Thomas Edison Construction Cluster

Construction Cluster



Foundations of Building Construction Technology (FBCT) 

Students develop introductory skills in Carpentry; Construction Electricity; Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC); Masonry; and Plumbing. FBCT is Edison's only one semester program, and at the successful completion, student choose the Construction discipline to continue study.
 FBCT Certifications: OSHA Safety Certification; Maryland State Erosion and Sediment Control Certification; Hilti Power Actuated Nailer Certification (age 18 and older)
   Foundations of Building Construction Technology  




Carpentry students develop competencies in a variety of construction skills including blueprint reading, layout techniques, floor and wall construction, door installation, stair construction, and cabinet installation. Students develop skills that provide entry into advanced educational opportunities in college or to begin a career as a carpenter. Graduates are prepared to pursue two- or four-year college programs in architecture, engineering business management, and construction management.

  Certifications: OSHA Safety Certification; Hilti Power Actuated Nailer Certification (age 18 and older)


  Construction Carpentry  



Construction Electricity


Construction Electricity students develop skills in electrical hand tool safety and use; blueprint reading and interpretation; electrical system and design; conductor selection and sizing; electrical wiring system design; and voltage/amperage calculations. All instruction is based on the national Electrical Code. Graduates of the program are prepared and encouraged to continue their education in college/university programs, such as electrical engineering, electronics technology, and construction technology. Aspiring electricians participate in a four to five-year apprenticeship, and a minimum of 144 hours of classroom instruction each year.

  Licenses and Certifications: Montgomery County Maryland Electrical Apprentice License


  Construction Electricity Edison  


Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC)

HVAC prepares students for the challenges and demands of one of the fastest growing and most highly-technical of all construction related industries. Using classroom, lab, and job site experiences, rigorous education and training is provided in basic and advanced HVAC principles including the mathematical, environmental, and theoretical components of heating and refrigeration. Instruction includes sheet metal layout, fabrication, and installation; tubing and piping processes; equipment installation, testing and maintenance; system analysis and troubleshooting (including HVAC computer programs); heat theory, furnaces, boilers and heat pumps; refrigerant recovery operations; and HVAC control systems. Students are prepared to take the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) competency exam or to pursue post-secondary education and/or advanced training.

 Certifications: Cloro-Fluorocarbon (CFC) Type One Certification


  Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC)  




Masonry students learn the proper techniques for laying brick and block in a variety of patterns and configurations. Integrated into the program are applied mathematical principles that are used in material estimation, weight and load calculations, and volume and proportioning of various materials used in the masonry industry. Students learn how to use computers to generate material and cost estimates. Students apply learned theory and skills by completing all the brickwork for the student-built house. Graduates are prepared to pursue two- or four-year college programs in construction or business management.

  Licenses and Certifications: OSHA Safety Certification


  Construction Masonry  




Plumbing students learn the theoretical and practical application and installation of plumbing and gas systems, as well as plumbing codes.  Students apply that knowledge by completing the installation of gas, drain, waste, vent, water systems, as well as the installation of fixtures, appliances, and appurtenances in the Student-Built House. Students who successfully complete the program are provided two years of the 4-year Maryland State requirement for licensure as a Journeyman Plumber/Gasfitter. Top graduates are accepted directly into a local plumbing union, guaranteeing post-secondary education and employment.   

  Certifications: OSHA Safety Certification; Maryland State Plumbing/gas Fitting apprentice License; Trac-Pipe Gas installer Certification


  Construction Plumbing  

 Principles of Architecture & CAD Technology

Principles of Architecture & CAD students combine collaboration, creativity, and learning through applying the fundamentals of architecture and technical drawing to complete original designs.  This challenging college-preparatory program combines four essential categories of student performance: Critical Thinking and Representation, Building Practices and Technical Skills, Architectural Solutions, and Professional Practices. Students also apply visual communication skills of sketching; technical drawing; physical and virtual modeling, utilizing the design process from original concept to complete architectural drawings using Auto CAD and Revit programs. Second-year students participate in the Young American House Design competition, where they work with a team of local architects to design a complete house. The student house design that is selected, is the house that is built by the Construction students.  Upon successful completion of the program, students are prepared to further their education at the college/university level and pursue careers in the industry, such as building design, site development and planning, interior design, construction management, and architecture.
Certification: Autodesk AutoCAD
Principles of Architecture & CAD Technology