Although some tradespeople enter the construction industry through apprenticeships, students can also find hands-on certificate and degree programs at community colleges and technical schools. Many top colleges offer construction trades programs, including Alfred State, SUNY Canton, Morrisville State College, and Arizona Western College.
Programs are typically available at the certificate and associate's degree levels. These programs provide training for aspiring carpenters, roofers, and stonemasons, as well as electricians and plumbers. Three of the colleges featured are members of the State University of New York (SUNY) system and are ranked in U.S. News and World Report's top 25 northern regional colleges. All four schools offer a certificate or an associate degree program in a construction-related area.
Alfred State in Alfred, NY
|School Highlight: Alfred State enjoys an employment and transfer rate of 99%.|
Alfred State SUNY College of Technology, which specializes in project-based learning, tied 10th on U.S. News & World Report's list of best northern regional colleges north in 2020. The college offers an Associate in Occupational Studies in Building Trades-Building Construction with an emphasis on carpentry and masonry.
SUNY Canton in Canton, NY
|School Highlight: All students admitted to this program must fulfill computer a competency requirement.|
SUNY College of Technology at Canton ranked 23rd among the best regional colleges in the North by U.S. News & World Report in 2020. The college offers certificate programs in the following construction trades: electrical construction and maintenance, air conditioning maintenance and repair, and heating and plumbing service.
Morrisville State College, NY
|School Highlight: Morrisville is a laptop-integrated school.|
Morrisville State College (SUNY) in Morrisville, NY, is a regional college in the North that was tied at #29 by U.S. News & World Report in 2020. The college offers an Associate in Occupational Studies in Residential Construction. In addition to classroom learning and hands-on work in construction, students can take classes in project estimating and business.
Arizona Western College in Yuma, AZ
|School Highlight: AWC offers a fast-track certificate, a traditional certificate, and an associate of applied science (AAS) in construction trades.|
AWC's fast-track certificates can be earned in fewer than six months, while traditional certificates follow the academic calendar. Associate's degree programs are available in the areas of air conditioning and refrigeration, plumbing, carpentry, electrical technology, and construction management. Classes are offered at a variety of times to allow for flexible scheduling.
Top Construction Trades Schools
These top rated schools also offer construction trades programs:
|Central Arizona College||Short-term construction trades and facilities maintenance program confers a certificate of completion and prepares students for entry-level jobs||Coolidge, AZ|
|Central Wyoming College||Construction trades training program has limited admission: candidates are selected by a team||Riverton, WY|
|Florida State College||Offers technical certificate and associate degree programs in various construction trade specialties||Jacksonville, FL|
|Fort Scott Community College||Students can begin taking classes for the A.A.S. in Construction Trade program as early as their junior year of college; transfer to Pittsburg State University's degree completion program can lead to a bachelor's||Fort Scott, KS|
|Sitting Bull College||A.A.S. in Building Trades program prepares students for entry-level carpentry jobs||Fort Yates, ND|
|Turtle Mountain Community College||Students in the A.A.S. in Building Construction Technology program participate in a home construction project||Belcourt, ND|
A variety of majors are available in constructions trade programs at many top colleges. Students may have the opportunity for hands-on experience in construction and become prepared for entry-level jobs.