Building Construction


Building Construction is designed to teach and develop basic skills required in the building and planning of residential structure. Also, a student will have an introduction to installation, design, standards of performance, selection of materials and cost estimating.


Quinn Martin



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Ext. 7239



Purple  1P

White  1W

Course Description (or elementary subject area)

This course is a basic or introduction course for students interested in the Construction Industry or for those students exploring career opportunities in Construction. Students will learn about the Building Industry with its many different fields. Students will learn about the different materials used in constructing a building and the technology that is related to each produce. Students will be expected to apply the knowledge learned from class assignments to a project in the lab. Students will be building small structures such as sheds, playhouses and small cabins. These projects are designed to give the student a sample of the Building Profession. This class is designed for Freshman and Sophomore students that are looking at Carpentry for a career, or Juniors and Seniors that are wanting too gain an understanding of the Construction process. This is a required class for the Applied Construction class for Junior and Seniors.

Career/Vocational Standards

Resources: Effective workers know how to allocate time, money, materials, facilities and human resources in both personal and workplace setting.

Interpersonal Skills: Effective workers can work on teams, teach others, communicate, lead and work with people from culturally diverse settings.

Information: Effective workers are expected to identify, assimilate, and integrate information from diverse sources: they prepare, maintain, and interpret qualitative records; they convert information from one to another and comfortable conveying information, orally and in writing, as need arises.

Systems: Effective workers understand social, organizational and technological systems. They understand how parts of systems are connected, anticipate consequences, monitor and correct performance, and design or improve systems.

Technology: Effective workers select equipment and tools, apply technology to specific tasks, and maintain and troubleshoot workplace technology.

Careers: Career development is the process through which an individual comes to understand his or her interests, knowledge, skills and aspirations and begins to make informed career decisions. The process consists at a minimum, of (1) career answers, (2) career exploration, (3) career planning/decision-making, and (4) career preparation. Students develop through a continuum of career awareness, career exploration, and work exposure activities that help them discern their own career path.

Performance Standard

•- Identify types of residential structures commonly constructed in the area.

•- Apply the principles of planning in solving specific construction problems.

•- Identify and demonstrate correct use of hand and power tools.

•- Identify and classify building materials.

•- Layout building lines using a set of plans, and tools.

•- Figure a bill of materials and estimate cost.

•- Construct a small structure following a set of plans. Such as a shed, play house or small cabin.

Building Construction

Units of Study





Intro to Building 4,5,6    4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 6.4   Unit test.

Construction   Light Construction and

 Heavy Construction.

Career in the    

Construction Industry.   2,6   2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, Develop a list of jobs in

  6.4   the construction field.

Tools and Equipment. 4,5 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3 Demonstrate proper use

  of tools and equipment.

Tool and Work Site 4,5   4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4 Tool safety test.


Plan Reading 3,4   3.1, 4.1 Plan reading contest.

Materials and Products 4,5   4.1, 4.2, 5.1   Library and internet search

  for materials and products

Estimating Materials and   1,3   1.3, 3.4   Create a bill of materials

Cost   for a product

Framing  3,4,5   3.4, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 5.4   Quizzed on terminology

  and evaluated on work.

Roofing   3,4,5   3.4, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 5.4 Quizzed on terminology

  and evaluated on work.

Exterior Finishes  3,4,5 3.4, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 5.4   Quizzed on terminology

  and evaluated on work.

Job Skills   1,2,3,6   1.2, 1.3, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 6.1   Write career goal, fill out job 

    6.2, 6.3, 6.4 application, and practice

  interview techniques.

Course Materials and Resources

Textbook:  Modern Carpentry by Wagner & Smith

Supplementary text: Carpentry by Leonard Koel

  Carpentry by Gasper Lewis & Floyd Vogt

  Practice Problems in Mathematics for Carpenters by Harry C. Huth

Tools needed:

  Nail pouch, hammer, square and tape measure.

Student and Parent Signature

Student Signature     Parent or Guardian Signature

_____________________ __________________________

Notice of Nondiscrimination:

Mountain View School District Number Four agrees to ensure equitable access and equitable participation in all District courses/classes. All district schools will effectively manage and creatively utilize resources necessary to Support student learning. The District's Board of Trustees is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in relation to race, gender, age, national origin, color or disability in admission to, or access to, or treatment in its educational programs or activities.



Mountain View High School

Applied Construction

Areas of Competency

Rating Scale:  4- Skilled, can work independently with no supervision.

  3- Moderately skilled, can perform job completely with limited supervision.

  2- Limited skill requires instruction and close supervision.

1- No skill or knowledge in this area.

0- No exposure or instruction in the area.


Scale Rating

1. Safety and tool use


2. Industry Introduction


3. Construction Materials


4.Site Layout, Footings and foundation


5. Floor Framing


6. Wall Framing


7. Roof Framing


8. Roofing


9. Exterior Finish


10. Interior Finish


11. Concrete Placement


12. Basic Design and Plan Reading


13. Building Code and Permits


14. Estimating Materials and Cost


15. Energy Efficient Construction


Instructor's Signature__________________________________________________   Date:______________