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2022 Best Construction Trades Schools

112 Colleges in the United States
6,165 Construction Trades Degrees Awarded
$32,448 Avg Early-Career Salary
You'll be studying one of the lesser sought-after majors if you pursue a degree in construction trades. It is ranked #34 out of 38 major degree programs in terms of popularity. As such, your educational options may be more limited than if you were in a more popular field.

College Factual looked at 112 colleges and universities when compiling its 2022 Best Construction Trades Schools ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 6,165 degrees in construction trades to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Construction Trades School

Best Construction Trades Schools Your choice of construction trades school matters, so we have put together these rankings to help you make your decision. In order to come up with a best overall ranking for construction trades schools, we combine our degree-level rankings, weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each level.

You may want to choose one of the degree levels below to find the schools of most interest to you.

Pick Your Construction Trades Degree Level

The construction trades school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Construction Trades Schools. You can also filter this list by location to find schools closer to you.

In addition to College Factual's rankings, you may want to take a look at College Combat, our unique tool that lets you pit your favorite schools head-to-head and compare how they rate on factors that most interest you. When you have some time, check it out - you may want to bookmark the link so you don't forget it.

More information on how we come up with our rankings can be found here: College Factual's Data Methodology.

Best Schools for Construction Trades in the United States

If you aren't interested in a particular degree level and want to know which schools are the overall best at delivering an education for the construction trades degrees they offer, see the list below. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

16 Top Schools in Construction Trades

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In TX
150 Construction Trades Degrees Awarded

Texas State Technical College is one of the best schools in the country for getting a degree in construction trades. Located in the medium-sized city of Waco, TSTC is a public college with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #418 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means TSTC is a great college overall.

There were roughly 150 construction trades students who graduated with this degree at TSTC in the most recent year we have data available.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
354 Construction Trades Degrees Awarded

It is hard to beat Honolulu Community College if you want to pursue a degree in construction trades. Honolulu CC is a small public college located in the large city of Honolulu. A Best Schools rank of #321 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Honolulu CC is a great college overall.

There were roughly 354 construction trades students who graduated with this degree at Honolulu CC in the most recent data year. Construction Trades degree recipients from Honolulu Community College get an earnings boost of about $40,552 over the average earnings of construction trades graduates.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
43 Construction Trades Degrees Awarded

Any student who is interested in construction trades has to take a look at Richmond Community College. Richmond Community College is a small public college located in the distant town of Hamlet. This college ranks 23rd out of 113 colleges for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There were approximately 43 construction trades students who graduated with this degree at Richmond Community College in the most recent year we have data available. Those construction trades students who get their degree from Richmond Community College earn $28,652 more than the standard construction trades student.

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#4

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, IN
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
606 Construction Trades Degrees Awarded

Any student pursuing a degree in construction trades needs to check out Ivy Tech Community College. Located in the city of Indianapolis, Ivy Tech Community College is a public college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 17th out of 48 colleges for overall quality in the state of Indiana.

There were roughly 606 construction trades students who graduated with this degree at Ivy Tech Community College in the most recent data year. Construction Trades degree recipients from Ivy Tech Community College get an earnings boost of around $27,585 over the average earnings of construction trades majors.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MI
77 Construction Trades Degrees Awarded

Located in the large suburb of Ann Arbor, Washtenaw Community College is a public college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 42nd out of 67 schools for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

There were approximately 77 construction trades students who graduated with this degree at Washtenaw Community College in the most recent year we have data available.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In WI

FVTC is a large public college located in the medium-sized suburb of Appleton. A Best Schools rank of #709 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means FVTC is a great college overall.

There were roughly 20 construction trades students who graduated with this degree at FVTC in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in construction trades from Fox Valley Technical College

#7

Triton College

River Grove, IL
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In IL
33 Construction Trades Degrees Awarded

Triton College is a moderately-sized public college located in the suburb of River Grove. A Best Schools rank of #800 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Triton College is a great college overall.

There were about 33 construction trades students who graduated with this degree at Triton College in the most recent data year.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In RI
38 Construction Trades Degrees Awarded

New England Tech is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of East Greenwich. A Best Schools rank of #274 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means New England Tech is a great school overall.

There were about 38 construction trades students who graduated with this degree at New England Tech in the most recent data year.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In SD
79 Construction Trades Degrees Awarded

Located in the rural area of Mitchell, Mitchell Tech is a public college with a small student population. A Best Schools rank of #659 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Mitchell Tech is a great college overall.

There were approximately 79 construction trades students who graduated with this degree at Mitchell Tech in the most recent data year.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MO
93 Construction Trades Degrees Awarded

Located in the rural area of Linn, STC is a public college with a small student population. A Best Schools rank of #508 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means STC is a great college overall.

There were approximately 93 construction trades students who graduated with this degree at STC in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a degree in construction trades from State Technical College of Missouri

Located in the rural area of Sheldon, Northwest Iowa Community College is a public college with a small student population. This college ranks 19th out of 45 colleges for overall quality in the state of Iowa.

There were approximately 19 construction trades students who graduated with this degree at Northwest Iowa Community College in the most recent year we have data available. Those construction trades students who get their degree from Northwest Iowa Community College make $29,852 more than the standard construction trades student.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In NJ

Located in the rural area of Branchburg, RVCC is a public college with a moderately-sized student population. A Best Schools rank of #700 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means RVCC is a great college overall.

There were roughly 13 construction trades students who graduated with this degree at RVCC in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in construction trades from Raritan Valley Community College

#13

Dunwoody College of Technology

Minneapolis, MN
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
87 Construction Trades Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Minneapolis, Dunwoody College of Technology is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. A Best Schools rank of #260 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Dunwoody College of Technology is a great college overall.

There were roughly 87 construction trades students who graduated with this degree at Dunwoody College of Technology in the most recent data year. Those construction trades students who get their degree from Dunwoody College of Technology receive $8,752 more than the average construction trades student.

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Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
87 Construction Trades Degrees Awarded

HVCC is a medium-sized public college located in the city of Troy. This college ranks 92nd out of 160 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were roughly 87 construction trades students who graduated with this degree at HVCC in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the construction trades major at Hudson Valley Community College earn $13,552 above the average graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

More information about a degree in construction trades from Hudson Valley Community College

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In SD

LATI is a small public school located in the town of Watertown. A Best Schools rank of #206 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means LATI is a great school overall.

There were approximately 23 construction trades students who graduated with this degree at LATI in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a degree in construction trades from Lake Area Technical Institute

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
13th Most Popular In PA

Located in the small city of Reading, RACC is a public college with a small student population. This college ranks 112th out of 134 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There were roughly 22 construction trades students who graduated with this degree at RACC in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in construction trades from Reading Area Community College

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Construction Trades students that almost earned our Best Construction Trades Schools award.

Rank College Location
17 Alfred State College Alfred, NY
18 The University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio, TX
19 Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology Lancaster, PA
20 Hennepin Technical College Brooklyn Park, MN
21 Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology Boston, MA
22 Utah Valley University Orem, UT
23 Northern Michigan University Marquette, MI
24 Bismarck State College Bismarck, ND
25 Dakota County Technical College Rosemount, MN

Construction Trades by Region

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New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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Construction Trades Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Electrical & Power Transmission Installers 3,178
Building Management & Inspection 1,586
Construction 556
Carpentry 533
Plumbing & Water Supply 230
Masonry 50
Other Construction 32

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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