Industrial Tech

Students are introduced to the fundamentals of board drafting and drafting tools. Students draft multiple projects which they then construct in the woodworking lab. They are introduced to measuring, plan reading, and to a variety of hand and power tools. Shop safety is taught and practiced. First semester plans also include learning the fundamentals of electricity. Students construct a circuit with a junction box, outlet, switch, and light. Two hands-on modules are practiced, one with electricity and one with communication. Metal working is explored 2nd semester with students learning and taking part in tool making, sheet metal work, welding and fasteners. Basics of a gasoline engine and introduction to the different systems of an automobile are covered in this class, as well. Light auto maintenance stations are set up for students to participate in the Transportation aspect of this class.

Courses Offered

Survey of Industrial Technologies

Level: Academic 9, 10, 11,12

Length of course: One Semester

Department: Industrial Technology

Prerequisite: None

Course description:

This class includes six weeks of drafting and board sketching fundamentals, six weeks of wood technology, products, material identification, hand and power tools, planning and work procedures, and six weeks of electrical and communications procedures, safety, and wiring.


Wood Tech

Level: Academic 9, 10, 11, 12

Length of course: One semester

Department: Industrial Technology

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Algebra 1-2

Course Description:

This course presents to the student interested in lumbering methods and methods of wood construction, the opportunity to develop skills with the use of hand and power tools; attention is given to the home workshop and home repair, in addition to vocational and consumer information. Emphasis is placed on safety precautions and work procedures. Completion of a semester project is mandatory to receive a passing semester grade.


Construction 1-2

Level: Academic 10, 11, 12

Length of course: One year

Department: Industrial Technology

Prerequisite: Wood Tech with a grade of D or better

Course Description:

This course will introduce the student to construction technology and maintenance practices. Activities will include necessary print-reading, sketching, job estimating, and organization based on the construction selection by the individual student. Attention is given to pre-vocational goals, while stressing accident prevention and development of correct tool and equipment skills. Because laboratory work in this class involves a single major project, the satisfactory completion of that project is mandatory in order to receive a passing semester grade.


Construction 3-4

Level: Academic 11, 12

Length of course: One year

Department: Industrial Technology

Prerequisite: Construction 1 & 2

Course Description:

This course is designed for independent study and emphasis on individualized instruction. Students are allowed to develop in-depth knowledge and skill in woodworking. The student will be introduced into machine and tool maintenance. Class meeting times may be structured or open. Because laboratory work in this class involves a single major project, the satisfactory completion of that project is mandatory in order to receive a passing semester grade.


Construction 5-6

(Independent Study)

Level: Academic 12

Length of course: One year

Department: Industrial Technology

Prerequisite: Construction 3-4 and permission of the instructor; student must submit a proposal to instructor.

Course Description:

This course is designed for independent study and emphasis on individualized instruction. Students are allowed to develop in-depth knowledge and skill in woodworking. The student is given the opportunity of an introduction into machine and tool maintenance. Because laboratory work in this class involves a single major project, the satisfactory completion of that project is mandatory in order to receive a passing semester grade.



Metals/Manufacturing

Level: Academic 9, 10, 11,12

Length of course: One Semester

Department: Industrial Technology

Prerequisite: None

Course description:

This class includes drafting fundamentals, metalwork, and manufacturing, as well as transportation and power. Basic engine parts and processes, use of hand tools, tune-ups of one cylinder engines, as well as automotive maintenance is covered. Safety-training coursework for manufacturing environments will also be covered. Sheet metal, Tool making, heat treating of steel, ARC and MIG welding are also introduced.


STEM Learning Lab 1

Level: Enriched 10-11

Length of course: One Semester (1st sem)

Department: Industrial Technology/Business

Prerequisite: Must complete an application, Grade of B or better in Science, Math, and English classes. MAP Reading score of 237, MAP Math score of 237, GPA of 3.0 or higher, attendance and discipline reviewed

Course Description:

Students will have 3 computer module-based stations to complete in teams. Alternative energy, construction technology, and robotics and animation are topics covered. Soft skills and safety will also be included in this course. Students will use the Internet, watch videos, complete projects and hands-on activities. This class is for students interested in college or career readiness in the areas of manufacturing, construction, or industrial technologies.


STEM Learning Lab 2

Level: Enriched 10-11

Length of course: One Semester (2nd sem)

Department: Industrial Technology/Business

Prerequisite: Successful completion in STEM Learning Lab 1 Course

Course Description:

Students will have 3 computer module-based stations to complete in groups. Architectural Design, manufacturing technology, and material science are the three main areas of study. Students will use the Internet and training modules to complete a variety of tasks and hands-on activities. This is to prepare students for college or career readiness in the areas of manufacturing, computers, construction technology, and other areas of industrial technologies.


Introduction to Automotive Technology

Level: Academic 10-12.

Length of course: One year

Prerequisite course: None.

This introductory automotive course is designed to provide basic training to students and teach the necessary skills, and knowledge about the internal combustion engine, basic car systems, and careers in the automotive industry. Upon completion, students will have sufficient knowledge and skill to make minor repairs and adjustments on the various systems of the modern automobile, using up-to-date equipment and tools. The instruction will concentrate on but not be limited to the fundamentals of shop safety, tool identification and proper use along with basic repairs and maintenance of modern vehicles.


Transportation/Small Engines

Level: Academic 9-12.

Length of course: One semester

Prerequisite course: None

This course provides students with up to date information on various modern transportation systems. The emphasis will be on the basic theory of power and transportation. Basic engine parts are studied as well as the engine processes. Lab safety and hand tools are studied. Lab work consists of operation and maintenance, as well as trouble-shooting and tune up of a one cylinder internal combustion engine.


Industrial Tech Staff

Jim Hagedorn - 309-698-7552 - jhagedorn@ep309.org

Jim Hagedorn, an Industrial Technology Teacher, graduated from Western Illinois University where he was a scholarship athlete on the football team and a member of the Outdoor Club. Mr. Hagedorn earned his Masters Degree from Olivet University in 2005. During his 20+ years at EPCHS he has taught Drivers Ed., coached football and wrestling, and is the Lead Teacher of the FCS and Ind. Tech Departments. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, wife Cheryl and his sons, Grant and Cole. Mr. Hagedorn also enjoys hunting, fishing, traveling, racing stock cars, and exercising.

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