The Construction Trades program starts as an exploratory class in the building trades areas of site planning, rough carpentry ( framing floors, walls, and roofs ), siding and roofing, and masonry skills ( laying brick and block ) related to new construction. The lessons reinforce the basics of interpreting plans, taking accurate measurements, using basic math, and using tools common to the trades safely and efficiently – all skills essential to becoming a competent construction worker. Second-year students acquire specialized wiring, plumbing, and interior finishing skills. Students will use various hand and power tools necessary to get the job done right.
Construction Trades is a project-based program. Students plan, estimate costs, build, and follow up on all phases of each project. Some classes build sheds, others a deck and even a whole house will be constructed at the school and later moved to a permanent location.
Students must be safety- and detail-oriented and be motivated to be professional crafts person. Taking personal pride in one’s work is essential for all construction technicians.
Construction Trades programs are available at Hartland and Howell High Schools, and different schools have specific areas of concentration.