PARIS — Students in the Oxford Hills Technical High School’s Engineering and Architectural Design class are looking for work. And they have impressive resumes to show.

From designing an elderly housing project in Poland to mapping out the interior of Norway’s historic Gingerbread House, designing a horse barn for the Fryeburg fairgrounds and a police station in an abandoned town-owned house in Norway, the students are well educated in engineering and architectural design.

“We’re always looking for projects, said instructor John Bell of the technical school program that is part of the Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School. The students are available for survey work, topographical studies, site design and other engineering and architectural projects throughout the school year.

The program for sophomore, junior and senior students is designed to introduce them to the basic concepts of design using computer software and allows them to apply their skills to assist area communities in projects.

Julie Sclafani, a junior and second-year CAD student, is working this year on a horse barn for the Fryeburg fairgrounds. The general criteria, which was set by fairground officials, includes designing a large barn that has horse stalls, a pulling ring, a bathroom and shower area.

“The hard part is to try to get everything to fit,” Sclafani said as she worked at her computer on the 240- by 220-foot barn. “It’s kind of a challenge.”

Sclafani said she got into the CAD class not because she was interested at the time in architectural or engineering design, but simply as something new to try. She found she liked it.

“Last year we did mechanical drawing, I thought it was interesting. I just like designing,” she said.

Sclafani will eventually present her design to the Fryeburg fairgrounds officials.

Last year, students presented individual designs for the Lifesprings project in Poland, and several years ago seven of Bell’s students presented options for the reuse of the Hebert Roberts’ house across from the Norway Town Hall on Danforth Street.

The town acquired the house from Roberts, who died in 2007. Town officials, including police Chief Robert Federico, had been looking at options for using the property.

Although the Board of Selectmen recently decided that the town did not have the financial resources to continue looking at the building for reuse and may instead tear it down and have a dual parking lot with the adjacent Norway Savings Bank, the students gained valuable experience and their work was lauded by officials.

Anyone who is interested in having the students work on projects should contact Bell at the high school.

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