DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 28, 2015) – Managers of booming regional construction projects are clamoring for trained workers with entry level building skills. To address the need, Building Trades and Construction Design Technology programDaytona State College has launched the Building Trades and Construction Design Technology program. Registration is open now for classes starting Jan. 19 at DSC's Advanced Technology College.

"Our industry is seeing such exciting growth," says Sandy Bishop, executive director of the Volusia Building Industry Association. "If you enjoy hands-on work and seeing a building rise, you should get started in DSC's new program. This is an excellent opportunity to work on all different types of building projects, doing what you enjoy, with the potential for good earnings and advancement."

The one-year (two semester) certificate program will prepare graduates to be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the construction industry and related occupations including OSHSA safety practices, selection and use of basic hand and power tools, and understanding of construction-related documents.
  • Apply rough and finish carpentry, masonry, electrical, plumbing and air-conditioning skills.
  • Develop employability and entrepreneurship skills.
  • Demonstrate the ability to plan and implement projects within the construction field.

Students who complete this program will qualify for jobs such as construction workers, carpenter helpers, carpenters, plumbers and electrician helpers. Starting wages in Florida begin at $21,400 and range up to $59,200 annually. Advancement opportunities with further education include building-site supervision and project management.

The one-year program is open to high school, college-level and adult students, particularly those interested in construction-industry career pathways. A fee waiver may be available to eligible students.

Bishop notes the latest regional economic report lists building trades among the fastest growing job tracks in the state. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has forecast 34 percent growth in building-trades jobs by 2022.

For more information on the new Building Trades and Construction Design Technology program, contact Roger Rowan, workforce programs chair, (386) 506-4171 or RowanR@DaytonaState.