Building Trades students receive actual construction experience on various structures and buildings. Major skills to be learned while constructing a modular house each year include hand and power tool use, building foundations, floor and roof framing, wall construction, electrical wiring, and the finishing of interior and exterior of buildings.

The curriculum also includes the proper use of building materials, blueprint reading, and using surveying instruments. Career opportunities include construction laborer, apprenticeship carpenter, concrete worker, and all construction related occupations.

This course covers the Business Operations/21st Century Skills Outcomes and Competencies requirements in all Information Technology courses.

Students will learn principles in basic safety (10-hr OSHA), construction math, hand and power tool are and operation, blueprint reading, material handling, communication and employability skills. An emphasis will be placed on safe and green construction practices.
This first course in the pathway will introduce to students the materials, methods, and equipment used in carpentry and masonry. Students will organize a project work sequence by interpreting plans and diagrams within a construction drawing set. They will layout and install basic wall, floor and roof applications. Students will perform introductory concrete applications including formwork, reinforcement, mixing, and finishing. Current advancements in technology, safety, applicable code requirements and correct practices are learned.

Students learn physical principles and fundamental skills across mechanical systems in construction. Students will select materials, assemble, and test basic electrical circuits. Students will select materials and assemble simple copper and plastic plumbing applications for both supply and drains. They will perform simple maintenance of electric motors, electric fixtures and plumbing fixtures. Students will be able to select and install basic ductwork components and learn the operation and maintenance of heating and cooling equipment.
Students will learn procedures and techniques required for layout and framing of walls and ceilings, including roughing-in door and window openings, constructing corners and partitions; bracing walls and ceilings; and applying sheathing. Students will learn methods of roof, cold formed steel, and wood stair framing. Students will learn site and personal safety, material properties, design procedures, and code requirements for structural systems.
This course will address applications of interior and exterior finish work. Students will identify material properties and select for appropriate application. Students will install thermal and moisture protection including roofing, siding, fascia and soffits, gutters, and louvers. Students will install drywall; trim-joinery and molding and apply wall, floor and ceiling coverings and finishes. Throughout the course, the safe handling of materials, personal safety, prevention of accidents and the mitigation of hazards are emphasized.