architecture & construction


Charles taylor


Our Construction classes focus on the safety and use of tools as well as how to work with wood. We concentrate on how to frame a house which includes the floor, walls, ceiling and roof systems. We also study how to install doors and windows, build decks, install roofing, electrical and plumbing.

“Construction has a long standing tradition as a trade in Dickson County and we are trying to develop the next generation of skilled tradesmen.”

-Charles Taylor


jay powlas


Thomas Dawson


During your time in Residential Construction you will learn how to use all the basic hand tools and power tools necessary for just about any kind of wood working. We will learn how to read blueprints and transfer that into building projects in the shop where you will do a lot of hands on learning. Before you graduate you should know all the basic things needed to build you own house from laying out the foundation, framing, roofing, siding, electrical, plumbing, etc.


You will have the opportunity to look at several different jobs and careers to see what it is that peaks your interest. We begin drawing by hand then go into computer-aided drawings. You will learn and use several different software such as AutoCAD, ON Shape, SolidWorks, CorelDraw, and Revit. In the 3rd year of this program you will assist in running DC Laser Design Company. This opportunity exposes you to customer service, design, contracts, and sales. In the 4th year you can do an internship at several different companies in Dickson and Nashville which allows you hands-on, real-world experience.

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.”

-Albert Einstein


david collins

At TCAT Dickson, we are providing the training needed for the next generation of service technicians and installers. When you become a Residential Service Technician, you will be responsible for servicing and repairing heating and cooling equipment. If you choose, you can attend an extra semester and become a commercial and industrial service technician. You would then be able to work on a much larger variety of equipment from refrigeration in grocery stores to chiller and boiler systems that control buildings such as Centennial Hospital or the AT&T Building in downtown Nashville. Other than the medical field, the HVAC technician is the next most important job. Keeping the human body, food, and medicines at the correct temperature are one of the most important things in our world today. Every single building in the United States has some sort of comfort or refrigeration control.

"Be the expert of comfort control--be the next generation of certified technicians."

-David Collins