Wood Working and Construction Classes for High School Students

Want to learn more about wood working or construction?

The wood working classes at CCHEC are not your dad or mom’s high school shop classes! Students learn how to safely use commercial level power tools before they begin working with wood. Once certified, they learn increasingly nuanced wood working techniques to build furniture that will be used in local homes and businesses. Advanced classes resemble a professional wood working studio with a division of labor and team-built products. Students who plan to use wood working skills as hobbyists will be well-prepared; students who plan to make a career in wood working will graduate with a set of skills that will make them sterling employees.

Contact your high school counselor to get started.


Wood Working Basics

This is a one semester course open to all students, offered fall and spring semesters. 

This course will provide students with a foundation to develop his/her skills of wood working concepts. Students will become familiar with the design, process flow, tools, equipment, typical joints and joinery procedures.  Wood species identification and wood panel products are studied and learned. Students will be able to participate in the planning and construction of various shop projects contingent upon passing a basic safety test and becoming certified on the use of the shop tools and equipment.


Wood Working II

Prerequisite:  Completion and passing of Wood Working Basics. The course is a two-period block class, one semester, offered both fall and spring semesters.

This course is a continuation of Wood Working Basics, focused on cabinet construction methods while working as a team, as if in the workplace. The students will be exposed to a real workplace environment. They will design, build, and sometimes install various products for local customers.


Wood Working III

Prerequisite:  Completion and passing of Wood Working II. 

Co/Prerequisite: CAD I

This course is a two-period block class, one semester, offered both fall and spring semesters.

This is a one semester course and is a continuation from Wood Working II, emphasizing wood product design and manufacturing.


Advanced Wood Working

Prerequisite:  Completion and passing of Wood Working III. 

The course is a two-period block class, one semester, offered both fall and spring semesters.

This is a one semester course and is a continuation of Wood Working III, emphasizing wood design and manufacturing.


Construction Certification I

Pre-requisite: Completion and passing of Wood Working Basics. 

This class is a one period, one semester class. 

General construction laborers perform a wide variety of activities during all phases of construction. They assist carpenters and other specialized contractors in framing, roofing, and interior and exterior finishing during the building and/or remodeling of residential and commercial structures. They read blueprints, sketches and specifications for information pertaining to dimensions, types of materials required and standards of work. General construction laborers work with a variety of hand tools, power tools and equipment. They work in a variety of physically demanding situations including weather extremes, heights and enclosed areas.

This class will teach students how to:

  • Practice safe work habits
  • Develop blueprint reading skills
  • Assemble floor, wall, roof and stair systems
  • Install interior and exterior finishes.
  • Apply various moisture and vapor management techniques

Construction Certification II

Pre-requisite: Completion and passing of Wood Working Basics and completion of Construction Certification I. 

This class is a one period, one semester class. Carpenters construct, install, erect and repair structures to comply with all existing codes and in a manner that exhibits skill and craftsmanship. They read blueprints, sketches and specifications for information pertaining to dimensions, types of materials required and standards of work. Carpenters work with a variety of hand tools, power tools and equipment. They work in a variety of physically demanding situations including weather extremes, heights and enclosed areas. A carpenter may be skilled in framing, interior and exterior finishing, constructing of residential and commercial buildings.

This class will teach students how to:

  • Practice safe work habits
  • Develop blueprint reading skills
  • Assemble floor, wall, roof and stair systems
  • Install windows and doors
  • Install interior trim
  • Apply sustainable/energy efficient building practices
  • Develop an awareness of environmental responsibility
  • Exhibit professionalism and related soft skills

Projects

From tables, to cabinets and benches, to a graduation cap holder, to completing a full kitchen, our woodworking students pride themselves in completing project after project.