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Construction Technology

Industry Sector: Building and Construction Trades


Work Based Learning Activities

  • Students have the opportunity to participate in internships and mentorships
  • Field Trips to local businesses (Patagonia, Deckers, UGG)
  • Field Trips to Norton Simon, FIDM, the Petersen, LACMA
  • Partnership with Advisory Committee to design projects that develop skills employers need, and reflect what it’s like to work in creative business.  
  • Work with artists-in-residence

Skills Acquired

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.

Construction Technology Courses

Course Catalog

Course Title and Description Type of Course UC a-g Dual Enrollment 
CT1 Exploration in Woodworking Concentrator



CT2: Advanced Woodworking Capstone


CT3: Fine Woodworking, Cabinetry, and Furniture Capstone



Construction Technology Instructors

Timothy Palmer



Justin Howe