Gwinn Construction / Bldg Trades

Class location

Gwinn High School
50 M-35
Gwinn, MI 49841

Instructors: Mike Nicosia

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Career Focus

Prepared for immediate employment, apprenticeship opportunities, advanced certifications, and further education


This class provides a unique opportunity for students to learn carpentry and construction skills by participating in the construction of a variety of projects, including large commercial buildings. Students are prepared for entry-level employment skills in the construction field and for participation in post-secondary construction- related programs such as construction management, construction engineering, and architecture.

Students participate in estimating, layout, foundation and cement work, rough-in carpentry, roofing, wiring, interior wall finishing, exterior finishing and siding, finish carpentry including trim, etc. Students are involved in all phases of residential construction. They are also exposed to blueprint reading as well as math and science concepts as they relate to the construction field. In addition to participating in post high school programs, many graduates of this program work for area contractors or establish themselves as a licensed contractor.

This class is typically available to students in grades 10-12.


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“I like being able to look at things and say, hey, I created that. If you’re thinking about taking this class, definitely do it!”

Aubrey C., Gwinn HS
Building Trades Student

“I’d love to see women follow in my footsteps and choose this career pathway. It’s fun!”

Katie J., Gwinn HS
Building Trades and MATMC (Middle College) Student

“I’m not building any of these projects, it’s all student made.”

Michael Nicosia, Gwinn HS
Building Trades Instructor

How to Get Started

High School Credit

Students should inquire within their guidance office about high school curriculum requirements that may be satisfied through a CTE class, as this is determined individually by school district.

College Credit

  • Students can earn up to 4 college credits from NMU
  • Students must earn a grade of 90% or better and be recommended by the instructor
  • Each college reserves the right to set its own credit-granting policy
  • Contact your college(s) to find out the score it requires to grant credit, the number of credit hours granted, and the course(s) that can be bypassed with a satisfactory score

NMU courses satisfied:

CN 110 - Construction Processes - 2 NMU credits granted

CN 156 - Construction Systems & Methods - 2 NMU credits granted

Industry Certification

Industry-recognized Certification

  • 10-hour OSHA Construction Industry Safety*

*Credentials are nationally recognized, portable and stackable, which means students have the option of attaining more advanced credentials in the future

Success Story

Photo Gallery

Students putting down flooring
Teacher showing students flooring technique
Student cutting plywood
Student cutting lumber

What to do next?

Instructors: Mike Nicosia

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