Construction Trades

High School Credits

4 credits per semester, Counts as a Directed Elective or Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

Course Description

This course is a hands-on class. Students will participate in the construction of a house in a period of two years. Some of the skills acquired through this program are:

  •  Building Layout
  •  Framing and Roof Decking
  •  Roofing and Siding
  •  Drywall
  •  Insulation
  •  Interior Finishing
  •  Interior Doors & Trim
  • Kitchen Cabinet Installation

For Parents

5580 Construction Trades I includes classroom and laboratory experiences covering the formation, installation, maintenance, and repair of buildings, homes, and other structures. This course also covers the use of working drawings and applications from the print to the work. Students will explore the relationship of views and details, interpretation of dimension, transposing scale, tolerance, electrical symbols, sections, materials list, architectural plans, geometric construction, three dimensional drawing techniques, and sketching. Elementary aspects of residential design and site work will also be covered. Areas of emphasis will include print reading and drawing, room schedules and plot plans. Students will examine the design and construction of floor and wall systems and develop the skills needed for layout and construction processes of floor and wall systems from blueprints and professional planning documents. Instruction will be given in the following areas, administrative requirements, definitions, building planning, foundations, wall coverings, roof and ceiling construction, and roof assemblies. Students will develop an understanding and interpretation of the Indiana Residential Code for one and two-family dwellings and safety practices including Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Safety & Health Standards for the construction industry.

5578 Construction Trades II builds on the topics covered in Construction Technology I and includes: formation, installation, maintenance, and repair of buildings, homes, and other structures including recent trends in the residential construction industry. Information is presented concerning materials, occupations, and professional organizations within the industry. Students will develop basic knowledge, skills, and awareness of interior trim. This course provides training in installation of drywall, moldings, interior doors, kitchen cabinets, and baseboard moldings. Students will also develop skills in the finishing of building exteriors. They will also explore skills in the installation of cornices, windows, doors and various types of sidings used in today’s market place. Additionally, the course covers design and construction of roof systems and using framing squares for traditional rafter and truss roofing.


Dual Credit Institution



Dual Credit Courses

BCTI 100 Intro to Construction Technology
BCTI 101 Intro to Carpentry I
BCTI 102 Intro to Carpentry II
BCTI 103 Carpentry Framing and Finishing I
BCTI 104 Carpentry Framing and Finishing II 

Potential Careers/Salary

Cement Mason - $41,330 per year
Civil Engineer - $83,540 per year
Construction and Building Inspectors - $58,480 per year
Construction Equipment Operator - $45,040 per year
Construction Manager - $89,300 per year 
Construction Laborer - $32,230 per year
Cost Estimator - $61,790 per year 
Operating Engineer (Equipment Operator) - $45,040 per year
Construction Supervisor - $58,480 per year
Construction Superintendent - $89,300

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Construction Managers, on the Internet at (visited January 14, 2018).

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