ECAT Construction

Train for jobs right here in Erie, PA

Program Details
Next Start Date

TBD 2023

Tuition Cost

No cost


Tuesday & Wednesday
5PM – 8 PM
9 months

This hands-on program, in partnership with Erie’s Public Schools, allows students to train as a carpenter’s apprentice in a state-of-the-art facility. Graduates are prepared to work in a variety of construction jobs.


Our enrollment period is currently closed.

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 salary for a Carpenter in Pennsylvania is $ 25.71/hour.

Program Details

Successful students will graduate with a Carpenter’s Apprentice certificate through Carpenters International Training Fund.

Next Start Date

TBD 2023


Tuition is offered at no financial cost to any student.

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


Classes meet Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Erie High School (3325 Cherry St, Erie, PA 16508) in the Construction Trades Shop. The program takes 9 months to complete.

The ECAT Construction program follows the Erie School District calendar. All District Holidays, Shutdowns, and Non-attendance Days are observed.

Courses and Trainings

  • Commercial Construction
  • Forklift Training
  • JLG Lift Training
  • OSHA 10
  • Residential Construction
  • Skid Steering

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. At ECAT, we’re invested in your success and will be with you every step of the way!

Program Requirements

To participate in the ECAT Construction program you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be a resident of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent (GED)

Contact Us

Tamika Craig
Adult Support Specialist
(814) 651-0903
Mike Trippi
Construction Trades Instructor
814-874-6200 Ext. 1599
Room #179/278

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