Building Industry

Construction student and instructor using tools


  • Locations: Interlake High School, Bothell High School
  • High School Credits: CTE (1.0), Science (1.0), 3rd YR Math (1.0)
  • No Tuition
  • Program fees may apply. Financial assistance may be available for qualifying students
  • College Credits and Certifications available. Contact WANIC to find out more


This is a full year 3-period Skill Center class (3 high school credits). Work with industry experts who provide professional knowledge and first-hand experience. Utilize different materials and methods, fasteners and adhesives, learn to safely operate the various industry tools, and learn jobsite safety and OSHA requirements. Design and carry out hands-on skills in practices such as rigging, lifting and safely moving a load utilizing principles of mechanical advantage. Read, understand and interpret basic plan sets and engineering drawings. Apply academic concepts such as math and physics for a well-designed project, key concepts in plumbing and electrical, along with energy utilization and energy efficiencies. Learn about a variety of project management approaches. Feel prepared to find employment in the field or continue at a postsecondary institution. Qualified students may enroll in the Construction Management Program at the University of Washington upon graduation.

Building Industry Technologies Occupations

Seattle King County Labor Market Data

  • Carpenters $60,920
  • Construction Managers $102,980
  • Architectural & Engineering Managers $154,730
  • Architects $82,460
  • Civil Engineers   $89,140
  • Construction & Building Inspectors $89,140

*Source:, U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics 2021


Course Expectations: Building Industry Technologies - Core Plus Construction. Located at Bothell High School and Interlake High School

Reading Expectations of this class:

Students will be reading professional and technical documents, industry related articles, product instructions, machinery and tool operating instructions. Various online materials and supplier websites will be accessed, navigated, and utilized.

Writing Expectations of this class:

Students will be writing one-word, short answer, detailed response, as well as paragraph-style (multi-sentence) expositions and descriptions. Students will write cover letters and complete employment applications, write out weekly plans of work and time/task verification forms.

Math Expectations of this class:

Students will be working with whole numbers, fractions and decimals, and the various mathematic operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) involved in calculating various applied instances. Students will calculate amounts, dimensions, area, load/capacity, volume, as well as applications of the Pythagorean Theorem (A2 + B2 = C2), angles and ratios. Students will be applying the Imperial and Metric systems in measurement calculations.

Science Expectations of this class:

Students will be conducting research, problem solving and application in the physical scientific areas of chemistry and physics in relation to methods and materials in the building industry. Students will apply principles of electrical current, hydraulics, pneumatics, load, slope/pitch, force.

Homework Expectations of this class:

Homework will be 30 minutes to 1.5 hours per week. Assignments will be accepted early, on time, and late within reason. Assessments and most assignments are eligible for upgrades and re-submission by students for increased credit/scoring. Assignments submitted beyond the reasonable time frame will receive majority credit and are eligible for the same upgrade procedure.

To be successful in this class, the student should be prepared to:

Perform numerous broad, physical tasks, including (but not limited to) pushing, lifting, carrying, bending, crouching, load bearing, and load inducing. Students will safely use hand tools and power hand tools, as well as power machinery. Students will assist and lead in the various activities. Students will be working with numerous platforms and applications of worksite, digital, and computer technology. Students should be prepared to work and collaborate with others, in partnerships, small and large group settings. In addition, students will occasionally work in a capacity where they will lead, direct, and train others.

Follow an attendance policy similar to business and industry; the student is considered an employee or a professional and is expected to be in full daily attendance and actively participating to assure that maximum learning and productivity are achieved. This program includes numerous hands-on activities which can be attained only by being in attendance. Applying and practicing skills are critical to demonstrating competency.

Additional Information:
  • Two Year Program Available at Interlake HS. One Year Program Available at Bothell HS. Prerequisite for Year 2 is successful completion of Year 1.
  • CTE Dual Credit - College Credit May Be Available.

Building Industry Technologies - Core Plus Construction Program Intro Video

Student using DeWalt saw
Teacher and classroom
Student, tools, frame
Little house construction