Residential Construction is a limited enrollment program for approved second-year students. The program usually rebuilds and remodels a home for Habitat for Humanity. From September 2014 through May 2016 students were involved in building the Sustainable Energy Efficient Demonstration (SEED) house on the LISD Center for a Sustainable Future campus. By building and remodeling a house, students learn “on-the-job” while getting great satisfaction from a job well done!
Students learn at the work site to complete all aspects of construction. In this second year course, students work in teams on various projects including demolition, framing, foundation support, drywall instillation, flooring, electrical, plumbing, installation of doors and cabinets, HVACR, and more.
To Be Successful
Students first must have successfully completed Building Trades/Construction Careers and be recommended for the onsite Residential Construction program. Students who are most successful in this program have mathematical skills in measuring, fractions, and decimals. Students should possess good work habits, like to work with their hands, follow directions, work well independently or as a team, and enjoy building and creating.
Program Success Indicators
- Understand and use Imperial and Metric measurement to 1/16"
- Add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers, fractions, and percentages
- Determine area and perimeter of geometric shapes
- Effectively communicate with classmates and instructors both verbally and in written form
- Follow verbal and written directions
- Work safely in regards to site conditions
- Cooperative teamwork
- Positive attitude
- Respect for shop/job site and equipment
- Consistent, positive attendance
- Work safely around power tools
- Lift 20 lbs. consistently
- Work on ladders and scaffolding safely
- Work in adverse weather conditions
Note: Additional education may be required.
- Facility Management
- Building Maintenance
- Electrical Technician
- HVACR Technician
High School Credit*
*The LISD TECH Center recommends the academic credit listed. Credit can only be awarded by local districts.
- 1.0 4th Math
- 1.0 3rd Science (in lieu of)
- 1.0 World Languages (in lieu of)
- 1.0 Visual, Performing, & Applied Arts
College Credit Opportunities*
*College credit can only be awarded by the college or university. Certain requirements must be met outside of completing the program.
- Davenport University
- Siena Heights University
- Washtenaw Community College
10-hour OSHA Certificate
Student-Built Tiny House Bids
David Hillard graduated from Ferris State University with an Associate’s degree in Building Technology and a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management. Aside from being the former teacher assistant in the Building Trades program, he has also taught the Adult Learning Home Maintenance class during the winter. Prior to working at the TECH Center, David worked for Waltz Carpentry where he specialized in remodeling, new home construction, and pole barn construction. His love for construction began in high school when he would work summers remodeling homes with his wood shop teacher.
Matthew Hodges is a graduate of the LISD TECH Center’s Residential Construction program. He began working as the teacher assistant for Residential Construction directly out of high school. Matt has 10 years of experience working at the LISD TECH Center, as well as experience working around Lenawee County and surrounding areas. He is currently pursuing his Michigan Builder’s license and his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Management degree.