Construction Cluster

Building Trades Maintenance

Building Trades Maintenance involves many trades and skills necessary to maintain factories, offices, schools, apartment buildings, hospitals, and homes. Trades involved include: masonry, carpentry, roofing, glazing and caulking, plumbing and pipe fitting, heating and air conditioning, and electricity. Also included are custodial practices for painting and care of floors.

What Qualities Should I Have?
You should be able to work for extended periods for time due to the nature of repair work. You should also be the type of person who strives to learn about the many trades you will be required to know for maintenance.

Instructor: Eric Turofski (ext. 3448)

Carpentry and Construction

Carpentry and Construction involves a variety of jobs: building the frame work for homes, erecting walls and roofs, installing doors, windows, flooring cabinetry, wood paneling, molding and ceiling tiles. Construction jobs done by carpenters include: remodeling, maintenance-repair work, prefabricated buildings, new buildings, and building forms to hold concrete at industrial and commercial building sites. The duties of carpenters vary by the type of construction, type of company, skill of carpenter, and size of community.

What Qualities Should I Have?
You should be able to visualize and appreciate good design. As in other building trades, the work is active and sometimes strenuous. You are required to stand for prolonged periods and should be able to climb and squat. Good muscular dexterity is required. Certain jobs will require you to work in fair or foul weather. You should also have a good working knowledge of mathematics.

Instructor: Rick Miles (ext. 3439)

Electrical Occupations

Electricity encompasses a wide variety of electrical skills and many theoretical concepts. One important part of the electricity curriculum is residential wiring. You will be taught how an actual home is wired from start to finish. In conjunction with learning these valuable wiring techniques, the National Electrical Code is also taught. Electricity deals with commercial and industrial electrical systems as well. As a student, you will learn such skills as blueprint reading, concepts of motors and generators, transformer work, and working with motor control circuits. The electricity laboratory boasts a high tech array of solid state motor control training systems. The student aspiring to be an electrical technician or engineer can gain up-to-date experience in dealing with such systems as programmable logic controllers, DC motor variable speed drives, and variable frequency AC motor drives, servomechanisms and synchros.

What Qualities Should I Have?
You will often be required to climb ladders or work on scaffolds in awkward or cramped positions. During a single day, you may repair equipment both in a clean air-conditioned office and on a dirty factory floor. It is essential to be alert and accurate at all times. You should enjoy working indoors most of the time. You should also recognize the critical importance of shop safety, patience and perseverance in trouble shooting and diagnosing electrical and electronic circuits.

Instructor: Mike Cagigas (ext. 3442)

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Repair

HVAC/R field installs, services and maintains heating, venting, air conditioning and refrigeration systems. HVAC/R field learns safety, tools, pipe practices, cooling, heating, air distribution, electrical trouble shooting, hydronic heating, leak detection, recovery, charging, gas heating, oil heating, heat pumps, and geo thermal heat pumps homes and other buildings. They also install and repair. HVAC/R persons use blue prints or shop drawings to install pipes, heating ducts and radiation piping in homes and businesses. Technicians and mechanics in this field design, manufacture, sell, install and service heating and air conditioning equipment.

The Heating, Venting, Air Conditioning and refrigeration program is designed to prepare the students to be successful in the field and to go on to college. The program is based on theory and practical hands on learning. Work ethic, communication skills and safety related to the field are also stressed. Students in 10th, 11th and 12th grade will spend approximately 1200 hours learning this field and demonstrating his or her skills.

What Qualities Should I Have?
As a student, you should be mechanically inclined and be able to deal with high school level mathematics. You should be able to do a lot of heavy lifting and stand for long periods. Sometimes you will be required to work in cramped and dirty places. You should enjoy working with your hands and above all display a high degree of interest in this field.

Instructor: Michael Beaver (ext. 3445)