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Construction Design and Management

Program Overview:  

Program Of Study Sheet

The Construction Design and Management program is a four course CTE Program of Study.  Students will develop an understanding of the built world through the design and construction process.  Each course uses a project-based learning approach to advance students’ understanding of the design-build-maintain process.  Advanced architectural drafting and design skills are developed through lab-based instruction using Autodesk software tools (AutoCAD and Revit Architecture).  Throughout the program, students will develop a portfolio to demonstrate knowledge of each phase of the design and construction management process.  Students will also have the opportunity to earn industry certification in AutoCAD.

Students enrolled in this program are expected to:

  • Understand the design-build-maintain process and the construction industry;
  • Identify and use the materials and tools used in the design-build-maintain process;
  • Understand the construction process and the interaction of skilled trades, designers and managers;
  • Demonstrate the use of basic and advanced design principles;
  • Create multiple design plans (architectural, civil and mechanical) for construction projects;
  • Understand Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology to connect design and construction; and
  • Demonstrate project management skills including designing, scheduling and completing an entire construction project.

 

The four-course sequence includes the following:

Course I – Introduction to Construction Design and Management

This course provides an overview of the design and construction process as well as an introduction to the many career options within the field of construction.  Students will be introduced to core concepts in design and construction including: construction methods and materials; fundamental elements of design; and innovative technologies including Green Construction and Design.  Students will be introduced to design software as they complete basic design projects, such as a bridge design, floor plans and elevation plans.  This course also includes career exploration activities and research regarding the construction industry.

Course II – Principles of Construction Design

This course provides students with an in-depth understanding of the construction design process.  Students will complete a series of increasingly complex construction design projects in which they incorporate all aspects of the construction process, including zoning and regulation requirements; construction methods and materials, energy conservation; surveying; and project planning.  Students will use design software to generate site plans (topography) as well as detailed building plans. Portfolios are used to show the developmental stages of a design project.  Students will work in teams to develop each aspect of a construction project including developing a proposal, site plans, and construction management documents.

Course III – Advance Design and 3-D Modeling

Students will work in teams to fully develop designs and a construction management plan for a pre-determined site.  In this year-long project, students begin with the legal description and topography of the site and create a proposal for development.  The construction design project must meet the client’s needs, budget, and the site characteristics. Students will generate a series of plans to be included with the proposal for submission to an industry review panel for approval. Upon completion of the course, students will demonstrate advanced design/drafting skills and be prepared for the AutoCAD certification exam.

Course IV – Advanced Construction Management

This course builds on an understanding of the construction design process to advanced knowledge and skill in construction management.  In this course, students will be required to work in teams to complete a project from existing plans.  The year-long project will focus on building codes and standards, coordination of the construction process, estimating, planning and scheduling; and site management.  Students will complete a portfolio of their design and construction management projects for review by an industry panel.

End-of-Course Assessments and Certification

The first three courses, Introduction to Construction Design and Management, Principles of Construction Design, and Advanced Design prepare students to take exams for AutoCAD credentialing. These courses include the use of AutoCAD to develop architectural plans using industry standards for design and documentation.  As students progress into the advanced courses and use BIM technology, they may also prepare for Revit Architecture certification.

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Renewable Energies

Program Overview:

Programs Of Study Sheet

The Construction Development-Electricity & Energy pathway covers construction core and electrical technologies in conjunction with current issues and policy in all areas of construction with a focus on renewable energy production. Along with the electrical trade; green technologies, environmental impacts, and questions of ethics are integral parts of the program of study. In this way, the focus is solidly STSE (exploring the relationship between Science, Technology, Society, and Energy).

Renewable Energies supports courses from within the curriculum (see Step 2D) and will provide avenues in which students are able to integrate these objectives into the following proposed courses:

  • Foundations of Renewable Energies/ Green Technology
  • Wind Energy Technology
  • Solar Energy Technology
  • Advanced Solar and Wind Energy Generation
  • OPTIONAL- Field Experience or Civic Engagement Activity – Capstone Project (action-research, civic engagement, or employee development focused.)

Students are expected to:

  1. Apply Construction core competencies to the construction and maintenance of the renewable energy technologies.
  2. Define and apply electric theories and principles to industry with a focus on renewable energy.
  3. Investigate and analyze energy production of renewable energy technologies using electrical principles to support their analysis.
  4. Investigate and analyze energy conservation measures (ECMs) and energy efficient / Renewable energy technologies and make recommendations in simulated and authentic scenarios.
  5. Apply scientific and social science principles to analyze and interpret the feasibility and impacts of proposed renewable energy technology measures.
  6. Examine sustainability principles and passive design as a system with renewable energy technologies.
  7. Practice safety precautions in laboratory and authentic activities in compliance with local, regional, and national regulations and best practices.
  8. Perform baseline measurements using utility data, weather data, modeling software, and spreadsheets and make recommendations for ECMs.

Enrollment in the program is limited. Students are accepted to STEM Academy programs through a competitive application process in the spring of their 8th grade school year.

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Masonry

Program Of Study Sheet

Program Overview:  

The Construction Trades pathway programs are CTE programs based on the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) standards that leads to a national certification for those students who successfully complete Level I and/or Level II curriculum.    The program prepares students for further education and careers in the construction industry, specifically in:

  • Masonry

Additional curriculum modules covering project management and project supervision as it relates to all areas of Construction Trades are offered as supplemental resources and support articulation to postsecondary Construction Management programs.

Schools offering any of the Construction Trades Pathway Program options must complete the NCCER accreditation process and ensure students have access to certification through the NCCER National Registry.  As part of the accreditation process, NCCER has developed the Instructor Certification Training Program (ICTP).  This program ensures the uniform delivery of training.  All teachers in the program receive training and are certified as instructor and to administer NCCER assessments.

The CTE Pathway Programs are supported by an industry sponsor as required by NCCER.  The sponsor provides oversight to the program, specifically providing assurances for instructor certification, assessment administration, and on-going support and evaluation of program quality.  The Accredited Training Sponsor,  Eastern Shore Builders Association , was declared as an Accredited Training & Education Facility in the spring, 2006.

All pathway options start with the NCCER Core Curriculum for Construction.  This provides a strong foundation for all students entering the career field.  After the first credit/course, students must pass the National Construction Career Test (NCCT) for the Core and then proceed into a specific trade option. In support of the curriculum package, students in the program spend approximately 25% of their time in integrated hands-on experience working on construction projects at the school and on the work-site.

Students who successfully complete each level of the curriculum and related NNCT are certified through the NCCER National Registry. Craft Levels I and II meet the Apprenticeship Training requirements, as specified by the Employer and Labor Services (formerly Bureau of Apprenticeship Training) for classroom–related training.  The NCCER ContrenTM Learning Series prepares students for entry into their selected career pathway and for further study and training through apprenticeship providers and through articulation agreements with community colleges.

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Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration

Program Overview:  

Programs Of Study Sheet

The Construction Trades pathway programs are CTE programs based on the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) standards that leads to a national certification for those students who successfully complete Level I and/or Level II curriculum.    The program prepares students for further education and careers in the construction industry, specifically in:

  • Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning (HVAC)

Additional curriculum modules covering project management and project supervision as it relates to all areas of Construction Trades are offered as supplemental resources and support articulation to postsecondary Construction Management programs.

Schools offering any of the Construction Pathway Program options must complete the NCCER accreditation process and ensure students have access to certification through the NCCER National Registry.  As part of the accreditation process, NCCER has developed the Instructor Certification Training Program (ICTP).  This program ensures the uniform delivery of training.  All teachers in the program receive training and are certified as instructor and to administer NCCER assessments.

The CTE Pathway Programs are supported by an industry sponsor as required by NCCER.  The sponsor provides oversight to the program, specifically providing assurances for instructor certification, assessment administration, and on-going support and evaluation of program quality.

All pathway options start with the NCCER Core Curriculum for Construction.  This provides a strong foundation for all students entering the career field.  After the first credit/course, students must pass the National Construction Career Test (NCCT) for the Core and then proceed into a specific trade option. In support of the curriculum package, students in the program spend approximately 25% of their time in integrated hands-on experience working on construction projects at the school and on the work-site.

Students who successfully complete each level of the curriculum and related NNCT are certified through the NCCER National Registry. Craft Levels I and II meet the Apprenticeship Training requirements, as specified by the Employer and Labor Services (formerly Bureau of Apprenticeship Training) for classroom–related training.  The NCCER ContrenTM Learning Series prepares students for entry into their selected career pathway and for further study and training through apprenticeship providers and through articulation agreements with community colleges.

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Carpentry

Program Overview:  

Program Of Study Sheet

The Construction Trades pathway programs are CTE programs based on the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) standards that leads to a national certification for those students who successfully complete Level I and/or Level II curriculum.    The program prepares students for further education and careers in the construction industry, specifically in:

  • Carpentry

Additional curriculum modules covering project management and project supervision as it relates to all areas of Construction Trades are offered as supplemental resources and support articulation to postsecondary Construction Management programs.

Schools offering any of the Construction Trades Pathway Program options must complete the NCCER accreditation process and ensure students have access to certification through the NCCER National Registry.  As part of the accreditation process, NCCER has developed the Instructor Certification Training Program (ICTP).  This program ensures the uniform delivery of training.  All teachers in the program receive training and are certified as instructor and to administer NCCER assessments.

The CTE Pathway Programs are supported by an industry sponsor as required by NCCER.  The sponsor provides oversight to the program, specifically providing assurances for instructor certification, assessment administration, and on-going support and evaluation of program quality.  The Accredited Training Sponsor,  Eastern Shore Builders Association , was declared as an Accredited Training & Education Facility in the spring, 2006.

All pathway options start with the NCCER Core Curriculum for Construction.  This provides a strong foundation for all students entering the career field.  After the first credit/course, students must pass the National Construction Career Test (NCCT) for the Core and then proceed into a specific trade option. In support of the curriculum package, students in the program spend approximately 25% of their time in integrated hands-on experience working on construction projects at the school and on the work-site.

Students who successfully complete each level of the curriculum and related NCCT are certified through the NCCER National Registry. Craft Levels I and II meet the Apprenticeship Training requirements, as specified by the Employer and Labor Services (formerly Bureau of Apprenticeship Training) for classroom–related training.  The NCCER ContrenTM Learning Series prepares students for entry into their selected career pathway and for further study and training through apprenticeship providers and through articulation agreements with community colleges.

 

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Welding

Program Overview:  

Program Of Study Sheet

The Construction Trades pathway programs are CTE programs based on the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) standards that leads to a national certification for those students who successfully complete Level I and/or Level II curriculum.    The program prepares students for further education and careers in the construction industry, specifically in:

  • Welding

Additional curriculum modules covering project management and project supervision as it relates to all areas of Construction Trades are offered as supplemental resources and support articulation to postsecondary Construction Management programs.

Schools offering any of the Construction Pathway Program options must complete the NCCER accreditation process and ensure students have access to certification through the NCCER National Registry.  As part of the accreditation process, NCCER has developed the Instructor Certification Training Program (ICTP).  This program ensures the uniform delivery of training.  All teachers in the program receive training and are certified as instructor and to administer NCCER assessments.

The CTE Pathway Programs are supported by an industry sponsor as required by NCCER.  The sponsor provides oversight to the program, specifically providing assurances for instructor certification, assessment administration, and on-going support and evaluation of program quality.  The Accredited Training Sponsor,  ABC Association of Builders and Contractors was declared as an Accredited Training & Education Facility in  June 2010.

All pathway options start with the NCCER Core Curriculum for Construction.  This provides a strong foundation for all students entering the career field.  After the first credit/course, students must pass the National Construction Career Test (NCCT) for the Core and then proceed into a specific trade option. In support of the curriculum package, students in the program spend approximately 25% of their time in integrated hands-on experience working on construction projects at the school and on the work-site.

Students who successfully complete each level of the curriculum and related NNCT are certified through the NCCER National Registry. Craft Levels I and II meet the Apprenticeship Training requirements, as specified by the Employer and Labor Services (formerly Bureau of Apprenticeship Training) for classroom–related training.  The NCCER ContrenTM Learning Series prepares students for entry into their selected career pathway and for further study and training through apprenticeship providers and through articulation agreements with community colleges.

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