Building аnd Construction Trades

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SAVA CTE Residential & Commercial Construction Pathway


Construction 1

Construction 1 emphasizes job site safety, practical working knowledge of tools and equipment use, an introduction to blueprints, and an overview of industry math. In this course, students will get to build projects such as a tiny house and Adirondack chairs. Students work with a local non-profit to  donate their completed tiny house to a homeless veteran in need. 

This course is articulated with Consumes River College and their Construction program. 


Construction 2

Construction 2 provides students with in-depth analysis of the organization and structure of the construction industry and the many career choices the industry offers. Students examine emerging “green building” jobs, as well as other topics in sustainability. Students become team leaders when building tiny houses and compete in a shed building competition.

Prerequisite: Construction 1  


Construction 3

In this course, students will build upon the skills learned in Construction 1 and 2, learning how to read drawings, frame, roof, hang windows, and install solar, insulate and drywall.  Students also learn to texture and paint, as well as cut and install baseboards.  Students taking this course lead a team of students building a tiny house and enter an annual shed building competition at Consumnes River College hosted by the Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange.  Upon completion of this course, students are ready for entry-level employment in the construction industry. 

Prerequisite: Construction 2 


C.R.E.A.T.E. (Construction Redevelopment Engineering Architecture Trade Education)

In this course, students create a building design based on an official request for proposal provided by the Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange. Students work together as a team to complete a needs assessment, a cost estimate, site plans, a physical model and complete a final presentation in front of industry judges and compete against other local high school teams. This course is a year-long commitment and also includes creating resumes and participation in field trips to job sites.



In this course, students learn about energy efficiency and careers associated with the energy industry. Students spend time in their class learning about the principles of electricity, using tools to measure energy consumption and calculating savings. Part of this program requires students to conduct an energy efficiency audit of a local business. Students write a report that provides the business with energy saving recommendations that can reduce their bill and improve the environment. The students also meet with a SMUD representative to review their findings.


Women in Construction

This course prepares young women for a high-skill, high-wage career in the construction industry, while promoting teamwork and leadership skills. Students will learn basic construction math and measurement skills, receive an introduction to green building, explore topics such as job site safety and learn to use hand and power tools.