Construction Trades

Instructor

Through the collaboration of two highly qualified instructors, Mr. Brown and Mr. Wightman, Galena City Schools 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.

Todd Brown, originally from Hammett Idaho, has been teaching in Galena since 1998. Mr. Brown offers training in Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding, Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, Oxyacetylene Welding / Cutting, Metal Fabrication, Electronics, and Residential Wiring. Welding I. students will learn shielded metal arc welding and oxy-acetylene processes. Emphasis is placed on safety issues, common weld joints, welding symbols, electrode classification, and the various welding processes. Welding II students will re-visit skills learned in Welding I and progress to more advanced skills/processes that culminate in the fabrication of large-scale projects such as hydraulic wood splitters and trailers snowmobile trailers. Aluminum Welding students learn skills needed to weld aluminum using the MIG and TIG processes. Once basic welds are mastered students build projects including ATV trailers, boats, and toolboxes. Students learning will culminate in the design and building of an aluminum boat or ATV trailer that is sold at the end of the school year.

David Wightman, originally from Dillingham, Alaska, has been teaching in Galena since 1996. He teaches AutoCad, Carpentry, Drafting, Wood Working, and Aluminum Welding. AutoCad and Drafting students learn skills needed to read, create, and follow blueprints commonly
used in a variety of construction trades. Aluminum Welding students learn skills needed to weld aluminum using the MIG and TIG processes. Once basic welds are mastered students build hands on projects including ATV trailers, boats, and tool boxes. Wood Working students learn hand/power tool safety and operations using skills covered to make several projects during the school year. Carpentry Students learn hand /power tool safety as well as carpentry skills from floor framing to roof construction. Each student designs and builds a model shed from start to finish. The second semester is dedicated to building storage sheds which are sold to the community. College credit is available for some classes.

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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.