Career Profiles

A career in construction is challenging, exciting, and rewarding all at the same time.

These Career Profiles are just a snapshot of what Keystone Center offers, and what a career in each field looks like. Here you’ll find valuable information about booming construction careers in PA as well as what skills it takes to be successful.

Our trade school allows you to develop valuable skills in your chosen construction field while learning from the best in the industry every step of the way. We go further by matching you with the right apprenticeship programs in PA for continued success. Our programs offer the skills you need to be successful in the job market – from hands-on instruction to HVAC and electrical apprenticeship programs to name a few.

Learn more about a career in construction below:

Salary: Around $48,000 / Year

CARPENTER

CARPENTRY

A career in carpentry is perfect for the individual who loves working with both his or her mind and hands. Carpenters install and help to fix structures, including office buildings, bridges, industrial facilities, and more. Carpentry requires training in blueprint reading, math, building code requirements, and safety.

SKILLS REQUIRED: Dexterity, physical fitness, sense of balance, math skills

Salary: Around $53,000 / Year

ELECTRICIAN

ELECTRICAL-LINE

Electricians design lighting systems, install sound systems, repair wiring, and more. Many work with complex systems, requiring mental acuity and attention to detail. Training to become an electrician requires learning how to connect wires, use specialized equipment like voltmeters and oscilloscopes, and education in scientific and math skills and safety.

SKILLS REQUIRED: Hand-eye coordination, physical fitness, good eyesight (including color vision)

Salary: Around $45,000 / Year

HVAC TECHNICIAN

HVAC

There are many things HVAC technicians might do, from installing heating and air systems, retrofitting duct work, working with refrigeration, or installing efficient energy systems like photovoltaics and geothermal technology. In order to be a successful HVAC technician, in addition to being handy, one also needs to have good personal relations skills, as talking with home and business owners is likely.

SKILLS REQUIRED: Math skills, dexterity, hand-eye coordination, personable attitude

Salary: Around $51,000 / Year

PLUMBER

PLUMBING

Plumbers have a wide variety of responsibilities. They assemble pipes, fittings, and valves, locate and detect leaks in plumbing systems, and install appliances like water heaters, dishwashers, and oxygen and medical gas in hospitals. Successful plumbers are active listeners, have mathematics skills, and know how to troubleshoot and repair often-complex systems.

SKILLS REQUIRED: Attention to detail, dexterity, math skills, and organizational skills.

Salary: Around $46,000 / Year

SHEET METAL WORKER

SHEET-METAL

For those interested in problem-solving, puzzles, working with their hands, and maybe even a little technical expertise, sheet metal working may be a great fit. These craftpeople cut and form sheets of metal into various types of products, including ductwork. Some sheet metal shops are now automated with computers, so a bit of tech knowledge is helpful to those considering this skilled trade.

SKILLS REQUIRED: Mechanical aptitude, mathematics skills, dexterity, hand-eye coordination

Salary: Around $56,000 / Year

WELDER

welding-LINE

Welding is an exciting career choice that combines scientific principles with manual skill. This career supports the building and maintenance of bridges, power plants, and much more. A knowledge of different types of metal and their physical properties is required for welders, as well as the ability to read and understand drawings and blueprints.

SKILLS REQUIRED: Hand-eye coordination, some science knowledge, dexterity