Building Trades



The Building Trades CTE program meets the job needs of the Philadelphia area. Jobs in facility maintenance are expected to grow by 6% by 2024.* This program provides skills needed for the building trades, property maintenance, and construction field. Students gain relevant classroom, and hands-on experience in carpentry, construction management, facility maintenance, electricity, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), and plumbing. The program is designed to build a strong work ethic and employable skills.

* U.S. Bureau of Labor & Statistics

In their senior year, approximately 50% to 75% of students are employed in a co-op position.


  • National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) in core curriculum
    • 92% of students earned certification over last 5 years
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 30
    • 93% of students earned certification since 2015
  • First Aid & CPR/AED
    • 95% of students earned their certifications in 2022
  • Both shop instructors are NCCER Certified 


  • Williamson College of the Trades
  • Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology 
  • Full-time employment with companies such as Campus Apartments, Elliott Lewis, PTR Baler & Compactor, and University City Housing
  • Apprenticeships with various trade unions
  • Four-year colleges such as Cabrini University
  • Two-year colleges such as Community College of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania College of Technology

For more information, contact:

Mr. Rick Schmidt
Building Trades & OSHA Instructor

For more information, contact:

Mr. Greg Fowler
Building Trades Instructor