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 careers within the construction industry. Students will experience 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 Home Builder’s Institute’s (HBI) Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training (PACT) model.

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

Students 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
  • Students will also learn basic carpentry, plumbing, electrical, and framing skills.

The instruction is provided in a classroom setting. Students will participate in the construction of small projects to teach basic construction techniques. Periodically, students will participate at varying stages to help build a house. Through this experience, students are gaining first-hand experience by applying their classroom instructions and the various trades 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 experience the construction industry through jobsite tours, hands-on experience, and classroom activities. Math and science application will be established through the academic integration of jobsite technical skills and classroom theory.

The course will provide students opportunities for 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 gain skills required to perform the duties of an entry-level electrical assistant in the electrical industry such as:

  • 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. When not in the field, students will 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 a process

Completed Projects:

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