FCHS INDUSTRIAL ARTS "There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. "

At Freeburg Community High School our industrial arts program is designed to tap into innovation and explore the ingenuity that our students have to offer.

Knowing the world is bigger than us and ever-changing, gives us the motivation to explore and create new ideas that will make our world a better place.

What classes are you interested in? What career do you want to achieve? The flow chart below is a great way for you to identify what classes you should take to give you the most knowledge in the discipline you wish to pursue.

FCHS has many areas in industrial arts for our students to study. We have a great history teaching wood and metal working, auto mechanics and welding. Scroll down to see an overview, curriculum and current projects of each discipline.

Introduction to Trades

Intro to trades is a great way to get a taste of everything our industrial arts department has to offer. There are four main areas to this class: Welding, drafting, general wood and metal working. In addition, safety is thoroughly covered from job-site to tool safety. Students must be able to pass the required safety test and work proficiently to pass this class.

"Education is the foundation upon which we build our future." C.G.


In Automotive class students will learn about all of the components on a vehicle. Our automotive shop has a wheel balancer, two lifts and many other machines that make any task attainable. Students must take Intro to automotive/small engines to be eligible to take advanced automotive. Click on the following links to find out more!

"The individual who says it is not possible should move out of the way of those doing it" T.C.


In Manufacturing students will be exposed to lathes and milling machines. We also have a foundry where students will make sand molds to pour molten aluminum or brass into.

Students are able to take manufacturing 1 and 2 when they are a sophomore, junior or senior. Manufacturing 1 and 2 is a prerequisite to manufacturing 3 and 4. Learn more about what we do by clicking on the following links!

Lathe turning
Milling Machine

"The American Dream is that any man or woman, despite of his or her background, can change their circumstances and rise as high as they are willing to work."


In welding students will learn three basic types: SMAW, MIG and FCAW. Each welding process is challenging and has its own use in the workplace.

Students are eligible to take welding one when they are a sophomore, junior or senior. Welding one is a perquisite to welding two. Learn more about the welding classes and our projects by clicking on the following links!

Plasma Cutting
MIG Welding


First semester in this class is small engines. Students will learn the basics of mechanics. Tools, parts and safety are the backbone of this class. Students will tear down and rebuild at least two lawn mower engines to identify how an engine works along with how to properly diagnose and repair common problems.

The second semester of this class will focus on automotive systems. Routine maintenance and learning the basics of how an automobile operates will be addressed. This class is a prerequisite to advanced automotive. Learn more by clicking the following links!

"Your talent determines what you can do, Your motivation determines how much you are willing to do, Your attitude determines how well you do it." L.H.


The first semester of this class will focus on basic electrical, plumbing, roofing and drywall repair. Students will be able to identify, diagnose and repair many issues that can be found in any home. Students will also be taught how to use basic hand tools and work safely.

The second semester students will be introduced to the various wood working machines. Students will be able to use miter, table and band saws. We also incorporate the use of wood lathes, shapers and planers. Students are allowed to complete a project of their choice after completing an assigned project.



In advanced construction students will be exposed to many facets of the construction industry. Areas of instruction include: concrete form work, framing, rafter construction, electrical, plumbing, roofing and siding. Students will also be taught how to create blue prints using architectural drafting.

Students will have many projects to complete, as a class, each semester including a custom built shed. We are exploring the option to complete jobs around our campus as well as off site. In order to be eligible to take advanced construction you will need to have taken home maintenance/intro to construction.

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