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2021 Best Construction Trades Trade Schools

78 Colleges
$32,448 Avg Salary
$11,769 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Construction Trades School for You

With 36,003 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019, construction trades is the #6 most popular major in the United States.

With all the trade school programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best for you. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Trade College Search has developed this Best Construction Trades Trade Schools ranking. This report analyzed 78 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best programs for trade school students.

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2021 Best Construction Trades Schools in the United States

Check out the construction trades programs at these schools if you want to get the best education that money can buy.

Top 15% Best Construction Trades Schools

Our 2021 rankings named North Bennet Street School the best school in the United States for construction trades students. North Bennet Street School is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Boston.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Adult and Continuing Education-BCTS. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Construction Trades Trade Schools list. Bergen Career Institute is a small public school located in the large suburb of Hackensack.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Industrial Management Training Institute. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Construction Trades Trade Schools list. Industrial Management Training Institute is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the medium-sized suburb of Waterbury.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Texas State Technical College. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Construction Trades Trade Schools list. TSTC is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Waco.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Northwest Iowa Community College. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Construction Trades Trade Schools list. Northwest Iowa Community College is a small public school located in the rural area of Sheldon.

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#6

Ranken Technical College

Saint Louis, MO

Ranken Technical College came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Construction Trades Trade Schools ranking. Located in the city of Saint Louis, Ranken Technical College is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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Chippewa Valley Technical College came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Construction Trades Trade Schools ranking. CVTC is a medium-sized public school located in the city of Eau Claire.

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Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best construction trades programs. Located in the city of Lancaster, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology is a public college with a small student population.

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Rochester Community and Technical College landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best construction trades programs. Rochester Community and Technical College is a small public school located in the medium-sized city of Rochester.

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Utah Valley University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Construction Trades Trade Schools ranking. UVU is a fairly large public school located in the city of Orem.

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Bismarck State College

Bismarck, ND

Bismarck State College landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best construction trades programs. Located in the city of Bismarck, BSC is a public school with a small student population.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

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

Rank College Location
12 Southwest Wisconsin Technical College Fennimore, WI
13 Mitchell Technical Institute Mitchell, SD
14 Perry Technical Institute Yakima, WA
15 Moraine Park Technical College Fond du Lac, WI

Construction Trades by Region

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

Construction Trades Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Electrical & Power Transmission Installers 21,360
Building Management & Inspection 4,950
Carpentry 4,066
Plumbing & Water Supply 2,606
Construction 2,292
Masonry 462
Other Construction 267

Majors Similar to Construction Trades

Related Major Annual Graduates
Personal & Culinary Services 132,602
Mechanic & Repair Technologies 107,435
Precision Production 57,423
Transportation & Materials Moving 27,979

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • 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).

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