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Mr. Spurlin

CAD Engineering (year-long)

The purpose of this class is to introduce students to different engineering fields. Some major fields of engineering include mechanical, architectural, structural, aeronautical, and civil. This class will be broken up into two semesters. The first semester will focus on computer-aided design and basic engineering concepts and applications.  The second semester will center around CNC milling and 3D printing along with work in the employability skills

Construction Trades (period 1 and 2 blocks; 2nd semester)

Construction is designed to introduce students to construction technologies. Some concepts include rough framing, tool operation, estimating, finishing, roofing, demolition and the entire semester are project-based, with some lectures included throughout. Students will be involved in school improvement projects, as well as community projects. (Prerequisites: I.T. Basics or Woods 1.)

Industrial Technology Basics (semester)

The purpose of this class is to give students an overview of all things Industrial Tech.  This will include, but not limited to Small Engines, all types of Engineering, CAD, Woodworking, Metals, Design, Construction, and many more. The class is split into 6 learning pods.  Each takes 2 weeks to complete.  After completion of all 6, students may then dive deep into one area that interests them and spend the remainder of the semester exploring that topic in depth. This course is designed to enable students to discover their interests in the Industrial realm to help them sort through subjects that they both like and dislike.  It also gives students the opportunity to experience real-world applications and allows them to learn more about possible career paths. (Prerequisite: None) Introductory course

Metals (period 1 and 2 block; 2nd semester)

This course is designed to give students a strong knowledge base of welding, cutting grinding, and fabrication. Because of the two-hour block, Metals I will be taught first quarter, while metals II will be taught in the second quarter.

  • Metals I- Students will learn to weld, cut, grind and polish metal, as well as tap and die, measure, and fabrication. The students will also learn to use some power tools.
  • Metals II- Students will learn to use more difficult welders, as well as more difficult welds. Students will also expand their knowledge of measuring tools, fabrication, and machine use. The students will use heavy equipment and shop tools.

Metals I & II will expose students to welding and fabrication, preparing them for industry, college, or entrepreneurship. Students will be working with fire and heat, as well as hand and power tools. (Prerequisites: Basic Industrial Technologies)

Power, Energy, and Transportation (semester)

Students will learn about small engines and basic electrical applications in this course. This class is hands-on with very little class time. The students will learn basic life skills to help prepare them to be able to work on their own property confidently.  Hand and power tools will be used in this course.

Woods 1 (semester)

This course is designed to give students a wide variety of woodworking practices, concepts, and ideas. The student will also learn how to safely and successfully operate woodworking machines. The first two weeks of woods are devoted to shop safety and machine operation. After students have successfully proven their safe workers, the rest of the semester will be project-based. Students will complete some small class projects or 1 large project. Students will have access to scrap wood to practice and refine their skills before they can start their own project.  The students will provide their own materials for any projects they attempt. Students will use hand and power tools, including some of the larger woodworking machines.

Woods 2 (semester)

Woods II is designed to further student knowledge of woodworking practices and ideas. Students will be exposed to more complicated procedures and advanced skills. During the first week of class, safety review and tool operations will be covered. After the student can show that they are safe woodworkers, the class will become project-based. The student is required to complete several class projects before starting their individual. One entire quarter will be devoted to individual projects. The student must be able to be self-motivated, work diligently and responsibly to achieve success in this class.  They must also display responsibility by cleaning up after themselves.  Individual projects must be more complicated, adding some expense to the course. However, many alternatives can be discussed if the student takes the initiative to find a school project to substitute for their individual. Students will be exposed to shop tools, as well as higher-level techniques and applications.