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Building Trades

While in the building trades program, students are given an extraordinary opportunity to build a custom, single-family home from the ground up. This program was ACE’s first well-known career focused program.

ACE students have built nine single-family homes, working on a job site every day in small groups, individually or with an entire class. They perform every aspect of construction including surveying, concrete, rough carpentry, plumbing, electrical, insulation, sheetrock, roofing, finish fixtures, painting and landscaping. Completing a project of this magnitude equips students with valuable skills and discipline to see a job through to the end-right down to hammering the last nail.

Proceeds from the sale of the house help fund the next year’s program.

As students progress through the building trades program, they will do material takeoffs from house plans, write up orders, supervise small groups of second-year students, work independently and participate in the SkillsUSA competition. Many students have gone on to be National Gold Medal Winners and frequently place in the Top 10 in the Nation!

Think for a minute about all the aspects of construction that go into building a home and this is what ACE students learn and do on the job and in the classroom:

  • Plan reading
  • Surveying
  • Safety
  • Rough and finished carpentry
  • Rough and finished plumbing
  • HVAC
  • Material estimation
  • Job-site supervision
  • Electrical
  • Insulation
  • Roofing
  • Flooring
  • Painting
  • Landscaping
  • Energy efficiency items such as solar panels
  • Concrete
  • Masonry
  • Code requirements
  • Inspection
  • Tool management and use

Students earn their 10-hour OSHA certification as well as the opportunity to earn up to 21 college credits with our educational partner Truckee Meadows Community College towards a construction management degree.

Graduates from this program have become contractors, journeyman plumbers, carpenters, electricians, masons, project managers, and engineers.