Marble Falls High School students in the new Construction Trades career pathway now have the opportunity to use state-of-the-art workforce ready equipment as they learn the latest recommended green building practices. The Construction Trades shop, part of the community bond funded Career and Technology Education (CTE) improvements designed to help MFHS students graduate with workforce ready skills, is nearing completion at MFHS.
“Our students are learning construction skills using the latest equipment available,” said Shawn Reed, MFMS Construction Teacher. “For example, our shop features the latest table saw safety technology available to builders, with two new SawStop table saws. These new saws feature an electrically charged blade with a brake that stops and drops it if a student’s finger gets within a few millimeters of the moving blade. Once the brake is fired, it destroys the blade and the brake. It is expensive to replace (about $150), but that’s a deal compared to someone accidentally getting hurt!”
Students in the Construction Trades program complete safety training at the beginning of the school year and must demonstrate competency on each tool before they are cleared to use it. Constant safety instruction is combined with teacher and student peer safety checks to help keep the shops as safe as possible.
“We’re excited to see our students use the new tools and shop to learn how to safely build projects,” said Reed. “Next year, with a grant for plans from Tumbleweed Tiny Houses, our students will learn how to frame, roof, install light electrical and plumbing, and construct a tiny home that will be sold at auction when it is complete.”
For more information on the new Construction Trades career pathway available to MFISD students, follow the CTE program on Twitter @MFISDCTE. Explore all of the Career and Technology Education pathways at: http://mfhs.marblefallsisd.org/staff_directory/career_and_technology_education_pathways.
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