Building Construction

Brad Keisler

Robbie Sharpe

Courses

Introduction to Construction (LTC)
Grades 9–11 (1 unit)

This course begins the study of such topics as hand tools, power tools, safety in the workplace and blueprint reading. Students complete hands-on tasks as they work with hand tools and construct a working electrical board. Students with an interest in this class might pursue such jobs as a tradesman, journeyman, construction worker, foreman or general foreman, job superintendent, buyer, manager, contractor, to name just a few. The course also lays a good foundation for the engineering groups.

 

Building Construction 1
Grades 10–12 (2 units)

This course is part of the instructional program that prepares students to perform entry-level building construction tasks under the direction of a supervisor or an experienced craftsman. Primary instruction is given in basic carpentry, masonry, residential electricity and plumbing and safety practices.

Building Construction 2
Grades 12, 11 (2 units)
Prerequisite: Building Construction 1

This course provides in-depth instruction on floor systems, wall framing, roofing and brick masonry. Students learn to read and interpret blueprints, sketches and building plans. Students may be eligible to participate in cooperative work experiences or apprenticeships, which combine career and technology training with supervised work experience in business and industry.

Carpentry 2
Grades 12, 11 (2 units)
Prerequisite: Carpentry 1

This course teaches students to: read and interpret blueprints, sketches and building plans; frame carpentry; trim carpentry; cabinet making; roofing; painting; and drywall hanging. Practical work on residential structures is emphasized. Students build a 1,300-square-foot house. Students may be eligible to participate in cooperative work experiences or apprenticeships, which combine career and technology training with supervised work experience in business and industry. Students participating in this program have the opportunity to enroll in the Association of General Contractors Apprenticeship Program, a nationally recognized certification program.

Cabinetmaking
Grade 12, 11 (2 units)
Prerequisite: Building Construction 2 or Carpentry 2

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of cabinetmaking. Students learn how to apply veneers and plastic laminate on countertops and tabletops. Students use detailed shop plans to complete a layout and design of cabinets, cut and shape components, and assemble components to industry standards. Students apply various finishes to surfaces including lacquers, stains, polyurethane and other finishes. A practical application of this class is the installation of finished cabinets in the student house project completed by the carpentry program.

Project Management
Grade 12 (1 unit)
Prerequisite: Building Construction 2 or Carpentry 2

The curriculum of this course is designed to introduce students to the process of initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, and closing projects. Assigned projects align with the standards of the prerequisite Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses that build up to this capstone course. Students become familiar with the nine essential areas of Project Management through hands-on, accountable, project-based learning. Students are responsible for managing a real world project under the supervision of their Career and Technical program instructor.

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