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Success on the jobsite demands specialized skills. Let’s get to work.

In the construction industry, your job depends on your skills. We’ve seen a busy job market for skilled laborers, bricklayers, carpenters, and other workers, with the BLS projecting a 11% growth in construction laborer jobs alone. That’s why we’ve created this career-focused program. We get you Day 1 Ready for real jobs that are hiring now. Ready and equipped with everything you need to perform on the first day of your new job.

In this program, you’ll get hands-on training right away. Our instructors are seasoned pros who share specialized skills and techniques and can coach you on how to find your place in a new crew. You’ll have more job options available to you, with training in framing, concrete, bricklaying, electrical, and more. You’ll be ready to pursue construction jobs, which could include working for:

  • Construction Companies
  • Roofing Contactors
  • Bricklayers
  • Remodelers

Our construction training program goes beyond basic instruction. Our personalized career services focus on all aspects of career readiness, from finding the right jobs to resume building to interview prep—help and support you won’t find at most construction or trades programs. If you are ready for the challenge, we’ll give you all the right tools.  If you’re looking for an El Paso construction school that teaches job-focused skills, enroll in our Construction Technology diploma program.

What You’ll Learn

Get hands-on instruction in framing, quality concrete and brickwork, and the fundamentals of sustainable design and green building practices. You’ll also learn how to study building codes, interpret plans and drawings, construction site techniques and layout, mechanical systems, and construction safety.

Fast Facts

Next Start Date
November 15

Course Length: 10 Months *
Class Hours:
Lab Hours:
Clinical Hours:

* Based on successful, full time enrollment

Career Opportunities for Graduates

Graduates of our Construction Technology diploma program may seek employment in entry-level construction positions.

Potential Job Titles: Drywall Installer, Framer, Apprentice, Construction Worker

Why Vista College?

The Right Skills for Real Jobs

Vista College designs its trades programs around the real skills that employers seek, getting you Day 1 Ready for jobs that are hiring today.

Course Title Credits
Basic Craft Skills 6.5
Introduction To Construction * 6.5
Building Codes * 6.5
Construction Techniques * 6.5
Construction and Framing * 6.5
Construction Materials and Applications * 6.5
Construction Systems * 6.5
Sustainable Construction * 6.5

Basic Craft Skills


This course introduces students to basic craft skills including the proper use of hand tools, power tools, and rigging. Students will receive instruction on handling techniques for hazardous and non-hazardous construction materials, basic skills in drawing and reading blue prints, and working in confined spaces. In addition, students review basic mathematical functions, communication, and job readiness skills.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Introduction To Construction


This course introduces students to the principles, equipment, and safety techniques utilized in the construction industry. Students will be exposed to personal protective equipment utilized in the modern construction industry and the use and installation of modern masonry material. Students will be introduced to materials that form various types of concrete as well as volume estimates and concrete forms, tools, equipment, and procedures for handling, placing, and finishing concrete, joints made in concrete structures, the use of joint sealants, and form removal procedures. Emphasizes on safety procedures for handling, placing, and finishing concrete are included in the raining. Reinforcement materials such as reinforcement bars, bar supports, and welded-wire fabric are discussed.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Building Codes


In this course, students will explore the scope of Building Codes, which are founded on broad-based principles that make possible the use of new materials and new building designs. The course covers safety concepts, structural and fire and life safety provisions, egress, interior finish requirements, comprehensive roof provisions, seismic engineering provisions, occupancy classifications, innovative construction technology, and industry standards in material design. Further, students work with OSHA 30 Safety Awareness Training.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Construction Techniques


Students learn historic and current methods and procedures used in the masonry trade. Discussions include brick and block manufacturing and types of brick and block that are currently used in various types of masonry construction. An overview of the basic safety practices and requirements found in the masonry trade are provided along with knowledge, skill, and ability requirements of a mason. Students learn basic bricklaying techniques and methods and procedures used in masonry unit installation including types of mortar to bond masonry units, and different types of patterns. Hands-on skill development in constructing “Wythe’s” and brick courses are also emphasized.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Construction and Framing


The purpose of this course is to provide information on materials and general methods used to construct floor systems with an emphasis on platform methods of floor framing. This course introduces students to materials and general procedures used in wall, ceiling and roof framing as well as procedures for laying out rafters for gable roofs, hip roofs, and valley intersections.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Construction Materials and Applications


In this course, students learn the common materials used in residential and light commercial roofing which includes shingles, roll roofing, shakes, tiles, and metal and membrane roofs, as well as the selection and installation of roof vents. Safety practices and application methods for these various materials are discussed. The course also covers the types of exterior siding used in residential construction including wood, metal, vinyl, and cement board siding, and proper installation procedures. In addition, students are introduced to the materials and methods used to construct interior and exterior wooden stairs.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Construction Systems


This course introduces the students to the safety rules and regulations for electricians, including the necessary precautions for avoiding various job site hazards. Students are also introduced to the various types of devices and installation procedures used in residential wiring. Students work with the factors that influence DWV system design and how different types of drains, fittings, vents, and pipes are used to move waste out of a building. Students are introduced as well to the various types of materials, schedules, and applications of plastic piping. Further, they practice determining the appropriate types of fittings, valves, hangers, and supports needed for plastic piping. This course also covers the materials, and properties of copper piping, fittings, and valves.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Sustainable Construction


This course provides fundamental instruction in the green environment, green construction practices, and green building rating systems. Exercises on calculating a carbon footprint and worksheets on inventorying household and product impacts are utilized in the course. Students will learn and understand the fundamental concepts of sustainable design and green building practices.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

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