Building Trades


The Building Trades CTE program meets the job needs of the Philadelphia area. Jobs in facility maintenance are expected to grow by 5.3% by 2020. 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.


  • 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
    • 85% of students earned certification since 2015


  • Williamson College of the Trades (on average, three students are accepted each year)
  • Full-time employment with companies such as Campus Apartments, Elliott Lewis, Lockheed Martin Corporation, PTR Baler & Compactor,TN Ward Company, 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