Construction Trades

Construction Trades

Technical Diploma

The construction trades offer incredible opportunity for anyone looking to use their hands, make an impact in their community, and earn a great salary.

A Closer Look

The construction trades include many different jobs and career paths, from carpentry, to electrical, to plumbing, to pipe fitting, and much more. What construction workers have in common is the ability to use their hands and skills to help build things people depend on—the buildings we work in, the homes we live and play in, and more. It’s honest, satisfying work that makes the world go around.

Construction workers are skilled by definition, and they are always learning and growing in their abilities. Some work for residential or commercial contractors, while others own their own business.

What You'll Learn

Mid-State’s Construction Trades technical diploma provides the foundation knowledge and experience to get started in the construction, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, and pipefitting fields. Graduates understand the various components of building construction systems as well as proper and safe tool use and installation techniques for piping, heating, and electrical systems. Successful completion of the diploma prepares students for an entry-level position in the construction trades industry.

The program includes work in an interactive hands-on lab and a year-round larger lab complete with an "indoor house." Through exposure to multiple fields and industries, graduates are prepared to enter the trade they choose.


  • General Construction Laborer
  • Electrical Contracting Laborer
  • Carpentry Contracting Laborer
  • Plumbing Contracting Laborer
  • Steamfitting Contracting Laborer

Your Instructors

The instructors in the Construction Trades program bring the right balance of professional experience and teaching expertise to the classroom. Meet our full-time faculty!


Benjamin earned his bachelor’s degree from University of Minnesota - Twin Cities and has over 10 years of experience installing and designing mechanical, hydronic, heating, and renewable energy systems. He co-authored the book Solar Water Heating: A Comprehensive Guide to Solar Water and Space Heating Systems. Benjamin lives in a high-efficiency, solar-heated and -powered home he built himself.

“I love what I do and am excited to spend each day empowering students to better themselves and to change the world.”

Program Information Guide

See the printable Program Information Guide to learn about career pathways, transfer opportunities, program outcomes, and more. If you are unable to access this document, please contact a new student specialist by calling 888.575.6782.

Costs and Financial Aid Eligibility

Expected Program Costs

Cost based on the 2018/2019 academic calendar year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $1690.92
  • Books: $342.50
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $0.00
  • Total Estimated Cost: $2,033.42

Financial Aid Eligibility

Financial Aid Approval Pending.


Catalog# Title Credits
Term: 1
10442100 Intro to Welding 1.00
10476170 OSHA 30 for the Construction Trades 2.00
10482107 Construction Fundamentals 2.00
10483121 Piping Applications 3.00
10601130 Blueprint Reading for Construction Trades 2.00
10601140 Electricity for the Construction Trades 2.00
(12 Credits)
Total Credits: 12