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.
Carpenters make up the largest building trades occupation in the industry and those with all-around skills are in high demand.
Carpenters are involved in many different kinds of construction activities, from building highways and bridges to installing kitchen cabinets. Carpenters construct, erect, install and repair structures and fixtures made from wood and other materials.
Students in this pathway learn the trade of an electrician and how to install electrical systems in structures. They have hands-on labs to install wiring and other electrical components, such as circuit breaker panels, switches and light fixtures in the lab. To prepare trainees a career in the electrical field. NCCER offers a comprehensive, curriculum that complies with time-based standards for apprenticeship.
The study of masonry is one of the world’s oldest and most respected crafts. Masonry construction existed for thousands of years. The remains of stone buildings date back 15,000 years, and the earliest manufactured bricks unearthed by archaeologists are more than 10,000 years old. These bricks were made of hand-shaped, dried mud. Among the most well known works of masons are the pyramids of ancient Egypt and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
Most people are familiar with plumbers who come to their home to unclog a drain or install an appliance. In addition to these activities, however, plumbers install, maintain, and repair many different types of pipe systems. For example, some systems move water to a municipal water treatment plant and then to residential, commercial, and public buildings. Pipes also are used in manufacturing plants, such as wineries, to move material through production processes.