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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.


Learning Outcomes

 Goal #1:

  • 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.

Goal #2:

  • 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.

 Goal #3:

  • 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

 Goal #4:

  • 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.

Admission Process

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

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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.

Apply for financial aid

Attend Orientation

Once you are accepted, MATC will contact you to attend a new student orientation 2-3 months before classes begin.

Begin Classes!


  • MATC Merit Scholarship
  • Vocational Educational Scholarship Program
  • Greg Davis Scholarship
  • Pat Butler Scholarship
  • Scholarships Information
  • Home Depot Scholarship

Certification Opportunities

  • Technical Certificate
  • OSHA-10 Hour course for the Construction Industry

Career Opportunities

  • Residential Carpenter
  • Construction Forms Helper
  • Carpenter Helper
  • Rough Carpenter
  • Residential Site Layout Assistant
  • Residential Roofer

Job Placement

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.

Employment Outlook

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.

Links to Industry 


Program Information

Estimated Monthly Cost

A.A.S. - $716
Certificate - $986

Estimated Total Cost

Including tuition, fees,

books and supplies

A.A.S Degree - $12,235
Tools & Supplies - $650

Certificate - $8,220
Tools & Supplies - $650

In accordance with 34 CFR 668.6(b), that requires institutions to disclose certain information about the programs to prospective students, please see: Gainful Employment.

Average Wage

$27,390 - $39,720

Completion Time

9 Months (August - May)
A.A.S. Degree - 63 Hours - 4 Semesters
Certificate - 45 Hours - 2 Semesters


Admission Requirements

  • COMPASS Assessment
  • Official High School Transcript or GED


The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604
(800) 621-7440 or (312) 263-0456 

The Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR)
1000 SW Jackson, Ste. 520
Topeka, KS 66612-1321

The program is aligned across Kansas Building Trades Programs through KBOR

National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER)
13614 Progress Blvd
Alachua, FL 23615
(386) 518-6500


Program Instructors

Gary Pryor

Building Construction Instructor

Licensed Contractor



Laci Heller

Building Construction Assistant


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