The Building Trades program offers training in residential and commercial building needed in the workforce today. This training uses the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) curriculum. Course work includes safety, blueprint reading, tools and materials, framing, interior and exterior finishing, roofing, cabinets, and concrete work. Application and practice of skills are accomplished through various construction projects.
This program aligns with the Kansas Board of Regents curriculum.
- Students will have the knowledge and skills to operate manual and power tools used in residential construction including skill, reciprocating, table and concrete saws, hammer drills, drills, and air guns.
- Students will be familiar with forming systems used in concrete construction.
- Students will be familiar with and have practiced job site safety requirements.
- Students will be introduced to basic blueprint reading.
- Students will be introduced to International and local building codes and how those standards apply to residential construction.
- Students will also be made aware that changes may occur to building codes over time and that those changes must be monitored and adhered to.
- Students will apply problem-solving skills creatively and critically when faced with unforeseen construction dilemmas.
- Students will be able to use math skills to square a foundation and calculate rafter lengths
- Students will communicate with instructor, as they should with future employer by notifying instructor of absences.
- Students will work as a team member to complete worksite projects.
- Students will display a positive attitude toward the profession.
Schedule a visit
Campus visits are available by appointment at 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Please call (785) 587-2800 to schedule your visit.
Submit an application
The earlier the better! Enrollment is limited, and applicants are admitted on a first-applied, first accepted basis for all programs except Nursing and Dental Hygiene.
Once you are accepted, MATC will contact you to attend a new student orientation 2-3 months before classes begin.
- MATC Merit Scholarship
- Vocational Educational Scholarship Program
- Greg Davis Scholarship
- Pat Butler Scholarship
- Scholarships Information
- Home Depot Scholarship
- Technical Certificate
- OSHA-10 Hour course for the Construction Industry
- Residential Carpenter
- Construction Forms Helper
- Carpenter Helper
- Rough Carpenter
- Residential Site Layout Assistant
- Residential Roofer
The salary range for the Building Trades graduates was $10.00-$18.95 per hour. Wages and benefits vary depending on location of employment. The building trades program had a 100% placement rate for the 2009-2010 graduates.
Outlook for employment in field in Kansas
The carpentry occupations had an average annual employment of 11,226 in 2006 and a projection of 12,797 in 2016. That represents an increase of 1571 (14%) jobs. In addition, there will be an additional 1519 employees needed to serve as replacements for those who leave the field.
Outlook for employment in field Nationwide
Job opportunities will be good for those with the most training and skills. The need to replace carpenters who retire or leave the occupation for other reasons should result in a large number of openings. Carpenters with specialized or all-around skills will have better opportunities for steady work than carpenters who can perform only a few relatively simple, routine tasks.
Employment of carpenters, like that of many other construction workers, is sensitive to the fluctuations of the economy. Workers in these trades may experience periods of unemployment when the overall level of construction falls. On the other hand, shortages of these workers may occur in some areas during peak periods of building activity.
Job opportunities for carpenters also vary by geographic area. Construction activity parallels the movement of people and businesses and reflects differences in local economic conditions. The areas with the largest population increases will also provide the best opportunities for jobs as carpenters and for apprenticeships for people seeking to become carpenters.