Building Tech

Career Focus

Prepared for immediate employment, apprenticeship opportunities, advanced certifications, and further education


Students enrolled in the building technology associate degree program at NMU will learn how to develop a variety of knowledge and skills related to activities of construction including:

  • Workplace safety
  • Employability practices
  • Reading specifications and blueprints
  • Determining construction requirements
  • Planning procedures
  • Work inspections
  • Equipment inspections
  • Worksite safety
  • Layout tasks using survey equipment

Job Opportunities

  • General contracting
  • Carpentry
  • Building inspection
  • Building maintenance
  • Material sales
  • Concrete finishing
  • Construction supervision
  • Building and grounds estimations
  • Surveying

Michigan and National Employment & Wage Data

Bachelor's Degree or Higher

  • Architects, Except Landscape and Naval
  • Architectural and Engineering Managers
  • Career/Technical Education Teachers
  • Civil Engineers
  • Commercial and Industrial Designers
  • Construction Managers
  • Engineers, All Other
  • Environmental Engineers
  • Landscape Architects
  • General and Operations Managers
  • Purchasing Managers
  • Surveyors
  • Urban and Regional Planners

Associate's Degree, Long-Term Training & Apprenticeships

  • Architectural and Civil Drafters
  • Brickmasons and Blockmasons
  • Carpenters
  • Civil Engineering Technicians
  • Drafters, All Other
  • Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blaster
  • Glaziers
  • Maintenance and Repair Workers
  • Radio, Cellular, and Tower Equipment Installers and Repairers
  • Structural Iron and Steel Workers
  • Wind Turbine Service Technicians

Certificate or Moderate-Term Training

  • Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters
  • Cement Masons 
  • Construction and Building Inspectors
  • Construction and Related Workers, All Other
  • Crane and Tower Operators
  • Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers
  • Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators
  • Helpers--Extraction Workers
  • Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators
  • Painters, Construction and Maintenance
  • Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators
  • Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators
  • Roofers
  • Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters 
  • Surveying and Mapping Technicians 

High School Diploma or Equivalent & Short-Term Training

  • Construction Laborers
  • Helpers--Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile  
  • Helpers--Carpenters
  • Helpers--Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers
  • Helpers--Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, and Stucco Masons
  • Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
  • Helpers--Roofers
  • Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators
  • Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers
  • Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers
  • Riggers
  • Tank Car, Truck, and Ship Loaders


Students should inquire within their guidance office about high school curriculum requirements that may be satisfied through a college course, as this is determined individually by school district.

Students earn direct college credits from NMU at no cost.

Home Builders Assoc. of the UP is proud partner of CTE

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The Home Builders Association of the Upper Peninsula has supported the CTE program in many ways. One way is in the form of scholarships for very deserving students taking the path towards a career in the trades.

The HBA of the UP typically awards four $1,000 scholarships to four high school seniors! Scholarships are for high school seniors residing in the Upper Peninsula, and attending an Upper Peninsula High School who has applied for acceptance into a college curriculum or trade school within the home building or construction industry. (Building, Engineering, Architecture, Decorating, Design, Drafting, Welding, etc.) Find out more at the HBA Scholarship.

The HBA of the UP also awards The Professional Women in Building Scholarship Award to an Upper Peninsula high school female student who will be going on to a post-secondary school in the Upper Peninsula and enrolled in a trades program. This scholarship is open to current high school students AND college students. Find out more at the HBA Professional Women in Building.

The HBA of the UP also offers classes for continuing education