Construction Trades Technology


Gain the skills to work on local construction jobs, with specialized knowledge for building practices in Alaska and the North. The certificate in construction trades technology at UAF is a hands-on program taught by professionals with decades of practical experience. Courses cover topics such as workplace safety, hand and power tool usage, blueprint reading, construction measuring, and plumbing and heating, with an emphasis on saving money by doing home repairs. You can focus your construction certificate in carpentry, facility maintenance or sustainable energy.

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Why Earn Your Certificate in Construction at UAF?

  • Learn from expert professionals who have decades of experience working in the construction trades.

  • Focus your construction training in carpentry, facility maintenance or sustainable energy.

  • Gain specialized skills for building construction and repair in Alaska and the North.

Hands-on learning in the construction training program

Expect plenty of opportunities for hands-on learning when you take part in UAF’s school for construction. Here are a few examples of practical skills you’ll develop through our construction job training:

  • How to install and repair drywall.
  • How to install doors and windows.
  • How to install cabinets, countertops, floor coverings and trim.
  • How to use and understand construction blueprints and drawings.
  • How to safely use hand and power tools and personal protection equipment.



Construction Jobs

Construction trades offer reliable and often well-paying job opportunities for a broad range of skillsets. The construction certificate will help prepare you with the skills to get started in construction jobs or an apprenticeship. Graduates of our trade school for construction may go on to future careers as:

  • Carpenters
  • Flooring installers
  • Roofers
  • Plumbers
  • Facility maintenance workers
Construction work salary

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction laborer and helper careers (entry-level construction jobs) in Alaska pay an average of $52,920 per year. That’s more than $15K above the national average for this occupation, making Alaska one of the higher paying states for construction work.

This training program will also prepare you for apprentice positions in different construction trades. Average annual earnings in Alaska for a selection of these jobs include:

  • Carpenter’s helper: $37,280
  • Roofer’s helper: $42,090
  • Plumber’s helper: $44,490



Get Started on Your Construction Job Training

Take the next step toward earning your certificate in construction trades technology. We have the resources to help you get started.