4 Credits per semester
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Building Trades Technology includes classroom and laboratory experiences concerned with the erection, installation, maintenance, and repair of buildings, homes, and other structures using assorted materials such as metal, wood, stone, brick, glass, concrete, or composition substances.
Instruction covers a variety of activities such as cost estimating; cutting, fitting, fastening, and finishing various materials; the uses of a variety of hand and power tools; and, blueprint reading and following technical specifications. Knowledge concerning the physical properties of materials should also be emphasized. Instruction in plastering, masonry, tile setting, dry wall installation, plumbing, residential wiring and roofing should be covered in the course of study. Additional areas of instruction can include operation and maintenance of heavy equipment used in the construction industry and processes used for digging, grading, clearing, and excavating. Students will develop accurate and precise measuring skills and an advanced understanding of volume and area calculations as well as the advanced mathematical skills required for construction of rafters, stair stringers, and complex angles. Estimation skills will be strengthened through activities such as ordering of materials and planning construction jobs. Scientific principles will be reinforced through weight load exercises, span length determinations, and the study of relative strength. Reading skills as well as oral and written communication skills will also be emphasized to ensure students abilities to accurately interpret instructions and provide information to customers and colleagues.
Students will build a house and learn skills such as Blue Print Reading, Surveying, Masonry, Framing , Roofing, Drywall Hanging and finishing, Painting, Trim Work, Cabinetry.
Students will complete a 10 hour OSHA safety training.
Career and Technical Student Organization:
(Skills USA) Students participate in community service projects and various skill competitions through Skills USA. Through these activities, students develop leadership and organizational skills, team building, interpersonal communications, and enhanced technical skills.