Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Chad Hall
My name is Chad Hall and I have been teaching at WCHS since 2008. I graduated from Valdosta State University where I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Workforce Education and Development. I teach Industry Fundamentals and Occupational Safety, Introduction to Construction, and Carpentry. I also serve as an advisor for Skills USA.
Industry Fundamentals and Occupational Safety:
This course is designed as the foundational course in the Carpentry pathway to prepare students for the pursuit of any career in construction. The course prepares the trainee for the basic knowledge to function safely on or around a construction site and in the industry in general and will provide the trainee with the option for an Industry Certification in the Construction Core.
This course will help develop a student’s knowledge in construction general safety, hand tools, and power tools operation. The student will be given the opportunity to practice his/her skills in these operations. Upon successful completion of this course, the student has the opportunity to continue his level of skills and knowledge in the courses Introduction to Construction and Carpentry.
Introduction to Construction:
This course offers an opportunity for students to build on their knowledge and skills developed in Industry Fundamentals and Occupational Safety. It introduces them to four construction craft areas and is also the second step towards gaining a Level One Industry Certification in one of the craft areas. The goal of this course is to introduce students to the history and traditions of the carpentry, masonry, plumbing, and electrical craft trades. Students will explore how the various crafts have influenced and been influenced by history. The student will also learn and apply knowledge of the care and safe use of hand and power tools as related to each trade. In addition, students will be introduced to and develop skills to differentiate between blueprints related to each individual craft area.
This course is preceded by Introduction to Construction and is the third of three courses that provides the student a solid foundation in carpentry skills and knowledge. As the third step in gaining a Level One Industry Certification in Carpentry, the course provides an overview of the building materials used in the carpentry craft, as well as teaching techniques for reading and using blueprints and specifications related to the carpentry craft. The course provides specific knowledge and skills in site layout and floor and wall framing systems and includes basic industry terminology for a carpentry craftsperson.