October 12, 2023

Find Your Fit: Arizona’s Best Skilled Trades Training Programs

As we dive into the heart of October, it’s time to celebrate Careers in Construction Month, a nationwide initiative showcasing the incredible opportunities within the construction industry. For those considering a career in construction, right now is a great time to explore the diverse pathways and training programs available to build a successful future.  

And because Careers in Construction Day is Oct. 20, we’ll spotlight some of Arizona’s best skilled trades training programs, each offered by some of the industry’s leading companies. Let’s get to it! 

CONCRETE: Hensel Phelps 

When it comes to mastering the art of concrete construction, Hensel Phelps stands out as a pioneer in the field. Their training program includes more than 400 possible courses covering an array of essential topics and blends instructor-led training online courses with one-on-one sessions. From concrete technology and safety protocols to project management and sustainable construction practices, these comprehensive courses truly prepare participants for the dynamic world of concrete construction. And with a strong emphasis on hands-on training, apprentices gain crucial experience. 


McCarthy, a renowned construction company, takes a dedicated approach to training the next generation of craft professionals. Their BuildU™ learning and development program offers a structured curriculum covering all aspects of craft trades. Apprentices learn from experienced mentors, gaining expertise in carpentry, masonry, welding, and more. McCarthy’s commitment to excellence ensures that participants not only acquire technical skills but also develop key leadership qualities. 


For those interested in an electrician career, DP Electric’s DP University program is a prime choice. Through hands-on training and a well-rounded curriculum focusing on safety, code compliance, and advanced technologies, DP University equips apprentices with the trade’s necessary knowledge and skills, and ensures they’re well-versed in the latest industry standards. (Better yet: Tuition is free for DP Electric employees.) 


Sundt Construction recognizes the significance of industrial technology in today’s construction landscape. That’s why they’ve partnered with Central Arizona College (CAC) to offer a comprehensive program. This program provides certifications and degrees in a range of technology-based skilled trades, including welding, machining, and industrial maintenance. And it preps participants in fields like diesel technology, welding, electrical, heavy equipment, and automated industrial technology. Apprentices benefit from CAC’s state-of-the-art facilities and experienced instructors. 

PLUMBING: Brewer Plumbing 

Brewer Plumbing’s Brewer University and the Brewer Craftsman Academy is intensive, hands-on, and slightly different from other training programs. In this program, the company selects individuals to become cadets within the Craftsman Academy, to train you for a career as an Underground or Topout Specialist installing water distribution systems and drain waste & ventilation (DWV) installations. Once cadets have completed the course, they’re given the opportunity to accept a full-time career with Brewer. 

TENDER TRAINING: Arizona Masonry Council 

Arizona Masonry Council’s Tender Training Program certifies participants in scaffold erection & dismantling, heavy equipment awareness, rigging, OSHA 10, First/CPR, stocking, mixing, shop drawing interpretation, and much more. Blending both classroom instruction and hands-on training, the program runs 17 consecutive Saturdays a year. And good news: They’re accepting applications through Nov. 22, 2023. 

Community College Programs 

Arizona also has a strong network of local community colleges offering skilled trades programs. Check out the following programs to see if theirs is right for you: 

Building a Bright Future 

Whether you’re interested in concrete, electrical work, industrial technology, or any other focus in the skilled trades, there’s no shortage of local training programs that can help you take that next step. 

As we celebrate Careers in Construction Day this Oct. 20, we’re also excited for Arizona Construction Career Days (ACCD), scheduled for Nov. 1 and 2. ACCD is a remarkable event aimed at introducing young individuals to the world of construction. Attendees will enjoy hands-on experiences, interactive exhibits, and opportunities to engage with industry professionals. It’s a fantastic chance for students, educators, and anyone interested in a construction career to explore the diverse pathways within the industry, learn about various trades, and connect with potential employers. See you there! 

The Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation’s Construction Workforce Initiative, Build Your Future Arizona’s mission is to create a sustainable and skilled craft workforce by creating awareness about high-paying construction careers, training opportunities and mapping career paths to employment in these high-demand occupations.