Why choose NPC?
The NPC construction technology program has been completely revised and updated to fulfill requirements of NCCER, the national agency for standardized construction training and credentialing.
If you are thinking about a building trades career, consider these benefits of the NPC Construction Technology program:
- Highly qualified and experienced construction professionals provide instruction in small, personalized classroom and workshop settings.
- Hands-on classes take place in the Painted Desert Campus (Holbrook) NPC Skills Center. This up-to-date facility is an ideal setting for learning construction skills basics.
- NPC tuition and fees are the lowest in the entire state. And you may even qualify for federal grants to help defray your education related expenses!
- OSHA-10 construction certification to prepare you for entry into the workplace is standard in the program.
Why Study Construction Technology
The economic downturn that has slowed the construction industry in Arizona the past few years is easing. Prospects for the building trades are greatly improved and increasing every day! Now is the opportune time to learn construction technology skills that will serve you for a lifetime. You'll find a degree program that emphasizes building fundamentals for any number of career fields including: masonry and concrete systems, framing, roofing, thermal and moisture protection, electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems. Effective communication and job success strategies are emphasized throughout the program.
Those considering an associate's degree in construction technology will find a wide selection of elective courses to help you explore related areas of interest such as:
- Welding processes
- Business courses for those planning to own or manage construction related enterprises.
Degree and certificate options
The Construction Technology program offers three levels of NPC educational credentials:
- The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree - 64 credit hours that may include internship and service learning electives
- Certificate of Applied Science (CAS) -
31 credit hours
- Certificate of Proficiency (CP) - 25 credits
- The program also offers a Certificate of Proficiency (CP) in Drafting* - 21 credits (*Currently available through dual enrollment programs only at participating area
For specific courses needed to complete these degrees/ certificates speak with an NPC academic adviser or see the current NPC catalog.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, entry-level construction positions in North Arizona nonmetropolitan area average nearly $30,640 per year (May 2015). With experience in specialized areas of construction, salaries rise along with increases in skill and expertise. Some typical annual salaries for skilled construction workers in Arizona as listed by the BLS:
- Highway maintenance worker: $35,440
- Cement masons/concrete finishers: $41,870
- Carpenters: $39,100
- Electricians: $58,360
- Drywall installers/finishers: $36,730
- First-Line Construction Supervisor: $57,550
The U.S. Department of Education requires all colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." Gainful employment disclosure information can be found for specific programs regarding tuition and fees and median loan debt, completion and job placement rates, and jobs related to the program on the web page for each program area.
We hope this information is helpful to our current and prospective students as you make your career and educational choices. For more information on Gainful Employment requirements, please read this letter from the U.S. Department of Education (7-page PDF).