Introduction to Construction

  • Grades: 10, 11, 12 
    Introduction to Construction is a course that will offer hands‐on activities and real world experiences related to the skills essential in residential, commercial and civil building construction. During the course students will be introduced to the history and traditions of construction trades. The student will also learn and apply knowledge of the care and safe use of hand and power tools as related to each trade. In addition, students are introduced to blueprint reading, applied math, basic tools and equipment, and safety. Students will demonstrate building construction techniques, including concrete and masonry, framing, electrical, plumbing, dry walling, HVAC, and painting as developed locally in accordance with available space and technologies. Students learn how architectural ideas are converted into projects and how projects are managed during a construction project in this course. Students study construction technology topics such as preparing a site, doing earthwork, setting footings and foundations, building the superstructure, enclosing the structure, installing systems, finishing the structure, and completing the site. Students also investigate topics related to the purchasing and maintenance of structures, special purpose facilities, green construction and construction careers.

    This is a hands‐on activity and project based course. Students will complete activities first semester to gain knowledge in equipment safety, tool usage, measurement, problem solving, mechanical drawing and construction procedures. Students will also build knee walls that include subs structure, framing, electrical components and plumbing. Second semester will consist of a group project. Students will build a small structure such as a shed. The project will be based as a community/school service project.
    Prerequisites: None
    • Credits: 1 credit per semester, 2 semester maximum, maximum of 2 credits
    • Counts as a Directed Elective or Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas