Construction Trades

Course Description:

The construction trades course includes customary procedures and methods used by the workers in the trade. The emphasis is placed on the proper use of tools, equipment, and materials. You get repetitive training on various trade operations used to develop the accuracy, neatness, and speed needed by carpenters. Some other related academic information includes trade theory, application of blueprint reading, and mathematics is an important part of the program.

Students have the opportunity to analyze problems encountered in the trade and plan their solution. Students learn to work with hand tools, machines and materials commonly used in the trade. Emphasis is placed on laying out buildings, rough framing, roof construction, exterior finish, hanging of doors, interior finish, and concrete forms. The students do practice work with full size doors, stairs, concrete forms, interior trim, paneling, and cornices. Students are provided with detailed instruction in the logical order of the construction of a house throughout the building of models and full size construction.

Skills Learned:

Some of the skills a student will be able to perform are fundamental tool process, laying out buildings, and framing. Other skills have to deal with house construction. Some of these skills are roof construction, exterior finish work and interior finish work. They also do stair construction, concrete forms, and machine operation and assembly.

Related Occupations and Earnings:

Related occupations include Carpenters, Job Supervisors, Cabinet Maker and Roofer. Earnings range between $12-$22/hour.

Post-Secondary Opportunities:

Articulated credits can be earned toward an Associate’s Degree at Institutions such as Commonwealth Technical Institute, Johnson College and Orleans Technical Institute.


Mr. Miller – Construction Trades Instructor
Phone Number – 724-925-3532 x. 1342
Office Hours: 7:15am to 7:45am
10:45am to 10:55am
2:30pm to 2:45pm
Please leave a voicemail message outside of these times.

Suggested Prerequisites:

Industry & Skills Certifications:

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Pennsylvania Youth Survey

Passive Parental/Caregiver Permission Letter

Dear Parent or Guardian:

Our school is taking part in the 2021 Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) sponsored by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. The survey will ask questions about the behaviors of students in the 10th, and 12th grades, including questions about school climate, violence, depression, bullying, and substance abuse. 

The information we receive will assist us and our community partners in working to prevent adolescent drug use and other problem behaviors. We want to ensure that all parents and caregivers are notified that the survey is being conducted and provide you with as much information about the survey as possible.  As a parent or caregiver, you have the right to prohibit your child’s participation. The following facts about the survey will help you make an informed decision about your child’s participation:

Participation in this survey is completely voluntary. Students will be instructed by their proctor that they can skip any questions they do not understand or choose not to answer. If they have any questions or concerns after taking this survey, they are instructed to talk with their school counselor or a trusted adult.

The survey is designed to protect each student’s privacy. It is anonymous and confidential. Students will not put their names on the survey, and no student will ever have their individual responses reported. 

The survey is well tested, having been administered to over 1,000,000 Pennsylvania students since the 1990’s. The information collected has proved invaluable to prevention planners in selecting programming to promote healthy youth development.

You can request a list of the survey questions by visiting this link: For more information about the survey, including a list of Frequently Asked Questions, please visit then click on “2021.”

The survey will be administered during the school day later this fall and will take one class period to complete.  If you do not want your child to participate, please submit your request to [email protected] or in writing to the CWCTC.

Thank you for your help in our efforts to keep our schools drug free and safe for learning. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Darcy Szymkiewicz  724.925.3532 ext 1360.

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