Year One

         Students will receive instruction in:


      Building safety                                                  

      Construction theory

      Blueprint reading and scale drawing

      Hand/power tool use and safety

      Materials identification, handling and procurement

      Project estimation



         Year Two

           Students will receive instruction in:


     Advanced instruction in the above topics

      Basic welding skills

      Finish carpentry

      Plumbing, electrical, heating, air-conditioning and ventilation

     (As time permits and under the supervision of a licensed tradesman).









Career Possibilities:


Construction worker

Carpenter apprentice

Plumber apprentice

Electrician apprentice









¨ Junior or Senior status or with instructor permission. 

¨ An additional application along with an instructor interview is required.



Course Description:


                 Within the Building Trades program, students will learn basic skills involved in residential and commercial construction.  First-year instruction will occur primarily on campus.  Second-year students will participate in hands-on experiences at community-based work sites throughout Las Cruces. Students may enroll in this program for up to two years.


Action Pictures—Action shots of students in BT Class

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To contact the instructor for this program please email:

John Arguello - Instructor


Building Trades