Programs in the Construction and Development cluster are based on the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) standards and prepare students for careers in construction management, the wide range of construction trades professions, and construction maintenance professions. Students can pursue careers in Construction Design and Management, Masonry, Carpentry, Electrical, Plumbing, Industrial Manintenance, HVAC, and Welding with class instruction and hands-on learning. Various work-based learning opportunities are offered to students in these programs and graduates can meet Apprenticeship Training requirements and earn industry certification and college credit through articulation agreements with community colleges . Students have the opportunity to participate in various activities and competitions outside of the classroom through membership in the SkillsUSA student organization. See where Construction and Development programs are offered in Maryland.
The increasing development of HVAC (heating and air-conditioning systems) technology causes employers to recognize the importance of continuous education and keeping up to speed with the latest equipment and skills. The HVAC program provides an advantage in this industry and a higher qualification for employment. NCCER’s program has been designed to present theoretical and practical skills essential to your success as an HVAC installer or technician.
Industrial maintenance electrical and instrumentation (IM E&I) technicians are needed in every industry that uses machinery, from automotive assembly plants to computer manufacturers. Not only do they repair and maintain electrical instruments and equipment, they also install and dismantle them. Every time a new appliance leaves a factory or a new car rolls off the line, a skilled electrical and instrumentation technicians played a role in producing it.
Technology is creating more uses for welding in the workplace. For example, new ways are being developed to bond dissimilar materials and non-metallic materials, such as plastics, composites, and new alloys. Also, advances in laser beam and electron beam welding, new fluxes, and other new technologies and techniques all point to an increasing need for highly trained and skilled workers.