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:
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.
Students will learn the basic elements to help them be successful in the building industry. These elements include but are limited to such topics as basic safety, introduction to construction math, introduction to hand and power tools, introduction to blueprints, basic rigging, and basic communication and employability skills.
Level I beings the training in the oxy-acetylene and shielded metal arc welding processes. Throughout the program, emphasis is placed on all aspects of welding safety. Reading and writing assignments, class room lecture, and shop demonstrations are used to help bridge theory to the performance of welding processes and related topics. Students perform torch fusion welding and brazing, and basic Shielding Metal Arc Welding (SMAW). Students also experience the processes of cutting metal using the oxy-acetylene cutting torch and the plasma arc cutting systems.
Instruction and practice allow Level II students to advance their skills in the SMAW process including performing out of position welding. They train in the Mig welding process using both solid core and flux core welding wire. Students also begin the Tig process by welding carbon steel, aluminum, and stainless steel.