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Building & Construction

Curriculum and Distance Learning Resources

Building and Construction Trades

Guest Speaker Presentations

Carpenter's Union Apprenticeship


The Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters represents over 50,000 union carpenters in six states, raising area work standards and improving members' skills and productivity.

American General Contractor


Works to ensure the continued success of the commercial construction industry.

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers


Represents about 775,000 active members and retirees who work in utilities, construction, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing, railroads and government.

Sheet Metal Apprenticeship


Sheet Metal Workers perform architectural sheet metal work, fabrication, installation, and service of heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, shipbuilding, rail work and more. Learn about their apprenticeship program and careers.

Plumbers and Steamfitters Apprenticeship


Piping professionals provide San Diego with the complex systems responsible for potable water, sanitation, medical gas, heating, cooling, and purity piping for the pharmaceutical and micro-electronic industries. Learn about their apprenticeship program and careers.

Virtual Site Tours

Associated General Contractors 2020


Tour the AGC's apprenticeship program where apprentices can pursue training in carpentry, cement masonry, drywall lather, drywall finishing, heavy equipment operation, and painting.

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 2020


Tour the electrical worker apprenticeship program - the Electrical Training Institute - which prepares both Inside Wiremen and Telecommunications Workers through a blend of on-the-job and classroom instruction.

Sheet Metal Workers 2020


Tour the facility of the Sheet Metal Workers' apprenticeship program which provides classroom instruction and on-the-job training in blueprint reading, sketching and drafting, CAD, welding, testing and balancing air systems, HVAC service, and green technology.                             

Southwest Carpenters 2020


Tour the facility of Southwest Carpenter's Apprenticeship program, which trains professional carpenters, acoustical installers,
drywall applicators, floor layers, insulators, lathers, millwrights, pile drivers, plasterers, scaffolders, and more.

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 2021


ETI provides apprentices hands-on training with professional equipment to develop the next generation of skilled wireman and sound electricians. Their apprenticeships are tuition-free and last 4-5 years.

Associated General Contractors 2021


The AGC San Diego chapter works to improve the skillsets, knowledge, and use of the latest technology of our regional general contractors and boasts the state’s first and largest open-shop apprenticeship program. 

Southwest Carpenters 2021


Apprentices complete 4 years of classes and 160 hours per year training in conjunction with full time work on a construction site. Like other programs, apprentices are paid throughout the program and receive wage increases as they accumulate more experience and training. 

Sheet Metal Workers 2021


“Sheet metal” refers to any metal that can be formed into flat pieces. Sheet metal workers cut, roll, bend, and shape these pieces to make a wide variety of objects such as ductwork, airplane wings, car bodies, refrigeration units, medical tables, storage units, building facades, and signs. Their apprenticeship includes 1000 hours of training and work on job sites.

Able Disabled Advocacy's YouthBuild Apprenticeship


A program for young adults ages 17 – 24 who have previously quit school to help them earn a high school diploma or GED and start a career. Participants complete projects and training to obtain professional certifications in construction or computer technology.


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San Diego, CA 92111


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