building trades

Building Construction (BC)

This was during the erection of the MCSoT library. Since it’s a technical/vocational institution and we offer a course in building and construction, it wouldn’t have been prudent to hire a mason from the outside environment to build our library. The man in the shot is Mr. Ebenezer Mensah, the Building and Construction teacher. This activity in the picture was when he was laying blocks after the lintel level of the library. The line/rope seen around the blocks is to check the alignment of the blocks.




This is a rocket stove laid down in pattern by the building and construction department. As it is clearly seen from the shot, the stove is made of clay and the right people to install are the department in question. The bricks were laid in bonding form to prevent the stove from settlement (cracking). The shot at the upper right corner is when the steel moulded spherically is fixed inside the bonded bricks. The use of the steel is to contain the strips of bamboo  firewood as the fuel for cooking. The rounded steel on the stove is to hold firm any form of cooking utensil to make it easier during stirring. This rocket stove cooks meals faster than any other stove on the market, especially stoves bought for commercial purposes and uses less fuel (firewood or charcoal). This idea of the use of the rocket stove was suggested by group of volunteers, from North Dakota University USA.

This, the department can do for households, restaurants or diners, food vendors and schools (boarding). We offer quality services for which anyone we serve will ask for more.




Most of the construction skills students learn are from real-life solving of problems at and around the school. For instance, we had a bridge collapse due to flooding so the community, students, and teachers worked together to design and build a stable bridge. This bridge is the only access to and from the campus so it is very important and has to stand up to all weather. Using all types of construction materials, a tunnel was made for the water to flow through under the bridge safely.

We also created and built a pour flush toilet system for the campus. Students constructed the entire system and building. The system provides clean and sanitary bathroom facilities for students and faculty.

Finish Carpentry

Just as with construction, students learn most of their finish carpentry skills through practical, real-life projects. The students of MCSOT built all of the desks and benches we use on campus. They are also responsible for helping to make any orders we get to make furniture, doors, or buildings for clients. By making furniture that will be used and is being paid for, they learn to do make strong, beautiful pieces.

Cabinet & Furniture Making

Students learn to design and build fine furniture and cabinetry. With practical skills like this, students can go on to take orders for furniture and sell the things they have made.


Students use diagrams to wire outlets, switches, and lights.