Your Career in the Construction Trades

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Kate Neubert-Lechner
Workforce Program Director
(814) 388-5854

Introduction to the Trades

Construction is a growing industry in the United States and encompasses a variety of specializations. This career is ideal for people who like to work outside of an office environment, use their hands, and are interested in learning to use a variety of tools, machinery, and equipment.

This program provides a thorough introduction to the construction trades, including Masonry, Carpentry, Plumbing, and Electrical, and prepares individuals to enter the workforce right here in Erie County.

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

Many industries employ individuals skilled in construction trades:

  • Residential Building Construction
  • Nonresidential Building Construction
  • Building Finishing Contractors
  • Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
  • Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors
  • Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction
  • Utility System Construction
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:
  • Identify, use, and care for a wide variety of hand tools.
  • Perform 3-D positive 2x cuts.
  • Perform aluminum bending
  • Interpret a complete set of blueprint drawings
  • Form, pour, finish, and strip concrete.
  • Construct a straight, level, and plumb block wall to given dimensions.
  • Successfully sweat a leak-free pipe assembly using proper boxes, wire, connectors, gauge, and plates.
  • Calculate and cut a common rafter from a given span, pitch, and ridge.
  • Lay out and cut a stair stringer to match a rise dimension.

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