• Construction Trades (gr. 11-12)

    Course Overview:

    In the Construction Trades program, students learn basic aspects of carpentry, masonry, plumbing, electrical wiring, site planning, drywall, roofing, and interior/exterior finishing. Students also study code requirements, blueprint reading, the framing square, and the use of the transit. Most of the work in this class is completed on the job site, away from school. This on-site instruction gives students an opportunity to apply the skills learned in the classroom.

    Course Objectives:

    Upon successful completion of the Construction Trades course, a student will be able to:

    Explain and apply construction safety rules
    Plan material requirements and estimate material for the job
    Follow proper procedures to complete building code approvals
    Plan project cost estimates
    Lay out square building lines to begin excavation
    Have a general understanding of residential house framing practices
    Apply asphalt shingles to a roof
    Install vinyl siding, along with soffit and fascia
    Have a general understanding of how to wire a house
    Install plumbing supply lines and drains
    Hang and finish drywall
    Hang interior doors and apply casing and baseboard
    Install kitchen cabinets
    Lay masonry block that will be straight, level, and plumb

    Internship Opportunities:

    An important component of the program for second-year students is a 6-week internship with a local construction-related business. Students will gain real work experience by working on actual job sites during the internship.

    Special Opportunities:

    Students in the Construction Trades program have the opportunity to compete in a competition sponsored by SkillsUSA.

    Student Profile:

    A successful student in Construction Trades should enjoy working with his/her hands, like to be outdoors, and enjoy working with tools. Students must supply basic construction tools and attire.

    Suggested Prerequisites:


    Algebra
    Geometry
    Computer applications
    Industrial Technology Education courses

    Building Trades includes:

    Block laying, Carpentry, Electrical, Plumbing, Dry-walling, Roofing, Plastering

    Program Availability:

    2 or 4 semesters, 2 blocks per day; Open to juniors and seniors

    Completion of the Construction Trades course prepares students for:


    Apprenticeship program
    College program
    Entry-level employment