Building Construction

Program Description

Workers in the building construction field are in the business of making people’s dreams come true. Whether it’s a dream home, an office building, a grocery store, or a remodeling job, the construction industry is a popular field to build a career. In this program, students obtain the skills, technical knowledge, and work habits necessary to succeed in the construction and maintenance industry. They put classroom knowledge to work through hands-on activities in the lab and at the project house. All aspects of the construction industry are studied including: blueprint reading, framing, roofing, siding, masonry, and basic carpentry, repair and maintenance skills.

Program Content

Personal Management and Employability Skills
   Construction Math
    Blueprint Reading
    Wood Building Materials, Fasteners, and Adhesives
    Floor Systems, Wall, Ceiling, and Roof Framing</span/>
    Windows and Exterior Doors
    Reading Plans and Elevations
    Distance Measurements and Leveling
    Concrete and Reinforcing Materials
    Exterior Finish and Roofing
    Thermal and Moisture Protection
    Stairs, Drywall, Interior Finish, and Cabinet Installation
    Technical Communications

Special Features

Apprenticeship opportunities with the Carpenters Local 706
Students may participate in SkillsUSA, a national organization that provides opportunities to develop teamwork, presonal leadership, and career skills valued by employers.
12th grade students will complete and present senior projects.
Students may build a house off site.
Unpaid work experience
Co-op and paid work experience may be available.
Tech Prep program


4.0 cr. Building Construction

College Credit

Program completers may qualify for articulated college credit from the following colleges and universities.

Building Construction

Institution Program Articulated Course(s)
Davenport University Technical Engineering Systems Pathway BUSN210 (Professional Ethics)

COMM120(Presentation Techniques)

GNSS (General Social Science Credit)

SOSC201 (Diversity in Society)

GNBS (General Business Credit)

Delta College Construction Management RC191 Const. Print Interpretations
Construction Lab I
Framing Square

Student Certifications

Personal Management & Employability Skills
CareerSafe Safety Education Training

Program Requirements

Safety Requirements:
Safety shoes
Eye protection (provided for nonprescription)
Students must adhere to all OSHA/MIOSHA rules and regulations
Students must compete safety competencies before working in the lab or project house
Physical Requirements:
Able to manipulate power and hand tools
Able to lift and move building materials
Able to climb scaffolding and ladders
Good muscular and eye-hand coordination, physical stamina, and strength

Academic Requirements:

Basic math, measurements, decimals, and fractionsAble to apply algebra and geometry to solve construction related problems
Text reading level: 7th grade

Other Requirements:

Ability to work well as a team memberAbility to work within precise limits or standards of accuracy
Students may be involved in off site construction projects
Students must be free of allergies from dust
Able to work independently with minimal supervision

Career Possibilities

Finish Carpenter, Rough Carpenter, Construction Laborer, Safety Manager, Estimator, Project Engineer, Project Manager, Construction Foreman, Mason, Wholesale, Roofer, Architect, Apprentice Carpenter, General Contractor/Builder