trades program students will understand that:

  • Structures are built to maintain stable internal conditions.
  • Following protocol and safety procedures will produce a safe work environment.
  • Students will understand planning to create and complete construction jobs in a given environment.
  • Students understand the proper selection and use of tools and techniques for building tasks.

Download a PDF of the Construction Trades Program Outcomes.

Download a PDF of the Construction Trades Competency Map.

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Skills USA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. Together they prepare for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. including health occupations.

For more info, see or email Mr. Cail.

Note: Membership in SKILLS USA – BUILDING is recommended.


Advisory Committee

Advisory committees serve the CTE programs by acting as liaison between the educational institution and the public. The principal purpose for CTE program/advisory committees is to promote greater cooperation between career and technical education and the private sector in preparing individuals for employment, promoting quality career and technical education and making the career technical education system more responsive to the labor market.

CTE program/advisory committees have three major roles. They are to advise, assist and provide support and advocacy for quality career and technical education. It is through these roles that CTE program/advisory committees work with instructors and administrators to initiate policies, procedures and methods that help strengthen and modernize career and technical education.

Improving the quality of career and technical education can be directly linked to the degree of involvement, participation and commitment of the CTE program/advisory committees. If you would like to be involved in shaping the future of education at MWVCTC and have the skills/background to benefit the Building Trades Program, please email Mr. Cail for more information.

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Take a look at this fantastic video featuring our Construction Trades students and instructor. Click Here. It was created by the NH Lottory one of the sponsors of the Tiny House project. This would not have happened without the help from many generous sponsors. A GREAT BIG THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING BUSINESSES, INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS who have donated time, advice, materials and funding. Their generosity made this most amazing opportunity a reality for this year's students!!!

  • Superior Insulation, Scott Emund
  • Jane Gray
  • Vicki & Paul Klenk
  • Don & Maryilyn Murdock
  • Douglas & Beverly Sarapin
  • Whitehorse Press, Daniel & Judith Kennedy
  • Attitash Mountain Service Company
  • Marianne Jackson
  • Rotary Club of North Conway
  • Silver Lake Home Center Inc
  • Cormack Construction Management Inc, Gordon Cormack
  • New Hampshire Log and Timber Homes, Bob Carper
  • Milford Flooring, Kevin & Karen Milford
  • Kip Beveridge, Flooring Installer
  • DW Electrical Contractors
  • Apex Plumbing and Heating 

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