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.

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 (earned upon successful completion):

  • 2 Elective credits
  • Applied Math I - 1 credit
  • Visual, Performing, Applied Arts - 1 credit

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 (earned upon successful completion):

  • 2 Elective credits
  • Applied Math II - 1 credit

Articulations (earned by maintaining B average):

  • Detroit Carpenters Apprenticeship School - length of apprenticeship shortened Test out of math & blueprint reading @ Detroit Carpenters Apprentice School