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Program of Study

The Structural Systems Program of Study (POS) prepares students with the knowledge and skills related to residential and commercial carpentry. Course content covers interpretation of blueprints; basic and advanced framing; physics of structural loads; coverings and interior/exterior finishes; estimating and scheduling techniques; and green building. The Construction Practicum allows students the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge learned in previous courses within a professional, working environment.

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  • Fundamentals of Construction (6073) 

Fundamentals of Construction develops basic principles of structures and construction and provides a foundation for the ongoing exploration in upper level technology/structures courses. The course introduces students to the opportunities in and the requirements of the construction industry. Topics include safety; history of architecture and construction; economic outlook for construction; career opportunities; construction math; construction tools, equipment and materials; and shop drawings and specifications.

  • Structural Systems I (6164) 

Structural Systems I introduces materials and methods of building construction and basic building assemblies and their elements. Topics include regulatory codes; types of structural systems; wood framing materials and methods; tools and equipment; fundamentals of blueprint reading for estimating; and construction framing systems, including floor, wall, ceiling, roof, and stairs; and energy conservation.

  • Structural Systems II (6165) 

Structural Systems II is an upper-level course that explores advanced framing; the physics of structural loads; and the coverings and interior/exterior finishes of structural systems. Areas of concentration include jobsite safety and maintenance of safety records; tool and equipment selection; Contractor's Licensing Board's policies/requirements; gravity and lateral loads; cold-formed steel framing; exterior finishing; thermal and moisture protection; roofing applications; windows, doors, and door hardware; drywall installation and finishing; trim; cabinet installation; green building; construction drawing and specifications, and project management.

  • Construction Practicum (6160) 

Construction Practicum provides students with the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge learned in previous Structural Systems courses within a profession, working environment.


Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) are an integral curriculum component of each Career and Technical Education Program of Study (POS). CTSOs provide students the chance to see and experience what it takes to succeed, not just in terms of academic knowledge, but in terms of leadership, communications, and other "soft" skills that are the foundation of future success. Students who participate in CTSOs can experience the relationship between classroom and the business world; build business and community contacts who may become role models, mentors, and employers; lead, coordinate, and participate in school and community projects; and apply skills gained in a CTSO to their personal lives.

In the Structural Systems POS, the CTSO is SkillsUSA which is a national partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. SkillsUSA's mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA complements technical skills training with building employability skills such as self-confidence, teamwork, communication, and leadership.