• Course Description

    Students will be introduced to safety, building repair, preventative maintenance, general building upkeep, and problem solving. An emphasis on safety will accompany lessons on responding to supervision and following specific instructions. Additionally, they will focus on gaining skills in job seeking, application completion, and interviewing.
  • Prerequisites at the time of Senior Year Enrollment:

    Minimum of 11 core credits (2.5 must be English), completion of Construction Innovations or previous construction-related coursework, 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 76% 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

    • Personal protective equipment
    • Hand tools
    • Hand held power tools
    • Stationary power tools
    • Table mitre saws
    • Computers
    • Bobcat Skid Steer Loader
    • Gas powered lawn equipment
    • Lumber, copper, PVC pipe and electrical wire 
    • Utility vehicles
    • Riding and push mowers

    Academic Materials

    • Introductory Craft Skills
    • NCCER Core Curriculum 
    • Google classroom and other online materials

    Uniform Requirements

    • Work boots, jeans or work pants, and a cotton shirt
    • Safety glasses must be worn at all times in the lab space
  • Paul Heumann

    Paul Heumann
    Construction Methods & Materials
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    Mr. Paul Heumann has been in the Construction industry for 17 years, and began teaching at South Tech High School in 1999. Prior to joining the Tech team, Mr. Heumann was a Brick and Stone Mason and is the South Tech High authorized OSHA outreach trainer. Paul also has extensive knowledge of many aspects of construction.



    Paul Petrus

    Paul Petrus
    Construction Trades
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    Mr. Petrus has been in the construction industry for over 30 years. He started out working for small remodeling companies during high school and college. Eventually he joined the Carpenters union and advanced to the level of journeyman. In 2008 he took an early retirement and began teaching at South Tech. As a member of South Tech he enjoys coming to work and sharing his experiences with his students.