Students will be involved in various projects which include house construction, cabinetry, roofing, masonry, plumbing, electrical work, & material and cost estimation. 
     Students will be trained in the classroom, shop, and field in the carpentry trade and related areas of building construction such as siding, insulation, painting, drywall, prefabrication, and heavy equipment operation. This course is open to juniors and seniors. 

Instructor Joseph Gutshall


     Mr. Gutshall combines a lifetime of experiences in education and the construction trades industry. He emphasizes that his students acquire soft skills along with a base knowledge of plumbing and pipefitting skills to become employable workers. This gives them a foundation for a career in the highly sought after trades of plumbing and pipefitting.

     After graduation from college, Mr. Gutshall shifted to working in the construction industry when he was unable to secure a teaching position. He moved to Richmond, Virginia where he worked his way up t0 Project Manager for Parker Lancaster Corporation. He then made the move to Kinston, North Carolina with Richmond Homes and Land Development Corporation, also as a project manager. He then decided that he wanted to come back to West Virginia with his wife Stella and two young boys. It was his desire to raise his boys in the state he felt was his home. Mr. Gutshall started his small residential and light commercial construction company at that time. He worked this small construction business for eighteen years before deciding to return to teaching.

     In the fall of 2012, Mr. Gutshall acquired a job at Collins Middle School teaching Physical Education and Health. When the opportunity presented itself to teach Plumbing and Pipefitting at the Fayette Institute of Technology, he made another career move. Years of his life experiences in the trades and his educational background make Mr. Gutshall a great fit at FIT.

Education & Experience:

  • B.S. in Physical Education, Liberty University 
  • M.S. in Health Education, West Virginia University
  • WV Residential Contractor’s License
  • WV General Contractor’s License
  • WV Masters Plumber’s License  


Fundamentals of Building Construction

Building Construction Applications

Foundation & Framing

Blueprint Reading for Construction

Masonry & Plumbing

Exterior Finish Carpentry

Finish Carpentry

Concrete Finishing

Hands-On Learning

Program Certifications

EDGE Approved Curriculum

NCCER—National Center for Construction Education & Research

OSHA 10-Hour General Industry Certification