• Construction Technology I

    Course Syllabus

    2020/ 2021

    Instructor:  Michael R. McPhail Sr.


    Office:  121

    Office Hours:  8:00am – 8:30am and 12:00pm – 12:30pm

    Classroom:  119

    Class Hours:  8:40am – 11:30am, 1st Block and 12:40pm – 3:15pm, 2nd Block

    Email Address:  mmcphail@madison-schools.com


    About the Instructor: Began college education at Mississippi State University,  later transferred to Mississippi College, then on to Texas Christian University graduating with a Bachelor of Arts. Grew up in family commercial construction business and worked with the company on and off for most of my life. After experiencing a major construction accident which no longer allowed me to perform my duties with family company, started residential home construction company, built/remodeled homes across central Mississippi for eight years. A total of thirty years of construction experience. Have previously taught for Fort Worth Independant School District, Hinds County School District, Hinds Community College and Madison School District.                                                           

    Class Description:  

    Construction Technology I is an instructional program that prepares an individual for employment or continued education in the occupations of Carpentry, Electrical Wiring, Masonry, or Plumbing. Construction Technology I is a basic course teaching fundamentals of safety, tools, math, and basic carpentry, electrical, masonry, and plumbing skills.

    Certification by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER):

    This curriculum has been aligned to modules in the Contren Learning Series as endorsed by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). Students who study this curriculum using the Contren Learning Series materials under the supervision of an instructor who has been certified by the NCCER are eligible to be tested on each module. Students who successfully pass these tests may be certified to the NCCER by the instructor and will receive documentation from NCCER.


    1.       To introduce and master shop/construction safety precaution and awareness.

    2.       To reinforce basic math skills by incorporation of practical application.

    3.       To identify hand and power tools  and describe their uses.

    4.       To introduce the students to reading and interpreting construction blueprints.

    5.       To identify construction materials and describe their uses.

    6.       To introduce the students to basic skills and knowledge in fields of Rigging, Carpentry, Electrical Wiring, Masonry, and Plumbing .

    Course Outline:

    Module 1: Basic Safety

    Module 2: Introduction to ConstructionMath

    Module 3: Introduction to Hand Tools

    Module 4: Introduction to Power Tools

    Module 5: Introduction to Construction Drawings

    Module 6: Introduction to Basic Rigging

    Module 7: Basic Communication Skills

    Module 8: Basic Employability Skills

    Module 9: Introduction to Material Handling

    Module 10: Introduction to Carpentry

    Module 11: Introduction to Electrical Basics

    Module 12: Introduction to Masonry Basics


     Required Supplies:  Laptop, Pencil, Notebook, Closed Toe Shoes, Work Attire.

    Shop Fee:  $25.00 due by September 31, 2020 (PLEASE PAY WITH SCHOOL BUCKS ONLINE. NO CHECKS ACCEPTED). This will cover the cost of project materials, safety glasses, gloves, and equipment upkeep.

    Student Organization Dues:  SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives, working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. It helps each student to excel to their highest capacity. SkillsUSA is a national organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations. SkillsUSA was formerly known as VICA (the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America).  Each student is encouraged to join to promote leadership and teamwork.  Elected officers of our school chapter will have the opportunity to attend the Fall Leadership Conference. Interested students that show outstanding performance in any of the occupational and leadership skill areas for competition will have the opportunity to compete in the district competition which leads to state, then national competitions.

    Skills USA Annual Dues, $15.00 per student. (PLEASE PAY ONLINE WITH SCHOOL BUCKS. NO CHECKS ACCEPTED.)

    Grading Scale:

                    Class Work / Participation:       40%

                    Performance Tests / Chapter and Module Tests:        60%

    Safety:  The safety of your student is of our utmost concern. Each student will undergo a strenuous basic safety program of study and must pass the NCCER Safety Exam with a score of 100% before entrance into the shop/ lab is allowed. No student at anytime will be allowed entrance into the shop/lab without the presence and supervision of the Construction instructor. Safety glasses are required and must be worn at all times in the shop/lab and must not be removed for any reason. Hard hats will be worn as applicable. Certain clothing and jewelry are not allowed in the shop/lab as they may cause a safety issue, likewise certain clothing is required, (ie.), closed toe shoes, long pants and work aprons. Equipment operation will only be done under direct supervision of the instructor.

    Student Expectations:

    1.       Be on time.

    2.       Be attentive.

    3.       Be respectful to others and follow rules and directions.

    4.       Use time, tools, and materials appropriately.

    5.       Practice professionalism.

    6.       Learn.

    Tentative Schedule:

    Sept : Students report, shop/lab fees due, Skills USA dues to be paid

    Sept : Skills USA Fall Leadership Conference Registration Due. State pretesting for NCCER certification.

    Oct : Skills USA Fall Leadership Conference for officers at Jones County Junior College

    Nov : Thanksgiving Break

    Dec : Christmas Break

    March : Skills USA State Conference Registration Due

    March : Skills USA State Conference at Trade Mart in Jackson, MS

    April : Skills USA National Conference Registration Due

    May : Community Service Projects due. State testing window for NCCER certification.

    June : School dismissed for Summer Break. Skills USA National Conference

     Construction Site Field Trips: Due to Covid-19, all field trips are cancelled

     Students would normally go on at least one community service trip each year such as MaadCAP which is Madison's version of Habitat for Humanity, or attend two different construction events being held at M.S.U. and U.S.M., but due to Covid-19 restrictions these events have been cancelled or moved to virtual only.

     Madison County School District and Madison Career and Technical Center do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, or handicapped condition.