Program Description:

This program is designed to prepare students for entry level positions in the construction industry. A combination of theory and hands-on experiences are applied with the construction of several projects. During the 1st year, students receive instruction in safety, hand and power tool usage, construction mathematics, building codes and building plans.  Projects include building a carpenter’s toolbox, designing a set of building plans, building a shed and scale model house, and working off campus on a house project. During the 2nd year, students receive advanced instruction in safety, pneumatic tool usage, construction mathematics, and interpretation of engineered building plans. The second year program provides the opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and skills through the construction of a residential home including site preparation, foundation construction, floor and wall construction, roof construction, siding, trim, windows and door installation.  In addition, students are given the opportunity to work with the sub-contractor, including electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and roofing.

Students enrolled in the Construction Technology program, during a two-year program, will learn:

  • Shop and job site safety

  • Construction mathematics and measuring

  • Tool safety and usage

  • Building plans design

  • Building Codes

  • Building materials

  • Cost estimation

  • Build a shed

  • Build a scale model house

  • Build a large structure such as a house, shop, barn, etc.

  • Professionalism skills

Program Benefits:

  • 3 High School credits

  • High school credit equivalency (1.0 Program Study of Math at the discretion of the sending school district)

  • Competency certificate

  • Leadership opportunities

  • Entry level job skills

  • Preparation for next level of education/training

  • Opportunity for scholarships

  • Considered a pre-apprenticeship program for several union and non-union apprenticeship programs.

Industry Certifications Available:

  • WA State Precision Exams

    • 21st Century Skills Certification

    • Carpentry

    • Construction Technology

  • OHSA 10

Construction Technology I

  • Reading proficiency at 9th grade level

  • Must have successfully completed Algebra 1 or Integrated Math 1

  • Excellent high school attendance record

Construction Technology II

  • Must pass 1st year program and be recommended by the instructor; limited space available

Note: Upon acceptance into the program, student and parent/guardian are required to attend the orientation at Cascadia Tech Academy.

Lab Time/Theory Time:
Approximately 20 percent theory and 80 percent lab

One or two hours each week

 Career Opportunities:

  • Apprentice in various trades:

    • Carpentry

    • Electrical

    • Plumbing

    • HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning)

    • Mason / Tile

    • Concrete

    • Roofer

    • And many more…

  • Become a general contractor, building inspector, or project manager

Credit Equivalencies and College Credit:
Pre-Apprenticeship Program with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries
Click here to learn more about credit equivalencies.
Click here to learn more about the articulation agreements and college credits available for each program.

Program Supply List / Student Costs:
Please plan ahead. Some programs require that uniforms, supplies, and other program-specific related items be purchased or completed prior to the first day of school. To access the list for this program’s uniform, supply and other program related costs please click here.

Note: It is recommended that all students attending Cascadia Technical Academy have medical insurance. Family medical insurance or student accident insurance is required for students participating in internships or clinicals.  Student accident insurance is available through the sending high school.

If you have concerns regarding these expenses, please see Melissa Downing.  There are funds available for qualifying students. Ms. Downing can be reached at 360-604-1062 or at Ms. Downing is available during the school year when school is in session.