Students processing firewood

Building and Grounds Maintenance

  • Essential workplace skills are developed through a variety of class projects. Teamwork and safety are emphasized as students learn job skills through hands-on tasks. Students have opportunities to maintain and use specific mowing equipment such as push mowers, zero-turn mowers, string trimmers, blowers, and other maintenance tools. Students learn how to safely use a chainsaw, log-splitter and chipper and how to properly process firewood for sale. Students explore various aspects of basic carpentry, plumbing and home improvement techniques throughout the winter months. The FOCUS program prepares students for entry level positions within the building and grounds maintenance field.

AM Units of Study

    • Shop and tool safety
    • Grounds mowing and maintenance—on site only
    • Chainsaw safety and use, firewood processing, and sawmill basics
    • Firewood processing and saw milling
    • Basic carpentry
    • Basic plumbing
    • Small engine maintenance

PM Units of Study

    • Shop, tool and equipment safety
    • Grounds mowing on and off site
    • Firewood processing, saw milling, and customer service
    • Log furniture construction
    • Small engine maintenance and service

  • Students will:

    • Get dirty
    • Follow all safety procedures and practice safe work habits at all times
    • Utilize reference materials
    • Wear weather and safety appropriate clothing
    • Manipulate tools
    • Be outdoors on a regular basis in any weather conditions