Architecture & Construction

Careers in the architecture and construction career cluster involve designing and building homes, roads, and other structures.

Programs

Carpentry

This two-year course, designed for individuals interested in the construction trades, emphasizes residential construction theory. Among the topics covered in the program are blueprint reading, construction math, framing, and rafter layout. Students have the opportunity to learn and provide assistance with site layout, framing, exterior and interior finishing, and stair building. Students gain experience working on construction sites with professional building contractors. This course is offered at Rondout Valley High School.

Carpentry tudents assemble a frame

Academics & Certificates:

Academic instruction in NYS Common Core English language arts, mathematics, and science is integrated into the curriculum. Students can earn credits for English, math, and science.

College Credit Opportunities:

Articulation agreements are currently being pursued.

Electrical Construction & Maintenance

Get charged up working under the supervision of a Licensed Master Electrician while preparing to enter the electrical field as an apprentice. Students enrolled in the Electrical Construction & Maintenance program gain the knowledge and skills to prepare them for a wide variety of career paths mainly in the residential, industrial, and commercial trade areas. Some of the many topics touched upon in this extensive program’s curriculum include industrial safety, electrical theory, the National Electrical Code, and blueprint reading, as well as motor controls. Students will also learn theory and practice of photovoltaic installation. In addition to classroom learning, a large percentage of students’ time is spent on hands-on projects in the shop area at the Career & Technical Center and at off-campus work sites for nonprofit groups such as local fire departments and Habitat for Humanity.

Electrical Construction student installs an outlet

Academics & Certificates:

Academic instruction in NYS Common Core English language arts, mathematics, and science is integrated into the curriculum. Students can earn credits for English, math, and science. Students also have the opportunity to earn an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Construction Certificate.

COLLEGE CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES:

Students have the potential to earn 3-6 college credits through articulation agreements with SUNY Delhi and Hudson Valley Community College. Additional articulation agreements are always being pursued.

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Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC)

Students in this program will gain the necessary technical and management skills to enter the field of Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC). Coursework includes science principles; electrical concepts; manifold gauge reading and interpretation; electrical troubleshooting; performance evaluation of refrigeration cycle; AC cycle and heat pump; heating systems, oil, and gas; soldering/brazing procedures; environment refrigerant handling; human and customer relations; paperwork proficiency; charting pressure/temperature, psychometrics, and enthalpy; sheet metal work; and ductulator and HVAC servicing. Alternative energy, including geo-thermal and photovoltaic, is also explored.

Students practice on ventilation unit

Academics & Certificates:

Academic instruction in NYS Common Core English language arts, mathematics, and science is integrated into the curriculum. Students can earn credits for English, math, and science. Through the HVAC program, students also have the potential to receive certificates from the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 608, 609, and 410A.

College Credit Opportunities:

Students have the potential to earn 3-6 college credits through articulation agreements with SUNY Delhi and Hudson Valley Community College. Additional articulation agreements are always being pursued.

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