Building Construction Technology

Program Overview

This program teaches skills in construction along with the knowledge necessary to build, repair, or maintain a house. Practical experience and classroom training prepares students enrolled in the Building Construction program for employment in general construction, remodeling, or property maintenance. Students are taught carpentry, masonry, electrical, plumbing, roofing, and interior and exterior finishes. Students will earn their OSHA 10 Certification and be taught safety throughout the course.
Students learn in detail about power tools, hand tools, footers, foundations, floor, wall, and roof framing, rough-in of switch and receptacle circuits, plumbing with PVC, copper, PEX, installation of sinks, showers, bathtubs and toilets, drywall installation and finish, the installation of vinyl siding, and shingled roofs. Student completers are expected to take the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) exam at the end of their high school career.
* Blueprint Reading is a required course for this program of study.

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Educational & Physical Attributes Expectations
Program Safety & Physical Considerations
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions
  • Ability to work independently
  • Good eye/hand coordination
  • Physical strength & stamina
  • Hair pulled back
  • Safety equipment worn
Essential APTITUDES for this lab–Recommended Levels
  • Eye/hand/foot coordination
  • Flexibility
  • Critical thinking
  • Active listening
  • Judgement, decision making & self–control
  • Finger dexterity
  • Spatial aptitude
  • Ability to work independently & in groups
  • Follow a complex multi–step procedure independently
  • Evaluate how key words and phrases shape meaning in texts
  • Comprehend written text and apply it to understand tables, charts, and other visuals
  • Learn and apply content–specific symbols correctly
  • Apply content–specific vocabulary correctly
  • Read and understand diagnostic and schematic data to solve a problem
  • Compare & contrast information in a text
  • By the end of grades 9–10 & 11–12 read & comprehend technical texts independently & proficiently
  • Textbook: Residual Construction Academy Basic Principles for Construction, Average grade reading level: 11.63
  • Produce clear & coherent writing
  • Develop and strengthen writing by brainstorming, revising, editing & rewriting
  • Write routinely over short/long time frames for a range of tasks, purposes & audiences
  • Clearly convey with precision step–by–step work completed
  • Write fast–paced, accurate work reports
  • Use technology to produce, publish or share writing
Math Levels

    Numbers and Operations:

  • Grade 6 – Fluency in operations with whole numbers and decimals
  • Grade 6 – Fraction computations
  • Grade 6 – Whole number exponents
  • Grade 7 – Fraction to decimal conversion
  • Grade 7 – Percent and ratio problems
  • Grade 8 – Decimals to rational number (fraction) conversion
  • Grade 8 – Estimate the value of irrational numbers.
  • Algebra 1 – Problem solving with real world units, including conversions
  • Measurement:

  • NG – Units: English Precision: Nearest 1/16 inch
  • Grade 6 – Unit conversion within and between measuring systems
  • Grade 7 – Area, volume surface area of objects composed of triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons, and right prisms
  • Grade 7 – Area and circumference of a circle
  • Grade 8 – Volume of cone, cylinder, sphere
  • Geometry – Apply volume formulas – including pyramid
  • Algebraic Concepts:

  • Grade 6 – One–step equation solutions – one variable with all non–negative components
  • Grade 8 – Slope
  • Algebra 1 – Calculate and use slope
  • Geometric Concepts:

  • Grade 7 – Angle measure problems (supplementary, complementary, adjacent, angles of a triangle, parallel lines cut by transversal)
  • Grade 7 – Scale drawings of geometric figures
  • Grade 8 – Pythagorean Theorem
  • Grade 8 – Transformation properties and showing congruence/similarity
  • Geometry – Transformations in the plane – congruence and similarity
  • Geometry – Theorems about lines, angles, triangles, and parallelograms
  • Geometry – Scale models and drawings
  • Geometry – Cross sections of 3–D figures
  • Data and Probability:

  • Algebra 1 – Interpret data on various displays – use to make predictions
Theory Time
  • 1 hour/week
Lab Time
  • 11.5 hours/week
  • None
  • Daily assessments
  • 1–3 module tests/marking period
  • 6–10 projects/marking period
  • Industry Certifications
  • NOCTI (mandatory for all CTE programs)
POS Academics and Electives Recommended
  • English and Math to Geometry are components of the DCTS program.
  • Basic Physics
  • Blueprint Reading
Study & Other Skills
  • Note taking skills
  • Work Ethic
Technology Skills/Knowledge
  • Use and navigate school–issued laptop
  • Web navigation
  • Email management
  • Navigate learning management system and instructional technology tools
  • Video conferencing
  • Database navigation
Post–Secondary Options and Continuing Ed
  • Trade School
  • Business Associate Degree
  • Apprenticeship