• Woodworking 2

    Course Syllabus


    St. Helens High School


    Course:                                   Building Construction 17049

    Prerequisites:                         Woodworking 17006

    Articulated PCC courses:     BCT 103 Residential Materials/Methods – 3 Credits

    BCT 106 Hand Tool/Power Tool Use & Safety – 3 Credits

    Course Period:                      1st, 2nd, 6th

    Course / office location:        Building D Room 64

    Course Duration:                  Full year  – (175 days X 50 min)

    Instructor:                              Joe Mauck                            

    Office hours:                          8:00am to 3:30pm

    Office phone:                         (503) 366-7416

    E-Mail            :                                   joem@sthelens.k12.or.us


    SHHS Course Description

    This course is an introduction to the basic building materials, components, methods, and sequences in residential construction.  It is designed to give students basic, entry level skills in construction and related trades along with an overview of career opportunities available.  Emphasis is placed on safety and the proper use of both hand and power tools.  This course provides students the experience of participating in the building of a house along with various woodworking skill building projects. 


    PCC BCT 103 Residential Materials/Methods – 3 Credit Hours

    Introduces function and performance characteristics of basic building materials, components, methods, and sequences in the construction process. Emphasizes residential construction.


    PCC BCT 106 Hand Tool/Power Tool Use & Safety – 3 Credit Hours

    Develops understanding of the hand tools and power tools used in the construction trades. Identifies commonly used hand/power tools, select the correct tool to complete assigned projects and work in a safe and competent manner. Emphasizes safety and care of tools.


    Required Equipment and Supplies

    1. Pencil (every day)
    2. Proper work clothing (no high heels, sandals, etc)



    At the end of the quarter I will assign students a letter grade based on the following criteria:



    A =  90% to 100%

                            B =  80% to 89%

    C =  70% to 79%

    D =  60% to 69%

    F =    0% to 59%



    It is the student’s responsibility to account for material covered on days absent. I will calculate your grade by expressing your total accumulated points at the end of the term as a percentage of the possible points. It will be a letter grade based on approximately the following:


    1. Participation by way of Projects—85% of your grade
    2. Written work—15% of your grade


    In addition to the grading criteria you must meet the minimum requirements to pass:

    1. Pass ALL safety tests
    2. Complete all machine reports and check-outs in the first nine weeks


    Student must maintain a “C” grade continually to remain in the program.  Students whose grade falls below a “C” will be put on a plan of assistance for a period of up to two weeks.  Failure to complete the plan of assistance will result in removal from the program.


    PCC Grading guidelines:

    Letter Grades (A-F) or Pass/No Pass (P/NP)

    For specific information related to PCC grading guidelines, please refer to the PCC Dual Credit Student Handbook accessible through your high school instructor and located at: http://www.pcc.edu/prepare/head-start/dual-credit/documents/student-handbook.pdf.


    Attendance and Make-up Policy:

    Attendance is mandatory and missed work must be made up on the students own time during instructor office hours.


    Student Conduct Guidelines:


    PCC: www.pcc.edu/about/policy/student-rights/student-rights.pdf#code-of-student-conduct
    PCC Academic Integrity Policy: www.pcc.edu/about/policy/student-rights/documents/academic-integrity.pdf


    Title IX Non-Discrimination Statement:

    The high school is responsible for providing access, accommodations, flexibility, and additional/ supplemental services for special populations and protected classes of students.

     Portland Community College is committed to creating and fostering a learning and working environment based upon open communication and mutual respect. If you believe you have encountered sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual assault, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, age, national origin, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability on a PCC campus, please contact the Office of Equity and Inclusion at (971) 722-5840 or equity.inclusion@pcc.edu.

     The instructor reserves the right to modify course content and/or substitute assignments and learning activities in response to institutional, weather or class situations.

    Flexibility Statement:
    The instructor reserves the right to modify course content and/or substitute assignments and learning activities in response to institutional, weather or class situations.


    Academic Integrity Statement: Dishonest activities such as cheating on exams and submitting or copying work done by others will result in disciplinary actions including but not limited to receiving a failing grade.

    Instructional ADA Statement:

    Dual Credit Students

    Federal law requires that high schools provide disability services for students with a documented disability (through either an IEP for 504 accommodation plan), including those students who are taking Dual Credit classes at their high school location.

    On-campus students

    Students who experience disability related barriers in courses taught on PCC campuses should contact PCC Disability Services at http://www.pcc.edu/resources/disability/. If students elect to use approved academic adjustments, they must provide in advance formal notification from Disability Services to the instructor.
     PCC website: www.pcc.edu  PCC Dual Credit website: www.pcc.edu/dualcredit


    (All assignments will be completed simultaneously with the house)
    (House building will take priority over individual assignments)

    All projects should be sanded to a smooth finish with no burn marks, scratches, glue marks, or odd contours

    Assignment 1— Push stick

                This project is a “warm-up” project for students to re-acquaint themselves with the most common of shop machines. It involves cutting out a push stick for the table saw or jointer using the chop saw, planer, band saw, drill press, sanders, jigsaw, and the router. 


    Assignment 2—Bread board / Cutting Board

                This project provides students experience using the table saw.  This project also requires use of the jointer, planer, router, band saw (potentially) and various hand sanders.


    Assignment 3—Step Stool or End Table

                The step stool project requires accurate construction math to be used in calculating the stools dimensions.  Students will use various equipment and tools such as the plunge router, layout jigs, jig saw, drills, and pneumatic guns.

                The end table requires much accuracy and detail work.  This project demonstrates to students the beginning of cabinetry skills and how to pick various finishes.


    Assignment 4—Picture Frame (optional)
                This project requires precise cuts using the table saw.  Safety and accuracy are of utmost concern as students will be cutting using angles and dado sets.


    Assignment 5—Personal Project

                The personal project lets students proceed along their own interests.  Students are required to choose a project / projects that will be completed within the time parameters given at the beginning of the project.  A plan sheet and cost sheet is required.


    Monthly Class Lectures and Assignments

    The dates below are tentative, and may be adjusted as we make our way through the year


    Month   Date                                      Class Topic/Task                                                         Notes  

    1          September                               Introductions/Syllabus
                                                                Hand Tool/Power Tool Use & Safety

                                        Machine Reports

                                        Warm-up (Push stick)

    2          October                                   Bread Board

    3          November                               Stepstool/End Table/Hallway Table

    4          December                                Stepstool/End Table/Hallway Table/Picture Frame

    5          January                                    Picture Frame

    6          February                                  Picture Frame
    7          March                                      Cajon/Tiny House/Dog Pen
    8          April                                        Cajon/Tiny House/Dog Pen
    9          May                                         Woodworking Personal Project or Tiny house

    10        June                                         Woodworking Personal Project or Tiny house


    Woodworking 2 Unit Outcomes


    Hand Tool/Power Tool Use & Safety

    • Pass a written safety test with 90% or greater accuracy
    • Pass a hands-on safety test on all accessible stationary and portable power tools
    • Operate hand and power tools used by carpenters safely and effectively on the job site
    • Select the best suited tool for the task at hand
    • Recognize safe and unsafe construction work sites conditions
    • Maintain hand and power tools for effective use and longevity
    • Written and hands-on skills testing

    In alignment with State and National standards, this course provides representation and assessment in the following areas:

    Common Career Technical Core Standards (CCTC) Numbers: AC-CST (1 – 9)


    CCTC Curriculum Template:


    Oregon Skill Sets Carpentry Focus area: COZ01.01 – COZ10.02


    Oregon Skill Sets Carpentry Focus area: COPF10.01 - COPF10.18