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Construction Technology

Industry Sector: Building and Construction Trades


Pathway Description

This pathway is a great blend of old and new. Think classic woodworking meeting modern construction practices. A pathway goal is to expose students to the vast array of construction trades and woodworking techniques that are available to them. Another goal of this pathway is to develop a joy of working with your own hands and becoming career ready. Many students have found employment with local contractors and carpenters. What makes this pathway unique is the hands-on nature of the learning experience--everything is practical and directly applicable to future projects or the job field. This learning happens over the course of our classes through a variety of projects, which are scaffolded from beginner to advanced. We utilize individual and group projects, depending on what the students are learning and what skills they need to demonstrate. I think a variety of work environments, projects, and material options provides the greatest amount of flexibility to the pathway and our students.

Skills Acquired

Students gain skills that will benefit and stick with them throughout their lives. It all starts with our first rule in the shop. Rule #1: Be safe and keep others safe, in this rule respect and care for both yourself and others is required.

Additional skills include but are not limited to: Problem solving, communication skills, both written and verbal, artistic evaluation and design, self-evaluation. Project management, product development, critical thinking, individual expression and grit. Every project will challenge you to give up or settle, overcoming an attitude of ‘good-enough’ is a mindset we could all use more of and each time we succeed we gain a bit more grit.

Students acquire knowledge and skills in a sequential, standards-based pathway program that integrates hands-on, project-based, and work-based instruction. Curriculum standards included in this sector are designed to prepare students for technical training, postsecondary education, and entry to a career. 

Specifically, students in our beginning classes will learn how to:

  • Use the tools, equipment, and specialty materials safely

  • Fabricate beginner, intermediate, and advanced carpentry and woodworking projects

  • Work efficiently and effectively as an individual or in a group setting

  • Evaluate their projects, problem-solve and fix their mistakes as a critical thinker

  • Demonstrate leadership skills by helping one another out & passing along their knowledge & skills

Specifically, students in our advanced classes will focus on the skills of:

  • Gaining an in-depth experience in artistic perception, historical and cultural context, aesthetic valuing, creative expression and connections, relationships and applications 

This experience will be demonstrated through the students visual and creative expression of wood design furnishings, turning objects on the lathe, creating musical instruments, and other artistic objects.  Various forms and materials will be used in the class, which include diverse wood species, reclaimed materials and techniques, and restoration. Students will study and analyze various cultural and historical art forms and articulate comprehension through the creation of personal and public art. Students will create original works of art demonstrating mastery in art forms, which reflect their feelings, beliefs and points of view.



Work Based Learning Activities

In the shop we make a little bit of everything, the required projects are probably very similar to those of any shop, cutting boards, chairs, desks, turning projects. We also design and make Skateboards, snowboards and surfboards. Our big project we work on is a TINY HOUSE project which is a livable tiny house built on a specialized trailer, it contains a kitchen, bathroom and shower, living room and sleeping loft.

Construction Technology Courses

Course Catalog

Course Title and Description Type of Course UC a-g Dual Enrollment 
Construction Technology 1 (CT 114) Concentrator



Fine Woodworking (coming 2021-2022) Concentrator



Construction Technology 2 (CT 115) Capstone



TradArt Foundation
Career Technical Education

Construction Technology Instructor

Caleb Chadwick

(805) 966-9101 x5091