Construction Pathway

This pathway map represents a suggested sequence of courses leading to capstone, work-based learning, and post-secondary experiences which will assist students in being as successful as possible after leaving high school.  Although each student will personalize their experiences, the earlier a student begins this sequence, the more opportunities students will have to fully explore the educational and community options available. These sequences should be coupled with appropriate core courses, as well as life-skills and courses in a student’s area of interest.

Course Descriptions:

Wood Fabrication 1 - formerly Introduction to Woodworking - TEC3010, .5-credit, Grades 9-12, Course Fee:  $20

This foundational course puts students in the driver’s seat of their manufacturing and/or construction pathway.  Applying safety, measurement, hand and power tools, students will produce a variety of projects using wood.  From material preparation to the final product, students will use basic production processes, working drawings and a plan of procedure to complete skill developing projects.

Design and Drafting - TEC4010, .5-credit, Grades 9-12

This introduction to design and drafting covers the basics of creating a technical drawing using both sketching and computer‐aided drafting systems.  Student will become familiar with the basic commands and functions of the software while they solve problems and design solutions both on paper and 3‐Dimensionally on the computer. Students will learn the basics of architecture design and techniques also.   Students will learn major house and building styles by mimicking these styles while designing buildings.

Wood Fabrication 2 - formerly Furniture and Cabinetmaking - TEC3040, .5-credit, Grades 9-12, Course Fee:  $30
Successful students will have completed Wood Fabrication 1 with a “C” or better.

This course is a continuation of the Wood Fabrication sequence using modern materials and processes.  Students will learn advanced skills related to cabinet and furniture making, the use of panel products and jigs and fixtures. Students will explore career opportunities in wood product manufacturing.

Wood Fabrication 3 - formerly Advanced Furniture and Cabinetmaking - TEC3050, 1.0-credit,  Grades 10-12, Course Fee:  $35
Successful students will have completed Wood Fabrication 2 with a “C” or better.

Wood Technology 3  gives students the opportunity to expand their knowledge of Wood Product Manufacturing. Based on their previous experience in this pathway students will work in teams to analyze problems and find solutions  Creativity, collaboration, time management, and teamwork skills are a must as products are developed from design, costing, to assembly and quality control.

Home Maintenance and Improvement - TEC3020, .5-credit, Grades 9-12, Course Fee:  $30

This course covers the fundamental systems that comprise a residential dwelling including electrical, plumbing, framing etc. Students will learn practical maintenance and home improvement skills that apply to  both future homeowners and those interested in the skilled trades.  

Civil Engineering and Architecture (Project Lead The Way)* - TEC1040, 1.0-credit, Grades 10-12, Course Fee:  $30

In this class you will learn about Civil Engineering and Architecture, using the design process to solve real world problems and apply your creative skills to hands‐on‐projects. You will use state ‐of‐ the‐art software to design residential and commercial buildings. This course covers topics such as the roles of civil engineers and architects, project planning, building design, project documentation and presentation, and interior design.   (Dual/transcripted credit is offered by Milwaukee School of Engineering [MSOE] with transfer possibilities to other colleges and universities.)

Wood Fabrication 4 - formerly Fine Woodworking* - TEC3060, 1.0-credit, Grades 11-12, Course Fee:  $35
Successful students will have completed Wood Fabrication 3 with a “C” or better.

This capstone course is based on student mastery of manufacturing processes, utilizing the design process. Students will build projects, create and document the complete design and manufacture process from idea to completion.    (Dual/transcripted credit is offered by Madison College with transfer possibilities to other colleges and universities.)

Fundamentals of Construction - formerly Introduction to Construction - TEC3030, 1.0-credit, Grades 10-12, Course Fee:  $30

In this hands-on focused light construction course, students will prepare for a career in the skilled trades. Through actual  planning and building, this class will design and construct a small structure. Topics covered include: job site safety, drafting, construction codes and fundamentals.  

**Industry Certification

  *College Credit