Architectural Drafting & Design (CAD)

Students will learn to create mechanical and architectural drawings using AutoCAD software. This course focuses on using computer systems in production drawings and related documentation for products and structures and in controlling automated production systems. The emphasis is placed on using modern computer applications rather than on developing job skills. Course content will attempt to address major themes such as: design documentation using CAD systems; assignments involving the interface of CAD, CAM, and CIM technologies; computer simulation of products and systems; animation and related multimedia applications; control technologies; and automation in the modern workplace.

Building Trades Tech I & II

Application required. Location Wawasee & Fairfield HS. Transportation may be provided. At Wawasee, Building Trades I & II meets periods 1 & 2 and pds 4 & 5. At Fairfield H.S., the class meets: morning class – 8:10 a.m. – 10:49 a.m. afternoon class – 12:32 p.m. – 3:05 p.m. Students may receive 18 dual credit hours at Ivy Tech Community college-Fort. Wayne. Students will be issued a certificate of attained skills at the end of the course.

Building Trades includes classroom and laboratory experiences related to the erection, installation, maintenance, and repair of buildings, homes, and other structures using assorted materials such as metal, wood, stone, brick, glass, concrete, and composition substances. The classroom/lab instruction provides a variety of activities such as cost estimating; cutting, fitting, fastening, and finishing various materials; the uses of a variety of hand and power tools; and, blueprint reading and following technical specifications. Knowledge concerning the physical properties of materials will also be covered.Courses covered under Building Trades Tech include: Masonry, Carpentry, Electric, Plumbing, Construction, and Building & Facilities Management. The sequence of courses will be offered as:

Building Trades I:

  • Tri 1 Construction Technology I
  • Tri 2 Construction Technology – Electrical I
  • Tri 3 Construction Technology HVAC I

Building Trades II:

  • Tri 1 Construction Technology II
  • Tri 2 Construction Technology – Electrical II
  • Tri 3 Construction Technology HVAC II

Geometry in Construction

This contextualized course adds the opportunity for students to apply academic learning to a real world application of construction. The rigors of a traditional Geometry classroom are given relevance through the construction activities used. Students will be team taught in both disciplines in an order that revolves around the Capstone Building Project. Students will work as a team to complete all the phases of construction from framing system to completed cabin ready for use. Electrical, plumbing, heating, and finish work will be included.

Intro to Construction Series

Construction Systems

The first course of this series will introduce students to the Industrial Technology/CTE program here at Wawasee High School. Individual projects and exercises will teach students to use the various Tools and Power Equipment in our new Lab facility. Basic Woodworking procedures and techniques will be shown with a strong emphasis on Shop safety. These skills will be used and enhanced as students advance through the next two courses in this sequence.

Furniture/Cabinet Making

The second course of this series prepares students in the assembly, production, and finishing of wood-worked products such as kitchen cabinets, windows, frames, molding, trim, and panels and furniture used in commercial and residential settings. Instruction provides training in the use of hand and power tools while emphasizing laying out and shaping stock; mass production and assembling methods; and, marking, binding, sawing, and sanding of wood products. Opportunities to sketch and design cabinets and furniture as well as repair used or damaged wooden articles will be provided to students. Instructional activities integrate the use of precision measuring skills as well as performance of related mathematical calculations needed in the design and manufacturing processes.

Construction Processes

The third course of this series is designed to help students understand how technology is used to produce our constructed environment. Buildings provide physical conditions people want and need for themselves, their activities, and their things. Structures in our environment include residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial buildings in addition to special purpose facilities built for displays, sports contests, and transportation terminals. Students will study construction topics such as preparing the site, doing earthwork, setting footings and foundations, building the superstructure, enclosing the structure, installing systems, finishing the structure, and completing the site.

Intro to Design Processes

This course introduces students to the Engineering Technology program at Wawasee High School. Students will learn sketching and drafting techniques used in designing. They will also learn to use tools and machinery through introductory projects. Intro to Design Processes is a specialized course that explores technological processes and employs creative problem solving in developing, engineering, testing, and communicating designs for products, structures, and systems. Classroom activities help students to understand the steps used to move an idea from a designer’s mind into a specified artifact, process, or system. Students will participate in design activities using critical thinking skills that require them to: identify problems; generate alternative solutions; select and refine the most plausible solution; develop specifications for the solution; model and test the solution; and present the final solution for approval.