Construction Trades Training

Train for jobs right here in Erie, PA

Program Details
Next Start Date

Sept. 25, 2023

Tuition Cost

No cost


Monday: 6-8PM at ECAT
Tuesday & Wednesday:
5-8PM at Erie High School

8 months

This tuition-free program allows students to train as a carpenter’s apprentice in state-of-the-art facilities. Graduates are prepared to work in a variety of construction jobs.

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Your Career in Construction

Carpenters are skilled tradespeople who work indoors and outdoors on many types of construction projects, from installing cabinetry to building infrastructure like highways and bridges. Those who are employed in the construction industry work predominantly on construction sites and are typically engaged in aspects of the industry other than design or finance.

Job Outlook

Pennsylvania is among the top 5 States with the highest employment level for carpenters. The average hourly wage for a Carpenter in Pennsylvania is $ 26.64/hour.

Program Details

Students will complete modules to prepare them to successfully pass NCCER credentials in Masonry, Carpentry, Plumbing, and Electrical. Successful graduates will also obtain OSHA 10 certification.


The Construction Trades Training Program is an 8-month program (28 weeks, 218 total training hours) with a weekly commitment of 8 hours.

Monday sessions take place from 6-8PM at the Erie Center for Arts & Technology, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5-8PM at Erie High School in the Construction Trades Shop.

Orientation: Monday, September 25th, 2023

First day of classes: Tuesday, September 26th, 2023

Last day of classes: Friday, May 3rd, 2024

This program follows the Erie School District calendar for holidays, winter and spring breaks.


Tuition is offered at no financial cost to any student.

Costs associated with uniform, driver’s license or PA State ID, and/or diplomas are the applicant’s responsibility.

Students are provided all necessary tools and equipment needed to complete modules.

Additional Support

Our program includes a dedicated Student Support team that helps remove barriers that might get in the way of your success.

We work with you to solve problems related to childcare, transportation, and stress by connecting you with solutions right here in your community. We’re invested in your success and will be with you every step of the way!

Program Requirements

To participate in the Construction Trades Training Program you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or national or have an eligible non-citizen status (please be prepared to provide a copy of a U.S. birth certificate or passport OR a copy of a valid U.S. visa information).
  • Be a resident of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at least 18 years of age.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent (GED).
  • Possess an unexpired PA driver’s license.

Contact Us

Courtney Wyatt
Construction Trades Program Supervisor

The Erie Center for Arts & Technology (ECAT) is a community-based educational arts and career training facility that inspires, educates and empowers people of all ages with adult job training and creative youth programs.




Erie Center for Arts & Technology
650 East Avenue, Suite 120
Erie, PA 16503

Monday - Friday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM