Residential Construction Program

Build your future at Cochise!

In a trade where the average age is over 40, the labor force for construction workers is wide open and in dire need of new skilled employees. The Cochise Residential Construction Program can prepare students for entry into the building trades by taking the student through a complete home building experience. From dirt to a single-family home, the Residential Construction Technology program helps students develop social consciousness by providing them with an experiential-learning opportunity which involves the construction of homes. Students interpret blueprint drawings and participate in all facets of their construction project while practicing worksite safety. They also learn about climate control in residential construction.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, projected employment growth for carpenters, from 2016-26 is 8.17%, outpacing the average job growth for most occupations. Between 2016 and 2026, approximately 83,800 construction jobs will be added to the workforce.

Women make up less than 3% of the construction trades. This leaves a huge opening for women who wish to pursue a career in building construction. The median wage for a carpenter in 2018 was $46,590. (US Census).

Under the direction of the program’s faculty coordinator, students will be guided through all stages of the program process to include concrete, framing, millwork, roofing, exterior finishing, flooring, blueprint reading and compliance with building codes.

Department Chair | James Krause |
Sierra Vista Campus | (520) 515-5418

Contact Doug Schlarbaum, instructor | | 520-515-3633

Residential Construction Technology Program Brochure (PDF)


Residential Construction Program Instructor

Schlarbaum, Douglas |
Sierra Vista Campus |  (520) 515-3633

2 Semesters

Certificate 38

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