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West Washington – Mr. Dennis Tankersley

Hello! Hello my name is Dennis Tankersley and I teach Construction/ Engineering/  and Manufacturing courses through Lost River Career Cooperative at West Washington Jr./Sr. High School.

Our facilities at Washington meet the growing demand for bridging the skills gap students face after high school in industry. With our 6000 square-foot wood and metal manufacturing shop and over a quarter of a million dollars in industrial grade machines, students are exposed to real world work related projects. Our 1200 square foot engineering lab is equipped with 32 HP laptops where we run Autodesk Suite for Inventor and Revit 3D modeling programs. I currently have 2 pathways with Construction Trades 1 as an alternative. Students take our Industrial Arts classes to get immersed in the plan to build experience. Students take their designs from an Engineers notebook to a 3D modeling program and then either 3D print parts or fabricate their product out of wood, plastics, or metal in the shop.


Introduction to Construction is a course that will offer hands-on activities and real world experiences related to the skills essential in residential, commercial and civil building construction. Students will be
introduced to the history and traditions of construction trades. They 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 are introduced to blueprint reading, applied math, basic tools and equipment usage, and safety. Students will demonstrate building construction techniques, including concrete and masonry, framing, electrical,plumbing, dry walling, HVAC, and painting as developed locally in accordance with available space and technologies. Students learn how architectural ideas are converted into projects and how projects are managed during a construction project in this course. Students study construction technology topics such as preparing a site, doing earthwork, setting footings and foundations, building the superstructure,enclosing the structure, installing systems, finishing the structure, and completing the site. Students also investigate topics related to the purchasing and maintenance of structures, special purpose facilities,green construction and construction careers.

Offered At:

  • West Washington