PAINTING. In this CTA students learn the basics of correct preparation for painting and staining. Students use spackle filler and putty knives to correct any imperfections. They mask the door and window trim areas. They learn the correct techniques for "cutting in" trim and applying paint with a roller. They also apply four types of stain then sand and apply finish.
WEATHERIZATION is one of the fastest growing Green construction trades. Millions of homes in the U.S. will require some form of weatherization. This high-activity CTA gives students the opportunity to understand the "whole-house" approach to weatherization. Students learn about the latest weatherization techniques and material applications. Students will demonstrate effective communication skills with the homeowner as an integral part of a successful weatherization project.
CONCRETE. In this CTA, students will identify and describe basic tools, equipment, and materials used in the concrete trade. They will gain an understanding of basic concrete and reinforcing applications. Students will prepare, form, reinforce and pour a concrete slab and curb, while exploring applied science and mathematics in the trade.
An Inside Look at the Paxton/Patterson BuildingSkills Program. Follow along as teachers and students demonstrate construction education in the classroom and discuss the benefits of career and technical skills. Learn more at http://www.paxtonpatterson.com/construction-education.aspx
COMMUNICATIONS. In this CTA, students will identify basic tools and equipment used for communication systems in structures. They will identify and describe applications of communication systems, understand installation techniques for cable and internet connections, telephone, security and lighting systems. Science and applied mathematics will be explored.
CABINETMAKING. In this CTA, students will identify basic tools and equipment used in the cabinetmaking trade. They will identify and describe materials used in cabinetmaking, understand basic techniques, and design and build a sample cabinet using 32mm technology. Students also explore the applied mathematics of cabinetmaking.
ESTIMATION SKILLS. Students perform material estimations for the construction of a simple house and considerations for sustainability. They will calculate: yards of concrete, the number of rafters, studs and plating, plumbing and electrical fixtures, doors and windows and the quantity of roofing materials. The estimate is totaled and presented to the instructor for review. Students calculate the cost of their labor and the materials they are using.
HVAC. Students will explore the relationship between electricity consumprion and heating and cooling output using meters and testing devices. Using the HVAC trainer students will gain an understanding of the basics of thermodynamics and explore the properties of convection, conduction and radiation.
DRYWALL. In this CTA, students assemble a steel stud wall as the basis for the rest of the activities. Using an abrasive saw and steel studs, students measure and cut stud sections and then fasten them in place with a drill and screws. After squaring the wall, students cut and hang drywall pieces to form a butt joint, taper joint, and inside and outside corners. Students apply tape, fit corner beading, and apply joint filler. Then they sand and apply different types of decorative finish.