Construction Trades

  • A Construction Trades student measuring the outside of a small building.
  • A Welding student wearing her protective gear and smiling for the camera as her colleagues work in the background.
  • A Masonry student measuring the angle of a wall to confirm it is level.

Construction Trades at FSCC

At FSCC, students can expect to be educated by trained instructors who have not only taught the trades, but are well-known professionals in their trades. Instructors teach in the classroom and in labs for hands-on learning with tools of the trade. The curriculum has been developed by the National Center for Construction Education and Research. Upon completion of the classes, students will earn recognized credentials for that specific trade, which will be entered into a national registry that is portable and available to contractors.

 

FSCC’s Construction Trades program is unique due to its 2 + 2 + 2 program. A student can start in this program as early as junior and senior year of high school earning college credit toward their degree. The student could earn his or her associate of applied science degree at FSCC and then transfer to Pittsburg State University. Students who follow the 2 + 2 + 2 program will not have to duplicate coursework in any of the three phases of their education.
 

Suggested curriculum for the construction trades associate of applied science degree

Employment outlook

The construction industry as a whole is lacking trained professionals. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment outlook is excellent. There is an expected job growth of 10% through 2024. The earning potential for a trained professional in any of specialty trades related to construction, both commercial and residential, averages $20 per hour nationally. There is a need in all specialty trades including carpentry; welding; masonry; and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.

Scholarship opportunities

Students can apply for program and institutional scholarships here, or they may pick up a scholarship application in the Construction Trades Office. For more information about scholarships, call 620-223-2700.

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FSCC East Campus (The Armory)

2301 Horton St.
Fort Scott, KS

620-223-2700 ext. 5247

Career and Technical Education Center of Crawford County

1301 E. 27th Terr.
Pittsburg, KS

620-223-2700 ext. 5247

Careers that PAY!!!

Average wages in the construction industry

(2010 Kansas Wage Information)

Architectural/Civil Drafter - $41,530 Heavy Truck Driver - $38,270
Brickmason - $50,960 Operating Engineer - $35,270
Carpenter - $40,230 Painter - $33,790
Concrete Finisher - $35,420 Plumber - $47,650
Civil Engineer - $75,540 Project Manager - $79,370
Construction Laborer - $29,870 Roofer - $33,920
Crane/Tower Operator - $44,040 Sheet Metal Worker - $40,090
Drywall Installer - $38,320 Steel Worker - $49,450
Electrician - $45,990 Surveyor - $48,470
Estimator - $57,620  
First Line Supervisor - $56,290 kansasconstructioncareers.com