Welcome to Building Trades

This course is designed to give the student a foundation in the fundamental skills needed for careers in the residential construction industry. Industry related vocabulary, scale reading, applying construction calculations, measuring, tools and their uses and construction procedures are just some of the topics covered in the course. From basic hand tools to modern power equipment, students will learn to become proficient with all of their uses and potential. Students will learn in a well equipped, modern shop at the career prep center. They will complete a wide variety of projects that challenge the student in a real-world atmosphere. Projects include rough framing of structures and roofs, tile installation, application of siding, installation of fixtures, drywall, plumbing, and electrical. Students will also work with state-of-the-art, computerized heavy equipment simulators. The learning experience develops confidence and skills in a supportive and challenging environment.

Building Trades I

Building Trades I

This is the first class of a 2-year program. Working on an in-house mock up display, students will be taught some basic and advanced techniques in more than eight different trades. This includes, but is not limited to: carpentry, electrical, plumbing, drywall, flooring, painting, windows and doors, siding, ceramic tile and more. Trade related math is embedded in this course. Students gain the skills necessary to be successful in Building Trades II during their senior year.   Academic credits: 2 elective credits, Applied Math I - 1 credit, visual, performing, applied arts - 1 credit.

CPC Building Trades

Building Trades II

This program builds an 1,800 square foot ranch home and covers the ground breaking to the finished product. Skills covered range from carpentry, electrical, plumbing, tile, concrete, painting, blueprint reading and many more. Hands on learning in this class will be used for entry-level jobs in the construction industry or necessary lifetime skills.  Academic credits: 2 elective credits, Applied Math - 1 credit.

 Teacher Profile

My name is Dan Barterian and I’m the Building Trades teacher. I graduated in 1978 from the Detroit Carpenters Apprenticeship School and received a journeyman’s card as a carpenter. I also have a Bachelor of Science degree in Career and Technical Education with a minor in Political Science.

Before teaching I had worked in the construction industry for over 20 years with experience in residential and commercial buildings.  Throughout those years I became a licensed builder and an entrepreneur running two successful businesses.  I have been teaching at the Career Prep Center for 21 years and have taught Building Trades 1 & 2.  In that time our class has completed building 7 houses from the ground up and several other projects for the community and our district.

I’m married and have three kids and 3 grand-kids.  I was born and raised in the Warren Consolidated School system and have lived in the area most of my life.  I love all sports and have a part time job at a golf course in the summer.  Playing golf is my passion.

Taking a class like Building Trades, is necessary skills for any future homeowner.  Our class motto is, “Creating skills for a lifetime”.  First year students will work in a group setting, building a small modular.   Some Building Trades skills learned will be carpentry, electrical, drywall, tile, roofing and plumbing.  Second year students will use these skills and work on an off campus house to enhance everything learned in Building Trades 1 while learning other skills as well.  Students completing this program can use trade skills to enter a construction position and a well-paying career, or even start their own business.