Industrial Technology At RHS

Roscommon High School traditionally has had a strong Industrial Technology program. Mr. James Farison continues the tradition and has improved the program with additional equipment and projects. A diverse group of students enjoy Mr. Farison's "Tech Ed" classes.

MITES Competition

Roscommon High Woods students annually enter  projects into the Regional MITES competition. MITES is a student-based competition for the Industrial Trades classes: Michigan Industrial Trades Education Society. Students may compete in the areas of Wrought Metals (includes welding), Mechanical Drawing, Architectural Drawing, Graphic Arts, and Machining. Student projects placing in the top 4 in each category automatically go on to the state competition the following week, where places are awarded for best of division and the top ten awards in each category.

 Our students are currently working on many fine wood items along with a custom built, student designed cabin in the Construction Trades class. We are all excited as our Trades program continues to grow with the support of our school and community.

Roscommon Industrial Trades serves over 300 middle school students from 4th to 7th grades in Exploratory Woods. At the high school we teach Introduction to Woods, Advanced Woods, and Construction Trades along with a Fabrication class for over 200 served each year. 

We construct everything from cutting boards to cabins, with custom furniture and toys added in for interest and fun. 

Rogers Group Donation

On April 11th 2014, Roscommon High School was the beneficiary of a generous donation from the Rogers Group of Clare.  Nathan Rogers, owner of the Rogers Group, donated a CNC Router and welder to RHS and Industrial Technology teacher James Farison.  Mr. Farison says the new machines will allow him to integrate computer technology into his industrial technology curriculum. Mark Scott of Scott’s Wood Products donated time and equipment to move the router and welder into it’s new home at RHS.  A big thank you to all on behalf of the Roscommon High School and Mr. Farison!


RHS would like to thank the Lear Corporation of Roscommon for donating personal protection equipment (safety items) and tools to the RHS Industrial Arts program. The donation will help protect and enhance our students trades experience.