Construction CTE Pathway

Construction CTE Pathway

The Construction pathway at Burlington High School offers students a hands-on education in various aspects of home maintenance, electricity, masonry, and carpentry. This pathway is designed to provide students with practical skills and knowledge essential for a career in the construction industry. Through a series of progressive courses, students gain experience in residential construction, learn about industry standards, and develop the skills needed for high-demand careers.

By completing the Construction pathway, students at Burlington High School are well-equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary for successful careers in the construction industry. They gain hands-on experience in various aspects of residential construction, learn to work as part of a team, and develop an understanding of industry standards and safety practices. Whether students choose to pursue further education or enter the workforce immediately, the Construction pathway provides a solid foundation for a wide range of career opportunities in construction.

Check out the 2024-25 Program of Studies for a complete list of course offerings and descriptions

Home Maintenance and Residential Electricity

The pathway begins with “Home Maintenance,” a foundational course that covers essential home upkeep projects, including electric wiring, plumbing, drywall, and painting. This course not only provides students with practical skills for maintaining a home but also introduces them to potential careers in the construction industry. Following this, “Residential Electricity” offers students an introduction to the basics of electricity. The course covers tools, materials, techniques, and codes used in residential buildings, providing a solid grounding in electrical work that is crucial for any construction professional.

Concrete and Masonry

“Concrete and Masonry” introduces students to the tools, skills, and techniques used when working with concrete and brick/mortar in the construction industry. This course emphasizes the practical aspects of masonry, allowing students to gain hands-on experience with materials that are fundamental to building construction. By learning to handle these materials, students develop a deeper understanding of the structural aspects of construction projects.

Carpentry 1, 2, and 3

The carpentry sequence begins with “Carpentry 1,” which focuses on using common construction tools and building upon the basic skills learned in Home Maintenance. Students learn basic framing, roofing, siding, shingling, and window installation. This course provides a comprehensive introduction to carpentry, preparing students for more advanced construction work.

“Carpentry 2” takes the skills learned in Carpentry 1 to the next level, teaching students the basics of residential construction. In this course, students work as a team to remodel an existing structure, gaining practical experience in residential carpentry. The program emphasizes high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand careers within the industry, ensuring that students are prepared for various career paths. Additionally, students earn the OSHA 10-Hour certification, highlighting the importance of jobsite safety.

“Carpentry 3” is the capstone course in the carpentry sequence. Students work as a team to build a home from foundation to completion, learning cutting-edge techniques used in both residential and commercial construction. The course places a strong emphasis on energy efficiency, sustainability, and environmentally friendly practices. At this level, students aim to increase their individual skills from proficient to mastery, preparing them for professional roles in the construction industry.