Architecture & Construction Course

  • Architecture & Construction Programs of Study 

    • Architectural & Engineering Design
    • Residential & Commercial Construction  
    • Mechanical, Electrical, & Plumbing (MEP) Systems 

    Architectural & Engineering Design 

    • Level 1 -C17H13 Architectural & Engineering Design I
      • 1 credit, open to grades 9 & 10 
      • EPSO: OSHA 10
      • Students will be using basic concepts of scale drawing and orthographic projections making simple 2 and 3-dimensional drawings using manual drafting tools and computer-aided design (CAD).  This course enables a student to make the transition from the drawing board to the use of CAD software by having them make increasingly complicated drawings.
    • Level 2 -C17H14 Architectural & Engineering Design II
      • 1 credit, prerequisite(s): Architectural & Engineering Design I
      • Students complete more complex engineering and architectural assignments based on the knowledge and skills learned in Drafting 1 utilizing CAD (Autodesk’s Design Academy programs).  Students will be working individually and in teams on class, projects to create a complete set of architectural construction drawings as well as production and assembly drawings for a mechanical product.
    • Level 3 -C17H10 Architectural & Engineering Design III or C17H10H Honors Architectural & Engineering Design III
      • 1 credit, prerequisite(s): Architectural & Engineering Design I & II
      • EPSO: AutoCAD industry certification, Certified Solidworks Associate industry certification  
      • Students learn to use a CAD program (Autodesk’s Design Academy programs) to create engineering and architectural drawings, assembly drawings, welding and process drawings, cross-sections, 3D representations, and bills of materials.  Individual drawings with some group projects and increasing complex drawings are emphasized.
    • Level 4 -C17H21H  Honors Engineering Practicum 
      • 1 credit, prerequisite(s): Architectural & Engineering Design I, II, & III
      • Engineering Practicum is a capstone course intended to provide students with the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge learned in previous Engineering courses within a professional, working environment. In addition to developing an understanding of the professional and ethical issues encountered by engineers and technologists in the workplace, students learn to refine their skills in problem-solving, research, communication, data analysis, teamwork, and project management. The course is highly customizable to meet local system needs: instruction may be delivered through school laboratory training or through work-based learning arrangements such as internships, cooperative education, service-learning, mentoring, and job shadowing. Upon completion of the practicum, students will be prepared for postsecondary study in engineering and technology fields.

    Residential & Commercial Construction

    • Level 1-C17H15 Fundamentals of Construction 
      • 1 credit, open to grades 9 & 10
      • EPSO: OSHA 10 Industry Certification 
      • Fundamentals of Construction is a foundational course in the Architecture & Construction cluster covering essential knowledge, skills, and concepts required for careers in construction. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will be able to describe various construction fields and outline the steps necessary to advance in specific construction careers. Students will be able to employ tools safely and interpret construction drawings to complete projects demonstrating proper measurement and application of mathematical concepts. Standards in this course also include an overview of the construction industry and an introduction to building systems and materials. Students will begin compiling artifacts for inclusion in their portfolios, which they will carry with them throughout the full sequence of courses in this program of study.
    • Level 2 -C17H24 Residential & Commercial Construction I 
      • 1 credit, prerequisite(s): Fundamentals of Construction
      • Residential & Commercial Construction I is the second course in the Residential & Commercial Construction program of study intended to prepare students for careers in construction by developing an understanding of the different phases of a construction project from start to finish. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and skill in the earlier phases of building construction, including site layout, foundation systems, concrete, framing systems, and electrical systems.  Students will be able to perform concrete work; frame walls, ceilings, and floors of a structure; and install proper wiring while safely employing tools and interpreting construction drawings to complete projects.  Emphasis is placed on demonstrating proper measurement and application of mathematical concepts.  Standards in this course also include principles of the construction industry and business and project management.  Students will continue compiling artifacts for inclusion in their portfolios, which they will carry with them throughout the full sequence of courses in this program of study.
    • Level 3 -C17H25 Residential & Commercial Construction II
      • 2 credits, prerequisite(s): Fundamentals of Construction, Residential and Commercial Construction I
      • EPSO: OSHA 30
      • Residential & Commercial Construction II is the third course in the Residential & Commercial Construction program of study intended to prepare students for careers in construction by developing an understanding of the different phases of a construction project from start to finish.  Upon completion of this course, proficient students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and skill in the later phases of building construction including roofing systems, exterior finishing, stair framing systems, masonry systems, and plumbing systems.  Students will be able to perform masonry work; frame roofs; install shingles on roofs; apply exterior finishes, and install proper piping for plumbing systems while safely employing tools and interpreting construction drawings to complete projects.  Emphasis is placed on demonstrating proper measurement and application of mathematical concepts.  Students will continue compiling artifacts for inclusion in their portfolios, which they will carry with them throughout the full sequence of courses in this program of study.
    • Level 4 -C17H22 Construction Practicum 
      • 1 credit, prerequisite(s): Fundamentals of Construction, Residential and Commercial Construction I, Residential and Commercial Construction II
      • Construction Practicum is a capstone course intended to provide students with the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge learned in previous Architecture & Construction courses within a professional, working environment.  In addition to developing an understanding of the professional and ethical issues encountered by tradesmen and contractors in the workplace, students learn to refine their skills in problem-solving, communication, teamwork, and project management in the completion of a course- long project.  Additionally, students are exposed to the great range of postsecondary opportunities in today’s construction fields as well, in order to prepare them to make an informed decision regarding their post-high school plans.  The course is highly customizable to meet local system needs.  Upon completion of the practicum, proficient students will be prepared to pursue further study in architecture or construction or seek additional training and employment with the aid of a portfolio documenting student work completed throughout high school.

    Mechanical, Electrical, & Plumbing (MEP) Systems

    • Level 1-C17H15 Fundamentals of Construction
      • 1 credit, open to grades 9 & 10
      • EPSO: OSHA 10 Industry Certification
      • Fundamentals of Construction is a foundational course in the Architecture & Construction cluster covering essential knowledge, skills, and concepts required for careers in construction. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will be able to describe various construction fields and outline the steps necessary to advance in specific construction careers. Students will be able to employ tools safely and interpret construction drawings to complete projects demonstrating proper measurement and application of mathematical concepts. Standards in this course also include an overview of the construction industry and an introduction to building systems and materials. Students will begin compiling artifacts for inclusion in their portfolios, which they will carry with them throughout the full sequence of courses in this program of study.
    • Level 2 -C17H23 Mechanical, Electrical, & Plumbing Systems (MEP)
      • 1 credit, prerequisite(s): Fundamentals of Construction 
      • EPSO: OSHA 30 Industry Certification 
      • Mechanical, Electrical, & Plumbing Systems prepares students for electrical, plumbing, and HVAC careers by introducing students to the physical principles of these systems and the fundamental skills needed to work with them. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will be able to follow safety procedures and use tools to perform basic operations with electrical circuits, as well as demonstrate an understanding of fundamental concepts of electricity theory (i.e. Ohm’s Law). Students will be able to apply proper tools and procedures to perform basic operations with plastic piping, including measuring, cutting, and joining pipe. Furthermore, students will be able to apply mathematics concepts to solve HVAC, electrical, and plumbing problems.
    • Level 3 -C17H03 Dual Enrollment HVAC (Mechanical, Electrical, & Plumbing Systems) I
      • 1 credit, prerequisite(s): Fundamentals of Construction, MEP Systems, and meet Dual Enrollment qualifications  
      • EPSO: Dual Enrollment Course Through TCAT
      • Mechanical, Electrical, & Plumbing Systems dual enrollment continues to prepare students for electrical, plumbing, and HVAC careers by introducing students to the physical principles of these systems and the fundamental skills needed to work with them. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will be able to follow safety procedures and use tools to perform basic operations with electrical circuits, as well as demonstrate an understanding of fundamental concepts of electricity theory (i.e. Ohm’s Law). Students will be able to apply proper tools and procedures to perform basic operations with plastic piping, including measuring, cutting, and joining pipe. Furthermore, students will be able to apply mathematics concepts to solve HVAC, electrical, and plumbing problems.
    • Level 4 -C17H30 Dual Enrollment HVAC (Mechanical, Electrical, & Plumbing Systems) II
      • Fundamentals of Construction, MEP Systems, and meet Dual Enrollment qualifications 
      • EPSO: Dual Enrollment Course Through TCAT
      • Mechanical, Electrical, & Plumbing Systems dual enrollment continues to prepare students for electrical, plumbing, and HVAC careers by introducing students to the physical principles of these systems and the fundamental skills needed to work with them. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will be able to follow safety procedures and use tools to perform basic operations with electrical circuits, as well as demonstrate an understanding of fundamental concepts of electricity theory (i.e. Ohm’s Law). Students will be able to apply proper tools and procedures to perform basic operations with plastic piping, including measuring, cutting, and joining pipe. Furthermore, students will be able to apply mathematics concepts to solve HVAC, electrical, and plumbing problems.

    Optional Course that can replace any Level 4 CTE Course

    • C25H16 Work-Based Learning: Career Practicum (WBL)
      • 1 credit, up to 2 credits per year, open to grades 11 & 12
      • Admission into this class is by application only. A student must have a 90% attendance rate for the semester immediately preceding enrollment in this class. Their place of employment must correlate to their chosen Elective Focus and a significant portion of the hours worked must be during the normal school day.
        Students must be enrolled in a CTE that is related to their job. Students must maintain school attendance of a minimum of 90%, passing grades in all courses, and be able to legally drive to the job site. This course allows students to leave the school campus daily to gain real-world occupational experience.