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Learn Construction Skills & Build a Career From the Ground Up

Last updated on October 4, 2017

Construction jobs are in demand in north Texas, with expected employment growth of 27 percent by 2024, according to the Texas Workforce Commission. This surge affects all areas of construction, including (but not limited to) areas like: electrical technology, plumbing, air conditioning and refrigeration technology, carpentry and welding.

Do Construction Jobs Pay Well?

This rising demand is also a significant part of what makes Construction Technology programs like the one at DCCCD so important. Students can develop specialty construction skills in areas like residential building, field engineering, commercial HVAC systems, pipe fitting and plumbing. These programs allow students to quickly get started in high-demand careers, and the numbers don’t lie — you can make a living wage in Texas at nearly any of them!

Job Title Annual Mean Wage in Texas
Carpenters  $38,000
Construction laborers  $30,400
Painters, construction and maintenance  $35,040
Plumbers, pipe fitters and steamfitters  $46,100
Construction and building inspectors  $55,550
Construction managers  $96,870
Construction and extraction occupations  $42,590
First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers  $68,740
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators  $40,090
Helpers, construction trades, all other  $33,030
Construction and related workers, all other  $35,230

Additionally, construction and building inspectors in north Texas make an average starting salary of about $34,000, with 200 of these jobs added in the last three years.

Do Construction Workers Need Training?

Yep! You can learn the necessary skills to work in construction when you study Construction Technology at North Lake College in Irving. Choose from the following options to get training in the construction job of your choice:

North Lake College also offers, in partnership with the Construction Education Foundation (CEF) of North Texas:

  • The Commercial Construction Certificate is an apprenticeship program that has been nationally approved by the National Center for Construction Education Center and Research (NCCER). CEF commercial construction trade craft apprenticeships include carpentry, commercial electrical, field engineering, commercial HVAC, pipefitting and commercial plumbing.

You Can Become Qualified for Dallas Construction Jobs in Two Years or Less — Apply for Admission Today!

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