Prepared for immediate employment, apprenticeship opportunities, advanced certifications, and further education
This class provides a unique opportunity for students to learn carpentry and construction skills by participating in the construction of a variety of projects, including large commercial buildings. Students are prepared for entry-level employment skills in the construction field and for participation in post-secondary construction- related programs such as construction management, construction engineering, and architecture.
Students participate in estimating, layout, foundation and cement work, rough-in carpentry, roofing, wiring, interior wall finishing, exterior finishing and siding, finish carpentry including trim, etc. Students are involved in all phases of residential construction. They are also exposed to blueprint reading as well as math and science concepts as they relate to the construction field. In addition to participating in post high school programs, many graduates of this program work for area contractors or establish themselves as a licensed contractor.
This class is typically available to students in grades 10-12.
“This class has definitely helped me a lot and taught me a lot of things about building!”
Andrew P., Marquette HS Building Construction Student
“We ended up with a pretty significant female population [of students in the class].”
Nathan McFarren, Marquette HS Industrial Arts Teacher, Geometry in Construction
“We’ll do one of our [Geometry in Construction] labs where they have to use some trigonometry to measure a ramp in our school and see if it’s OSHA approved, and they make it look so easy. I also do this with my normal geometry class and they struggle. [The success of the GiC students is] from being in [the shop] and the hands on.”
Karl Thomsen, Marquette HS Geometry Teacher, Geometry in Construction