Construction Technology

Construction Technology

Students learn about safety, hand tools, professional constuction/job site standards and and working together as a crew member/team player. They apply reading, writing, and math skills to estimating, building techniques and blueprint reading.

Students are exposed to careers available in the construction trades and apprenticeship opportunities related to the construction industry.

Over the scope and sequence of the program, students are involved on site building a structure (garages, additions, storage buildings - pretty much anything that needs to be built the students, with supervision, can do).

In 2017-18, the Construction Technology program collaborated with Lake Superior College's Construction Technology program on contruction of a housing unit off Haines Road. 

Programs are offered to students attending Duluth East and Denfeld.  If coursework is carried out at a school then the courses are located at Duluth East. Transportation is provided to Denfeld students to and from the Duluth East campus (or current work site).   

Courses:

  • Construction Tech 1:  An introductory course providing a “hands-on” experience in carpentry, electrical, plumbing, heating, sheet rocking, and taping, painting, and cabinet installation. Most learning takes place on a construction site in the community, building homes and/or working on rehabilitation projects for nonprofit organizations. Students will increase math abilities related to the trade and construct residential dwellings to meet codes while interpreting blue prints. 
  • Construction Tech 2:  Provides students with advanced skills, tools, and knowledge in current home construction techniques. Students will build a home and/or work on rehabilitation projects for nonprofit organizations. In addition, students will increase their skill levels in all trades and understand mathematical applications as applied to estimating materials so work on projects can progress in an orderly and coordinated schedule. Most learning will take place on a job-site located within the community. Students may participate in an optional youth apprenticeship/internship with a trade organization, if selected.
  • Construction Tech 3: Provides students with leadership roles and final skill development on the job site.  Students will work independently under the direction of instructor on tasks and duties often associated with entry-level apprentice skills.  Students will work on the job-site with beginning students and serve as mentor and lead on build projects. Students will share their skill levels in all aspects of the build and understand mathematical applications as applied to estimating materials so work on projects can progress in an orderly and coordinated schedule. Most learning will take place on a job-site located within the community. Students at this level are expected to participate in an  youth apprenticeship/internship with a trade organization either during or upon completion of this course.

 Related Careers

Typical Education Required

Average Wage

Brickmason and Stonemason Helpers

Less than high school

$16.69/hour

Brickmasons and Blockmasons

High school diploma or equivalent

$31.88/hour

Carpenter Helpers

Less than high school

$14.14/hour

Carpenters

High school diploma or equivalent

$21.74/hour

Carpet Installers

Less than high school

$30.93/hour

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Registered Apprenticeships
A structured way of learning a skilled occupation, combining on-the-job training with classroom instruction.

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Planning a Building Project?  Help Students Learn a Career in Construction!
The Construction Technology class is interested in locating potential building projects in the Duluth area. Contact the teacher, Mr. Tony Leone, at 336-8700 ext 4082 regarding potential/future projects.