Building Trades & Electrical

student and teacher measure board

student and teacher measure board

Building Trades & Electrical

Building Trades

Building Trades prepares students to erect, install, maintain, and repair buildings, and other structures using materials such as metal, wood, stone, brick, glass, concrete and composition substances. Students focus on developing skills in core safety and the masonry, carpentry, electricity, and plumbing professions.


Electrical provides students with the skills to install, operate, maintain, and repair residential, commercial, and industrial electrical systems. Students study electrical theory and mathematical problems related to electricity, navigate the National Electrical Code Book, select and install conductors, examine lighting, communication, and power systems, and work with conduit and raceways, panel boards, switchboards, and generators.

Courses, Credit and Certifications

High School Credit

Students receive up to 3 high school elective credits each year for successful completion of the program. Passage of the certification exam will award the student 2 student-verified elective credits, one of which can be substituted for a verified credit in either science or history.


NCCER Core – National Center for Construction Education and Research

OSHA10 – Occupational Safety and Health Administrations (10 hour)

Dual Enrollment Credit

The Electrical program is dual enrolled with Piedmont Virginia Community College. Students successfully completing this one year program will receive 9 college credits.

Class State Code Duration Grades Dual Enrollment Credential(s) AM or PM
Electrical I & II 8533, 8534 1 year 11-12 PVCC- 9 Credits NCCER, OSHA10 PM Only

Students successfully completing the program receive credit for the following PVCC courses.

College Course Codes College Course Name Credit Per Course College
ETR113 DC & AC Fundamentals I 4 PVCC
ETR114 DC & AC Fundamentals II 4 PVCC
SAF130 Industrial Safety OSHA-10 1 PVCC

Education Pathways

Germanna Community College

  • Technical Studies Industrial Maintenence, A.I.T.

Piedmont Virginia Community College

  • Manufacturing Technology (Career Studies Certificate)

James Madison University

  • Industrial Design, B.S.

Old Dominion University 

  • General Engineering, B.S.

University of Virginia

  • Architectural Design, B.S.
  • Multi-Disciplinary Architectural Studies, B.S.
  • Urban & Environmental Planning, B.A.E.P.

Virginia Tech

  • Landscape Architecture, Bachelor
  • Construction Science, Bachelor
  • Building Construction B.S.
  • Industrial Design, B.S.
  • Landscape Architecture, L.A.R.
  • Industrial & Systems Engineering, I.S.E.
  • Materials Science & Engineering, M.S.E.

Career Pathways

  • Career Opportunity: Construction Worker
    Work on framing, carpentry, electrical, and plumbing jobs.
  • National Wage Average: $31,090.00
  • Virginia Wage Average: $28,000.00
  • Projected Job Growth in Virginia: +21.2%
  • Career Opportunity: Carpenter
    Construct & repair building frameworks structures; such as, stairways, door frames; partitions; rafters; & bridge supports made from wood & other materials.  They also install kitchen cabinets, siding, & drywall.
  • National Wage Average: $42,090.00
  • Virginia Wage Average: $40,680.00
  • Projected Job Growth in Virginia: TBD
  • Career Opportunity: Architectural Designer & Drafter
    Prepare detailed drawings of architectural & structural features of buildings & topographical relief maps used in civil engineering projects such as highway, bridges, & public works.  They use knowledge of building materials, engineering practice & mathematics to complete drawings.
  • National Wage Average: $53,470.00
  • Virginia Wage Average: $50,950.00
  • Projected Job Growth in Virginia: TBD

Instructor: Sid Trimmer

Mr. Trimmer teaches Building Trades. Previously, he taught Electricity and Building Trades for four years in Stafford County and twenty-six years at Greene County Technical Center in Standardsville, Virginia.