• Course Description

    Students customize a year or semester of construction exploration to match their interests by choosing from a variety of quarter long courses which offer a solid foundation of basic knowledge and experience. Upon completion of the course, students can continue into an Advanced Construction course senior year.

  • Prerequisites at the Time of Junior Year Enrollment

    Minimum of 7 core credits (1.5 must be English), on track to graduate

  • Credits & Certifications Offered

    High School Credit
    • 3 CTE Year One


    • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) – 10 hour Construction Industry Certification
    *College credit and certification are not guaranteed. Their attainment is dependent on student performance in both the course and on external industry assessments. All certifications are through external agencies and the accommodations permitted will vary from assessment to assessment. Additionally, students must participate in the full two years of the program to be potentially eligible for all certifications listed.
  • How Will My Time Be Spent? 

    Program Year Classroom Time Lab Time
    CTE Year One 25% or less 75% or more
  • Tech is Real World Learning

    Students in this program learn through the use of a variety of industry grade tools and equipment and texts. Their real world labs also require uniforms and personal protective equipment.

    Tools & Equipment

    The Construction Innovations program allows students to rotate through a variety of courses introducing them to all of our construction offerings. They will use a variety of powered and non-powered tools and equipment. For a complete list, please review the following programs:

    Academic Materials

    • The PACT CORE Instructinal Guide - a postsecondary text
    • The PACT CORE Student Workbook - a postsecondary text

    Uniform Requirements

    • Work pants with a belt (no shorts or athletic pants)
    • Cotton shirt
    • Hard-soled, leather work boots
    • A high visibility vest will be provided
    • Hardhats and safety glasses will be provided and must be worn in the lab at all times.
  • Essential Skills Needed for Success

    Students learn the entry level skills necessary to prepare for post-secondary education and the highly competitive world of work. Traditionally, successful students have mastered the processing and/or physical skills listed below prior to enrollment.

    Core Essential Skills

    • Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, and geometry as well as their application

    • Demonstrate familiarity with tools

    • Have an awareness of personal safety in the shop, adhere to safety procedures and assume personal responsibility

    • Grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects and quickly move hands together with arm, or move two hands together

    • Make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects

    • Able to climb, lift and carry objects of 50 pounds or more, and handle taxing physical activity

    • Tolerate a construction environment which includes high places, small spaces, extreme temperatures, dirty spaces, loud noises, and a variety of construction-related smells

    • Able to see up close clearly

    • Able to stand and move for extended periods of time

    For a complete list of essential skills please review the Course Overview Guide.


    Matt Adams Matthew Adams
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    Mr. Adams graduated from the HVAC program and began teaching the class in 2016. Prior to working for Special School District, Matt worked for Unique Heating and Cooling and Farm Dairy Refrigeration.

    Pat Hanneken Pat Hanneken
    Construction Trades
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    Byron LaneByron Lane
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    Mr. Byron Lane began working at South Tech High School in 1999 and transferred to North Tech in 2008. After graduating from O’Fallon Technical High School, Mr. Lane joined the Carpenters Union and worked as a union carpenter for 11 years.

    George Merritt
    Electrical Trades
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    Prior to joining the North Tech Team, Mr. George Merritt worked at General Electric as an electrician for over 18 years. He graduated from Ranken College and earned a degree in instrumentation process and industrial electricity.

    James Schaeffer
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