Want to build a strong career?

If you're one of those people, you might want to think about a future in Building Trades and Construction, a dynamic career pathway that will allow you to literally create the world around you.

There are four different detours on this path: Cabinetmaking and Wood Products for those with a passion for handcrafted precision; Residential and Commercial Construction for people who dream of creating a city skyline; Engineering and Heavy Construction to build the massive infrastructure that connects and supports our world; and Mechanical Construction to create the machines that will build our future.

On this pathway you'll get intense academic and technical training that focuses on construction processes, systems, and building methods. You'll also get hands-on experience through internships, work experience and apprenticeships. It's the perfect path to help you build a solid future for your community...and yourself!

How much can you make?

Construction and Building Inspectors$24.73 - $39.40
Carpenters$18.93 - $31.31
Paving, Surfacing and Tamping Equipment Operators$18.92 - $28.35
Electricians$18.76 - $33.98
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters$18.29 - $32.35
Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers$17.79 - $29.63
Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters$11.80 - $19.15

Additional Resources

  • California Career Zone

    California Career Zone

    California Career Zone is a new way to explore exciting jobs and occupations that the Golden State has to offer and to learn about what career path interests you.

  • CCCApply


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  • California Career Cafe

    California Career Cafe

    CACareerCafe is a virtual career center for California Community College students. The website provides free activities and resources to help make decisions and get experience along the journey to a career and job!

Financial Aid

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