High School

Two-Year Programs


Construction boy

In the Construction pathway, build your future in the ever-growing field of construction. Civil engineering, construction management, site coordination, material handling, and independent contracting are just a few of the career opportunities available to those with carpentry skills. In Butler Tech Construction students will gain hands-­on experience by building and framing complete structures right in the classroom, working with power tools, understanding safety guidelines, and computing construction math.

Hands-on Experience 

Students will cover material science and the applications of traditional and emerging construction materials. Some of the topics covered are basic safety, construction math, introduction to hand and power tools, introduction to blueprints, basic rigging, floor systems, wall systems, roof framing, windows, and doors. During their senior year, students will progress to advanced skills such as reading site plans and elevations, concrete and reinforcing materials, foundations and flatwork, concrete forms, manufactured forms, framing with metal studs, drywall installation and finishing, cabinet installation, and interior door installation.

College Tech Prep

Butler Tech Construction Technology is a College Tech Prep program. It combines college-like instruction with hands-on activities to prepare students for the technical occupations of the future and to provide a pathway to an associate degree or beyond.

Graduate from high school ready for an entry-level position, earning credentials and the option to earn college credits to apply toward a college degree. Continue your education at a two or four-year college with two years of experience and possible certifications.

After graduation from the full program, students can pursue a career as a(n):

  • Business owner
  • Carpenter’s apprentice
  • Finish carpenter
  • Laborer in construction trades
  • Lumber sales and handling
  • Maintenance worker (large complex)
  • Rough carpenter

Other related occupations include: Drywall, siding, gutters, roofing, and painting.

With additional education and/or work experience, students can go on to careers as a(n):

  • Architect
  • Building contractor
  • Career-technical instructor
  • Insurance adjustor for a claims department
  • Manager of a home improvement company
  • Program Manager.

Program Highlights

Industry Overview

Construction is a one-trillion-dollar industry in the U.S. and demand is quickly rising in this field. Construction workers are visionary thinkers who practice great self-control, give attention to detail and have high integrity. From everyday homes to skyscrapers, a career in Construction is full of opportunity to build our communities and serve those in the world around us.

Course Work

  • Estimate, layout, cut, and install framing members for:
    • Walls
    • Floors
    • Roofs
    • Stairs
  • Estimate, layout, cut, and install exterior finish materials
  • Estimate, mix, place, and finish concrete
  • Introduction to blueprint reading
  • Power and hand tool safety


  • OSHA 30 Construction
  • Career Connections