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Construction &
Architecture

Program Description

The Carpentry & Architecture program prepares students for careers in construction-related fields by developing their skills in building construction and woodworking techniques. Through a combination of onsite projects and work in the community, students gain skills in all aspects of house construction, including installing roof, window, and doors, framing, constructing footings and foundations. Projects include blueprint creation and reading, estimating costs, creating material lists and work schedules, and completing tasks on time. Students in the Carpentry & Architecture program at the Windham Regional Career Center will graduate with the skills needed to enter into the workforce or pursue further education.

Level I

Construction and architecture comprise one of the largest industries in the United States. The Construction and Architecture Level 1 program prepares students with skills related to safety and the basics of construction and architecture, including blueprint reading and basic design. The level 1 program is also designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the different pathways within the construction and architecture field. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and skill in safety, hand and power tools, basic construction math, blueprints, material handling, and basic work-related skills. Students may be exposed to Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) software to create plans and three-dimensional drawings using industry standard dimensioning and notation. Students will visit local job sites to see the industry in action. Local industry will also be joining the classroom for presentations and observations. Students will begin to develop a physical and electronic portfolio. Students will also have the opportunity to earn several industry-recognized credentials (IRCs) applicable to construction and architecture.

Prerequisite: Students will need to have completed the equivalent credits to place them at the 11th grade level upon the time they enter the program. This means students need to have successfully completed a minimum two years of high school English; two years of high school math including Algebra, two years of Social Studies, one year of science, physical education, and health requirements or the permission from the WRCC director to apply.

Students must have completed at least one core general education high school Math course related to the pathway with a grade of 70 or better before they are eligible to apply for a program/pathway.

Recommended reading level: Grade 9

Recommended: Algebra II and Geometry

Level II

Construction and architecture comprise one of the largest industries in the United States. The Construction Architecture Level 2 program is designed to build on students’ knowledge of safety, fundamentals, and understanding of the basics of the building and architecture trades. Students will practice and improve proper measurement, accurate assembly, applications of mathematical concepts, material estimating procedures, and safe work practices. Upon completion of the level 2 program, proficient students will demonstrate knowledge and skill in framing, building science, and understanding blueprints.

Students will learn and practice how to frame floors, walls, ceilings, roofs, and stairs while safely employing tools used in the trade. Students may be exposed to Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) software to create plans and three-dimensional drawing using industry standard dimensioning and notation, and connect their drawing layouts to actual models, components, and possibly buildings. Students will visit local job sites to see the industry in action. Local industry will also be joining the classroom for presentations and observations. Second-year students will have the opportunity for work-based learning, with the potential to turn into full-time employment. Students will develop a photo and electronic portfolio. They will have the opportunity to earn industry-recognized credentials (IRCs) applicable to construction and architecture. Students will also be encouraged to join SkillsUSA, and Better Building by Design.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Construction and Architecture I with a grade of 75% or higher. Instructor recommendation.

Recommended: Algebra II, Geometry, Essential Math for College and Careers

Industry Recognized Credentials

OSHA 10 Training
NCCER Core Curriculum
Forklift training
First Aid/CPR/AED

Your Instructor

John DiMatteo

I had worked in the field of Residential, Industrial, and Commercial Construction for around twenty-two years prior to working at WRCC. When I saw the job posting for a construction architecture instructor at WRCC in 2017, I saw it as an opportunity to increase the amount of training available for the construction industry in our part of the state as well as giving high school students a solid idea of what the industry could offer them for work and careers.

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