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Students Develop Skills in the Construction Lab

Students Constructing tiny houses at the CFI Industrial Maintenance lab

Industrial Maintenance Technology (IMT) program students at the Laurel County Schools Center for Innovation (CFI) are learning and developing construction skills in the building and construction of uber tiny house units. According to Mr. Gary Karr, IMT Program Coordinator, the project has the students frame four walls with typical residential measurements and a layout to include the framing of a doorway, windows, trusses, and load-bearing walls. “After the walls are built and houses put together, the students then run multiple residential branch circuits inside to attempt to power the house. Students are utilizing residential service panels (breaker boxes, non-metallic device boxes, and will be running stranded wire through a branch external to the house,” said Karr. Students learn construction terminology, such as Top Plate, Bottom Plate, Stud (King, Jack, and Support), Sills, Headers, and more,” added Karr. Mr. Karr explained that once students have learned the fundamentals of hand tools and safety protocols, they can practice skills in the lab wiring up electrical receptacles, switches, and lighting fixtures as found in typical residential structures.  

“We are fortunate to be able to integrate important math skills in the technical labs based upon the classroom instruction provided by our math faculty at the CFI,” said Mrs. Kristy Reid, math instructor.   Students can earn industry-recognized career-ready credentials from the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) as an Electrical Technician and safety certification by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) before graduating from high school. “Our students are landing some impressive jobs after graduation in the high-wage and high-demand careers of advanced manufacturing or the industrial trades such as electrical, construction, welding, plumbing, or air conditioning technology,” said Dr. James M. Davis, Principal.


CFI students constructing a tiny house

Mr. Stamper provides instructions to help students with the framing of the top plate and lighting receptacle in the uber tiny house project.

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