Mighty Metalworking Returns to Deer Park High


New technology courses at the high school are serving to take college and career readiness to a new level, providing cutting-edge skills that can lead to valuable jobs in various trades. This revitalization of tech offerings includes the return of the metals class, taught by newcomer Jeremy Ferrara, necessitating investment classroom infrastructure so that the metal shop can function to its fullest potential.

In his plans for expansion, Jachan Watkis, the district’s new curriculum associate for science and technology, brought in Ferrara.
“Jeremy came in with a passion for and sense of technology education beyond traditional pathways, putting computer software into practical use,” said Watkis.

Metals I is an introductory course in metalworking, including concepts such as sheet metal layouts, sheet metal designs, sheet metal forming, basic machining, measuring techniques, spot welding, metal joining procedures, metal properties and metal separating procedures. It also includes identification of materials, the operation and role of tools, important safety practices, and an exploration of careers in metalworking.

“It’s a project-based course in which students design, engineer and construct projects with emphasis on the subject of math, science and technology,” said Ferrara, who also teaches robotics, CAD and World of Technology. “Students should leave this class feeling confident in entry-level sheet metal fabrication. The ultimate goal is to build self-confidence, self-sufficiency and accountability, which will prepare students for their post-high school lives.”