Santa Barbara Unified School District

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Residential and Commercial Construction

Introductory Courses

Concentrator Courses

This course introduces students to architectural design principles as they are used to develop interior and exterior living areas. Units of work include: Basic elements of Architectural Design, introduction to Uniform Building Code standards, introduction to elements of fine arts as they pertain to Architectural Design, individual room and space planning, and the completion of a student portfolio which contains a completed set of working drawings for a two bedroom, one bath house. Plans will be completed using SketchUp and AutoCAD software. Sketches, floor plans, electrical plans, foundation plans, elevations, cross sections, details and site plans will be completed in this class. The purpose of our CAD course is to introduce students to the fields of drafting and engineering. They will become proficient at using drafting standards to create accurate multiview and 3D drawings by hand or with CAD software. Students will be prepared to confidently matriculate into entry level positions as engineering technicians and/or enroll as freshmen in university college majors such as: engineering, architecture, or landscape architecture. This class allows the student to experience CAD design using current industry based software, skills, and design aesthetics which can lead to a career in the engineering and/or architectural fields. Students will learn how to design and draw mechanical objects and floor plans using industry based techniques and methods; design and build models in both 2-D and 3-D; acquire spatial acuity and good design aesthetics, and understand the depth of knowledge necessary to pursue a post-secondary degree or career in the engineering/architectural fields.


Construction Technology 1 is a second of two course options in the Construction Technology and Design Pathway at Dos Pueblos. It is a year long elective course for 9-12 graders that integrates academic and technical preparation and focuses on career awareness, career exploration, and skill preparation in the Building Trades and Construction Industry. The knowledge and skills are acquired in a sequential, standards-based pathway program that integrates hands-on, project-based, and work-based instruction. Students will be able to efficiently apply a basic foundation in the mathematics and the writing skills associated with the Building Trades Industry. Standards included in the Building and Construction Trades sector are designed to prepare students for technical training, postsecondary education, and entry to a career. Students will discover and develop their skills in the craft and trade of Carpentry by the practical application of Carpentry concepts. This course will allow students to demonstrate their knowledge and skill level by creating basic to more complex carpentry projects and assessing their projects with rubrics. Students will be required to use basic and advanced tools and equipment, as well as special materials. Students will be able to work individually and in teams or groups, where they will be able to apply effective leadership skills as they complete the assigned objects. This course meets the requirements for the Knowledge and Performance Anchor Standards and the Cabinetry, Millwork and Woodworking Pathway Standards for the Building Trades and Construction Industry Sector. Completing this course will also prepare students for more advanced courses in the Construction Technology & Design Pathway. Partnerships are continually forming with local industry through Partners in Education and the SBCA that will play a key role in creating internships for students, and assist in future curriculum articulation with SBCC.


Fine Woodworking is part of a sequence of courses in the Construction Technology and Design Pathway. The purpose of this course is to provide students with experiences in the elements of art and principles of design using wood as the primary artistic vehicle. Students will gain an in-depth experience in artistic perception, historical and cultural context, aesthetic valuing, creative expression and connections, relationships and applications by designing wood furnishings, and other objects with various forms of wood species. This experience will de demonstrated through the students visual and creative expression of wood design furnishings, turning objects on the lathe, creating musical instruments, and other artistic objects. Various forms and materials will be used in the class, which include diverse wood species, reclaimed materials and techniques, and restoration. Students will study and analyze various cultural and historical art forms and articulate comprehension through the creation of personal and public art. Students will create original works of art demonstrating mastery in art forms which reflect their feelings, beliefs and points of view.


Capstone Courses

This course is designed as the practical application and extension of the skills learned in Construction Technology 1. Students will design and build a scaled sustainable structure that encompasses the various facets of the building and construction trades. The capstone project will be a “Tiny Home" structure on a trailer, that may be used as a living space, business office, or studio with the interior of the sustainable structure having finished walls, flooring, and cabinetry. The sustainable capstone structure requires that a broad variety of the trades be represented and may include skills for rough framing, roofing, doors and windows, insulation, electrical systems, finish carpentry, plumbing systems, roofing, sheet metal, painting, solar power system, and HVAC. Design parameters will meet current Santa Barbara Building Codes, as well as any state or national building codes. Students will follow a “Critical Path” schedule for completion of the project and will maintain daily logs and workplace documentation. Students will begin by creating a packet of construction drawings for approval, similar to what may be submitted before construction can begin on a jobsite. The construction drawings will include a floor plan, framing plan, roof framing plan, elevations, an electrical plan, a plumbing plan, a window and door schedule, and a materials list. These may be produced either by SketchUp or AutoCAD (Computer Aided Drawing). After teacher approval, students will begin to build the structure. In both the design and build of the structure, students use applied geometry to determine square footages of buildings, rooms, lots, parcels, etc. Estimation skills utilize multiplication, addition, subtraction, division, etc. After instruction, students apply skills in determining quantities of cubic yards, square yards, cubic feet, volume, etc. Conversion techniques are utilized in the creation of a plan for a constructed project when using dimensional measurements and when transferring plans and calculations to a physical project. One must also be able to calculate the area of triangles and quadrilaterals to ensure everything is plumb, level and square. The Pythagorean Theorem must be used in theory and application through construction of woodworking projects, such as right triangle shelf-supports. The students must also be able to use calculating concepts of measuring volume in woodworking and construction, such as when using the volumetric unit "board foot." Students will create documents within the project package that include a bill of materials, vendor list, estimates, purchase orders, and labor costs. All written components of the package must be written to technical industry standards, which stress clarity and organization.


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