Construction

The Construction cluster is comprised of four majors - Carpentry, Electrical, Masonry, and Plumbing.

Carpentry

The Carpentry program provides instruction in finish carpentry, house construction, remodeling and current building codes. Carpentry students are instructed in the use of basic hand tools, portable and stationary power equipment, estimation and use of building materials, millwork fabrication, project lay-out and design. Students (in their senior year) are also involved in various school remodeling projects as well as projects for municipalities and non-profits within the Whittier School District. In addition to technical knowledge, students are instructed in the areas of  occupational safety and health, employability, and entrepreneurship leading to varied career opportunities. 

Successful completion of the Carpentry program will satisfy one of the three years of experience required by the state for Construction Supervisor certification. 

In addition, graduates of the program can apply to the Boston Carpenters Apprenticeship & Training Fund (BCATF), the Eastern Massachusetts Carpenters Apprenticeship & Training Fund, and the Construction Craft Laborers Apprenticeship Program & Training Committees (JATC). Graduates who meet the standards for admission have the opportunity for accelerated advancement through these programs. 

After graduation, students are employable as framers, finish carpenters, cabinetmakers, remodelers, dry wallers, siders, and lumberyard employees involved with distribution and sales. 

For a complete description of our programs, please refer to the complete Program of Studies.

Electrical

Students in the Electrical program learn the fundamentals of electrical circuitry and the laws that govern electricity. Course content includes electrical theory, electrical building code, safety practices, and installation techniques. 

Upon successful completion of the Electrical program, students will become proficient in “all aspects” of the electrical trade. These areas include: 

  • Safety/health skills to perform work with the awareness of safety in the workplace.
  • Technical knowledge and skills in the areas of residential, commercial and industrial circuitry, applicable electrical codes and theories of electricity, with the support of related instruction.
  • Employability knowledge and skills, which develop good work ethics, communication, and problem solving skills.
  • Management and entrepreneurship knowledge and skills by developing a business plan and understanding the requirements to own and operate a business.
  • In addition, students will receive over 1,000 hours practical experience and 150 hours of theory code toward licensure from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of State Examiners of Electricians.

Upon graduation from the Electrical program, students will have opportunities to enter the workforce as electrical apprentices for employment with electrical contractors, systems contractors, and electrical supply distributors, working toward the goal of licensure. 

Students will also have the opportunity to attend two and four year colleges and evening technical continuing education courses. 

For a complete description of our programs, please refer to the complete Program of Studies.

Masonry

The Masonry trade produces some of the highest paid workers in the construction industry. Many people are successful in the building and construction trades because they enjoy active, hands-on work with variety. 

Students receive instruction in working with brick, block, stone, tile, and concrete, as well as hands-on training in the proper use of hand and power tools. The curriculum combines theory with practical application. In addition, students will also develop skills in blueprint reading and estimating. Masonry knowledge is an integral part of the curriculum for several professional and graduate certificates in Construction Management. 

Career Opportunities include: Local 3 - Union Apprenticeship Program, bricklayers, stonemasons, cement finishers, tile setters, salespersons, construction management, general contractors, design professionals, cost estimators and more. 

Many of our graduates have found success by becoming skilled journey workers through the Local 3 Apprenticeship Program. 

For a complete description of our programs, please refer to the complete Program of Studies.

Plumbing and Heating

In the Plumbing and Heating program students are trained in all phases of commercial and residential plumbing, including tool and material recognition, drain installations, and the installation of forced hot water and steam heating systems. Students are also trained to install water lines and gas lines. Further instruction is provided for the students in the Massachusetts State Plumbing Code, plumbing and heating theory, and the safe use of required hand and power tools. Students also learn the use of gas torches for welding, soldering and brazing. 

Upon graduation from this program, students complete Tier I and II of the five tier state mandated plumbing apprenticeship training program and receive over 1000 hours practical work experience.

Career opportunities include positions as: apprentice plumbers, journeyman plumbers, estimators, plumbing tool and supply sales positions, plumbing inspectors, pipe fitters and gas fitters. 

Many of our graduates have found success through the Joint Apprenticeship Training Centers (JATC) programs including: Local 12 Plumbers and Gas Fitters, Local 537 Pipe Fitters, Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Oil Burners. 

For a complete description of our programs, please refer to the complete Program of Studies.

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