Title of Class Offered: Intro to Construction Part 1: First-year students

Course Duration: Year-Long Course

Prerequisites: None

Class Description: This year-long course explores the expanding array of careers within the construction industry. Scholars will be exposed to the construction industry through job site tours, hands-on experience, and classroom activities. Math and science application will be established through the academic integration of job-site technical skills and classroom theory.  The curriculum used to teach the fundamental skills of the construction trades, are provided through the use of the Home Builder’s Institute’s (HBI) Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training (PACT) model.

The course provides scholars with the opportunity to learn in a classroom setting as well as gain hands-on application skills associated with the construction trades while actually working on a construction project.

Scholars will learn the “Core Curriculum” in accordance with HBI standards, including:

  • Safety orientation
  • Trade Tools and Materials
  • Introduction to construction
  • Your role in the green environment
  • Using Applied Construction Math
  • Scholars will also learn basic carpentry, plumbing, electrical, and framing skills.

The preponderance of instruction is provided in a classroom setting. Scholars will participate in the construction of small projects in an effort to teach them basic construction techniques. Periodically, scholars will participate at varying stages to help build a home from the ground up; by doing so, scholars get first-hand experience in seeing how their classroom instructions and the varying trades come together to create a finished product.

Skills acquired: Basic Framing, Basic Safety, Tool Use, Material Identification, Employability Skills.

 

Title of Class Offered: Intro to Construction Part 2:  Second-year students

Course Duration: Year Long Course

Prerequisites: Construction 1

Class Description: This year-long course explores additional careers within the construction industry. Students will be exposed to the construction industry through job site tours, hands-on experience, and classroom activities. Math and science application will be established through the academic integration of job site technical skills and classroom theory.

The course will afford students with the opportunity to focus on obtaining advanced skills in Carpentry such as:

  • Framing
  • Roof shingles
  • Exterior doors and windows
  • Siding
  • Insulation
  • Wall board
  • Interior doors
  • Trim
  • Concrete forms
  • Minor repairs, determine material for the job, and store construction materials correctly)

Students will also obtain skills that are required to perform the duties of an entry-level electrical helper in the Electrical industry

  • Electrical safety
  • Electrical tools
  • Trade Concepts
  • Circuits
  • Switches
  • Outlets
  • Wiring methods
  • Breaker boxes
  • Intro to Ohms law

To gain practical hands-on experience, students will participate in the building of a house from the ground up. When not in the field, students participate in classroom training in the areas of environmental impact studies, safety, and reinforcement of applied mathematics.

Skills acquired: Roofing, Walls and Basic Romex Wiring, Box Placement, Switches and Outlets

Projects in process:

  • Second-year students work at Habitat for Humanity site on homes being provided to the community
  • Floor systems, doors and windows
  • Stud walls
  • Sheetrock, taping and finishing
  • Stucco and faux stone
  • Concrete
  • Plumbing, sinks and toilets
  • Residential wiring
  • Electrical unit in process

Completed Projects:

  • Earth Day Landscaping project 2016
  • Wind Storm 2017 Habitat for Habitat Community Cleanup
  • Small playhouse
  • Replaced lighting in gym with LED high efficiency lighting
  • Consulted with other HSD2 schools for small projects