Construction Trades

Instructor

We are honored to have Mike Tackkett joining us at GILA this year to teach our Woodworking and Carpentry CTE programs. Mike graduated from Pittsburgh State University with a degree in Technology Education / Industrial Arts. Beginning his career as an Industrial Arts teacher, he then moved into the industry and on to owning his own business for 15 years.

Mike has spent the last 10 years working in Aerospace, in many roles, from General Manager to corporate training and project management. Now that his kids are grown, he’s using his vast experience to teach the young students of Galena Interior Learning Academy the skills they can use in all aspects of their lives, ranging from career to home life.

Trade Preparation

GILA is able to offer multiple classes which prepare students for transition into post-secondary training or entry level positions in the construction industry. Students enrolled in Construction Technology courses are held to high standards and are expected to exhibit the professionalism and ethics necessary to succeed in any career. Safety is considered a top priority.

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Certification

Students enrolled in Construction Technology courses are held to high standards and are expected to exhibit the professionalism and ethics necessary to succeed in any career.
Safety is top priority and classroom etiquette is imperative. Students can earn a certificate from the National Center for Construction Education and Research in their construction technology classes.

Courses

Students are offered classes in carpentry, woodworking, electronics and Auto CAD (computer-aided design software used for drafting, modeling, and architectural  drawing) and Welding.

Students enrolled in electrical classes will learn everything from wiring a lamp to advanced residential techniques. They will explore various aspects of the electronics / electrical industries. Units will include electrical safety, circuits, electrical theory, current, voltage, resistance, power, DC electricity, AC electricity, and house wiring. College credit is available for some courses.