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Building Construction Career Facts

What is a residential builder?

Residential builders build houses, apartments, condominiums, and do renovation projects. All necessary aspects of construction, including sub-trades, construction materials, and business aspects are included as part of a residential builders knowledge

What do builders do?

Carpenters construct and repair building frameworks and structures-such as stairways, doorframes, partitions, and rafters-made from wood and other materials. They also may install kitchen cabinets, siding, and drywall.

What types of skills are required?

A residential builder must have basic math skills, be able to apply the correct construction methods and techniques, know the proper use of construction materials, and be able to know and conform to code requirements. They must also gain knowledge of blueprint reading, estimating time and materials, and small business administration and management.

Where are they employed?

Completers of this program would begin on a framing or interior trim crew, work up to be a crew leader, continue on to become a project manager or superintendent, and finally to branching of to start your own business. You could also switch to the supply side of the construction business. To obtain a Residential Builders License, or a Maintenance and Alteration Contractors License you will have to pass an exam that is administered by PSI Examination Services. After passing the exam, you will submit an application for license to the State of Michigan to obtain your builders license.

What Degrees are Available?

You will receive a certificate of achievement. You can then move on to a 4 year institution to obtain a degree in Construction Management.

What Kind of Income Can I Expect?

The median annual wage of carpenters was $39,530 in May 2010. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $24,650, and the top 10 percent earned more than $71,660

What is the Job Outlook?

Employment of carpenters is projected to grow 20 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Job prospects for carpenters should improve over the decade as construction activity rebounds from the recent recession.

Construction and Maintenance Program at Lansing Community College

Design and Construction Technologies
West Campus, Room M103
Phone: (517) 483-5338
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