Architecture & Construction Cluster


The Architecture and Construction Career Cluster includes careers in designing, planning, managing, and building structures.


-Meet Our Instructors-


Mr. Dylan Little, Cedartown Campus, Carpentry


Mr. Greg Rainey, Rockmart Campus, Carpentry


Mr. Matt Hayden, Cedartown Campus, Welding


-Pathway Offerings-

(Each pathway is a sequence of three courses that must be completed in the order indicated.)


-Occupational Safety and Industry Fundamentals

-Introduction to Carpentry

-Carpentry I



-Occupational Safety and Industry Fundamentals

-Introduction to Metals

-Welding I



-Course Descriptions-

Industry Fundamentals and Occupational Safety

 This course is designed as the foundational course in the Carpentry, Plumbing, Electrical, Masonry, Machining, Welding, Sheet Metal, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, and HVACR Electrical pathways to prepare students for pursuit of any career in construction. The course prepares the trainee for the basic knowledge to function safely on or around a construction site and in the industry in general and will provide the trainee with the option for an Industry Certification in the Construction Core.

Introduction to Construction

This course offers an opportunity for students to build on their knowledge and skills developed in Industry Fundamentals and Occupational Safety. It introduces them to four construction craft areas and is also the second step towards gaining a Level One Industry Certification in one of the craft areas. The goal of this course is to introduce students to the history and traditions of the carpentry, masonry, plumbing, and electrical craft trades. Students will explore how the various crafts have influenced and been influenced by history. The student will also learn and apply knowledge of the care and safe use of hand and power tools as related to each trade. In addition, students will be introduced to and develop skills to differentiate between blueprints related to each individual craft area.

Carpentry I

This course is preceded by Introduction to Construction and is the third of three courses that provides the student a solid foundation in carpentry skills and knowledge. As the third step

gaining a Level One Industry Certification in Carpentry, the course provides an overview of the building materials used in the carpentry craft, as well as teaching techniques for reading and using blueprints and specifications related to the carpentry craft. The course provides specific knowledge and skills in site layout and floor and wall framing systems, and includes basic industry terminology for a carpentry craftsperson.

Introduction to Metals

The metals technology curriculum, Introduction to Metals, is designed to acquaint students with the three major technical occupations (welding, sheet metal, and machining). The various activities equip high school students with the skills needed to select a metal industry occupation, enter the work force, and continue to advance in one of these specialized metals occupations. Experiences include an introduction to the basic requirements of each of these fields, exposure to the structure and nature of career opportunities, and an introduction to types of training and skills required and the use of specialized tools, equipment, and materials. This course is designed to familiarize students with fundamentals of various metal occupations for the purpose of preparing them to select either welding, sheet metal, or machining for more highly specialized training in subsequent courses. Minimum performance requirements for this course are based on successful student completion according to the National Center for Construction Education and Research Center (NCCER) Occupation Standards and the National Institute for Metal-Forming Skills (NIMS) standards. Students who successfully complete the course in accordance with NCCER standards are eligible for registration with the NCCER National Craft Worker Registry or obtain NIMS credentials.

Welding I

This course is designed to provide students with the basic knowledge and safe operating skills needed to demonstrate proper set of equipment in oxyfuel, shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), and gas metal arc welding (GMAW). The students will perform oxyfuel cuts using acetylene and propane gases. The students will select electrodes and performs welds using SMAW and GMAW to current industry standards. Welding symbols will be used to interpret detailed drawing used for fabrication. American Welding Society codes will be used to determine the soundness of welds.