If you like working on a team, enjoy seeing the immediate results of your work, enjoy new and interesting challenges daily and want the freedom to work anywhere, then a construction career may be for you.
The Construction Technology degree program at NPC emphasizes building fundamentals for any number of career fields, including: masonry and concrete systems, framing, roofing, thermal and moisture protection, electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems. Effective communication and job success strategies are emphasized throughout the program. And, as you work to complete your degree, you'll also have the chance to explore a wide selection of elective courses to help you learn about related areas of interest, such as welding processes and business courses — for those planning to own or manage construction-related enterprises.
- NPC also offers a certificate of proficiency in drafting and AutoCAD. (Currently only offered as Dual-Enrollment at participating high schools)
- NPC also offers a certificate of proficiency in masonry. (Currently only available at Arizona Department of Corrections)
- For more information about this program, please contact an NPC Academic Adviser. Also see the current NPC College Catalog and class schedule.
Read our story about the Construction program in NPC's Career Focus magazine.
Labs and Classrooms
Instruction is offered at NPC's Skills Center in Holbrook and in Whiteriver.
Supplies / Tools
Most tools and supplies are furnished as part of the course fee.
Most construction workers do physically demanding work, often lifting heavy materials or equipment and need to have endurance to perform strenuous tasks throughout the day. Some work at great heights or outdoors in all weather conditions.
Employment of construction laborers and helpers is projected to grow 13 percent through 2024.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (USBLS), entry-level construction positions in the non-metropolitan northern Arizona area average $46,700 per year (May 2019). With experience in specialized areas of construction, salaries rise along with increases in skill and expertise. Some typical annual salaries for skilled construction workers as listed by the USBLS: highway maintenance worker: $44,630SOC 47-4051; cement masons/concrete finishers: $48,330SOC 47-2051; carpenters: $52,850SOC 47-2031; electricians: $60,370SOC 47-2111; drywall and ceiling tile installers: $50,560SOC 47-2081; and first-line construction supervisor: $71,440SOC 47-1011.
The NPC Construction Technology program fulfills requirements of the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), the national agency for standardized construction training and credentialing.
The U.S. Department of Education requires all colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." See the Letter from the U.S. Department of Education (PDF).