Building Technology

WHAT DOES A CONSTRUCTION TRADES TECHNICIAN DO?

If you want a career that is hands-on, challenging and driven by deadlines, building technology might be made for you. A construction trades technician works on both commercial and residential projects, utilizing a wide range of skills and knowledge. Our program prepares you in several different areas, from surveying and concrete work to roof framing.

LEARNING AT WASHBURN TECH

The program provides instruction of basic theory and hands-on experience in carpentry, roof framing and masonry. Attending half-day, you can complete the program in two semesters and earn a 25 credit-hour technical certificate.

JOB AND SALARY OUTLOOK

Employment is expected to grow faster than average for construction carpenters. According to the Kansas Department of Labor, the average entry-level salary for a construction carpenter in 2015 was $15.49 an hour or $32,224 annually and the average salary was $18.12 an hour or $37,695 annually. Carpenters' District Council for our area reports the current average wage for a union residential carpenter is $16.50 an hour and $24.28 an hour for a union commercial carpenter.

TOPEKA AREA CARPENTER/MILLWRIGHT WAGE RATES

(Carpenters' District Council)

Hourly wage

Hourly wage w/ benefits

Residential Carpenter $16.50 $25.15
Commercial Carpenter $24.28 $35.35

CERTIFICATIONS 

  • NCCER Core
  • Carpentry I
  • OSHA-30 Construction

SCHEDULE

This program begins every August.

Daytime Options:
M-F 8:00a—11:10a (1 year pathway)
M-F 11:45a—2:55p (1 year pathway)