From making 3-D models to the real thing

Ozaukee High tech-ed students are learning state-of-the-art computer-aided design as well as old-fashioned carpentry skills to build sheds for paying customers

Ozaukee High School students in Jerry Hoffmann’s small building construction class stood by a shed they are finishing at the request of a local homeowner. The students include (from left) Ryan McNerney, Joey Burich, Zach Wagner, Cooper Burmesch, Nick Janik and Beau Szczerbinski. Photo by Sam Arendt

Students who earned industry recognition in architecture and engineering after passing a Computer Aided Design certification test include (from left) Ashley Falkner, Wagner and Janik. Photo by Sam Arendt
Ozaukee Press Staff

Several Ozaukee High School students have received industry recognition in the fields of engineering and architecture after passing a computer-aided design certification test.  

“It’s definitely something to put on their resumes,” high school technical education teacher Jerry Hoffmann said. “It really allows the students to stand out from their peers.”

Last year, the high school began the program that involves teaching students to use software to draft 3-D models for engineering and architecture plans.  

Hoffmann said the test is comparable to an Advanced Placement test because the rigorous curriculum and examination could provide college credit if the student earns the certification, which requires taking three semester-long courses. 

“I am looking into the possibility of technical colleges recognizing the certificates for credit,” he said.

This year, junior Ashley Falkner and seniors Nick Janik and Zach Wagner were the students who achieved industry recognition. 

According to Hoffmann, Falkner is interested in pursuing a career in interior design, Janik is planning on studying architecture and construction, and Wagner wants to work in electro-mechanical maintenance. 

Students in Hoffmann’s small building construction class also got a taste of using their skills in the real world by undertaking a hands-on project to construct three sheds for local homeowners. 

Hoffmann said his class has been building sheds for about 20 years, and most of them range in size from 10-by-12 to 10-by-16 feet.  

“We’re kind of limited in size because we are at the mercy of our shop’s door and the size of the trailer to haul the sheds,” he said.

The buyer is responsible for paying the cost of building materials and donating $150 to the construction program.

Hoffmann said the sheds can be customized to the buyer’s request, such as the size and number of windows. He said most sheds cost under $2,000.

Hoffmann said his classes are important for students who are debating going to a four-year college, because there are growing opportunities in the skilled trades.

“One and two year technical college programs or apprenticeships should be given serious consideration by students and parents as viable pathways to future careers,” he said. “The main point is to get the training and education you need to make yourself good at what you do for a living and there will be financial benefits to be gained, regardless of whether it is a four-year university, technical college or apprenticeship.” 




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