Training for a Construction Career

Training programs and apprenticeships are commonly available in electrical, mechanical (heating and air conditioning) and plumbing, where licensing is required. Other fields may be limited to on-the-job training. High school or GED credentials are generally required, but four-year degrees are not, except for certain higher-level positions.

Programs in construction engineering, technology, and management are offered at some Oklahoma colleges.

Schools

State supported schools offering construction programs include:

Private and nearby-state schools offering construction programs include:

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are offered by trade unions and some trade associations. Not just casual on-the-job training, apprenticeships are rigorous, federally regulated programs that combine on-the-job learning with additional technical instruction. Learn more at the U.S. Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship Website.

Oklahoma State Building and Construction Trades Council - tracks more than 20 apprenticeship programs sponsored by local unions across the state for trades including:

  • Boilermakers
  • Bricklayers
  • Electricians
  • Elevator constructors
  • Insulators
  • Ironworkers
  • Operating engineers
  • Painters
  • Plumbers and pipe fitters
  • Roofers
  • Sheet metal workers

Electrical apprenticeships are also offered by participating contractors through the Associated Builders and Contractors of Oklahoma and by the Independent Electrical Contractors of Oklahoma City, which has a program that counts toward an associate degree in applied science.

Plumbing apprenticeships are a new program also offered by participating contractors through the Associated Builders and Contractors. That program started at the end of 2008.

The U.S. Department of Labor Program Sponsors Database has a state-by-state, county-by-county list of registered apprenticeship programs. Besides construction apprenticeships open to new workers, the list includes other industries and programs open only to employees of the sponsoring company.

In addition, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission has links to a few apprenticeship programs. OESC also catalogs training opportunities, including dozens of welding programs, at Oklahoma Job Link. Click on Training Providers in the left navigation column and select from more than 500 specialties.