Marquette Construction / Bldg Trades

Class location

Marquette Senior High School
1203 West Fair Avenue
Marquette, Michigan 49855

Instructors: Nate McFarren

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Career Focus

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.


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“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

How to Get Started

High School Credit

Students should inquire within their guidance office about high school curriculum requirements that may be satisfied through a CTE class, as this is determined individually by school district.

College Credit

College credit(s) possible

  • Students can earn up to 4 college credits from NMU
  • Students must earn a grade of 90% or better and be recommended by the instructor
  • Each college reserves the right to set its own credit-granting policy
  • Contact your college(s) to find out the score it requires to grant credit, the number of credit hours granted, and the course(s) that can be bypassed with a satisfactory score

NMU courses satisfied:

CN 110 - Construction Processes - NMU Credits Granted 2

CN 156 - Construction Systems & Methods - NMU Credits Granted 2

Industry Certification

Industry-recognized Certification

  • 10-hour OSHA Construction Industry Safety*

*Credentials are nationally recognized, portable and stackable, which means students have the option of attaining more advanced credentials in the future

Success Story

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Student measuring a board
Students measuring boards
Teacher speaking with a student
Teacher in front of class

What to do next?

Instructors: Nate McFarren

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