Academic Catalog

Construction Technology Classes

Safety & Operating Certificates

Item Number
CONST 102
Credits
3

Presents the basic elements of safe practices related to construction job sites, emphasizing accident prevention and correct response in the event of injury and other medical emergencies on the job, as well as personal protective equipment that is standard in the industry. Participants receive instruction in administering First Aid, CPR and AED (defibrillator use), as well as how to protect themselves against Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP). Provides Forklift Operator Certification with classroom and hands-on training in safe forklift operation; Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting certification (Lead RRP—required by EPA to engage in remodeling certain types of older structures), OSHA 10 Construction Safety card, and American Heart Association First Aid and CPR certification card.

Prerequisites

Physical capability to do the work required.

Trades Math & Print Reading for Construction

Item Number
CONST 104
Credits
5

Provides a basic foundation of math skills directly related to performing functions required in the construction trades, along with essential knowledge required to accurately read and interpret blueprints, plans, and schematics. Math skills and the ability to correctly interpret plans/prints are critically important to the construction process to ensure jobs are completed professionally and on time. This foundational training includes, but is not limited to, ability to measure and cut various materials correctly, understand and use the metric system of measurement, solve questions related to weight, volume, pressure, angles of fall, etc., and understand “scale” and its relationship to the finished product.

Measurement, Tools & Safety

Item Number
CONST 105
Credits
2

Introduction to residential and light construction applications and trades. Explores and applies safety standards to the use of various hand and power tools associated with the carpentry field.

Basic Carpentry Skills

Item Number
CONST 106
Credits
6

Introduces basic tools of the trades with a focus on carpentry and provides hands-on experience in the proper techniques for safe use of various hand and power tools as well as their correct care, maintenance and storage. Participants will learn how to set up an efficient work station, how various parts of a structure are framed up, and the basic principles of electric power and how that relates to employing proper electrical connections when using power tools. Students will be drilled on essential hands-on skills needed to pass entry assessments for the United Brotherhood of Carpenters carpentry apprenticeship program.

Site Leveling, Plans, Codes & Materials

Item Number
CONST 108
Credits
2

Introduction to use and operation of a builder level, including leveling and squaring a building site. Covers building plans, codes and inspections, and construction materials.

Employment Preparation

Item Number
CONST 109
Credits
4

Explains the history of apprenticeship, its subsequent evolution into the present-day form, and how this translates into an effective method of on-the-job training resulting in journeyman credentials that are recognized industrywide throughout this country and in many other parts of the world. Provides an overview of government agencies, regulatory bodies and actual regulations that affect the construction industry. Participants are also given information related to job success, including but not limited to, ethical standards, attitude and behavioral expectations, teamwork and communication strategies, personal financial management, ergonomics, physical fitness and nutrition, and use of basic MS Office computer programs to conduct job search activities.

Footings & Foundations

Item Number
CONST 112
Credits
3

Introduction to the methods of construction footing and foundation forms, terminology, and inspections for the typical residential home. 

Floor Framing

Item Number
CONST 116
Credits
3

Introduction to the construction procedures and terminology used in framing a residential wood floor. 

Wall Framing, Sheeting & Ceilings

Item Number
CONST 120
Credits
5

Introduction to wall-framing construction procedures and terminology, the application of ceiling and/or two-story framing, inspections, sheeting, and aligning. 

Roof Framing

Item Number
CONST 122
Credits
5

Introduction to roof framing and the use of a framing square, including both truss roofs and stick-built residential roofs. 

Roofing Materials & Installation

Item Number
CONST 126
Credits
3

Introduction to various roofing materials, including proper installation techniques. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of CONST 102, CONST 104, CONST 106, and CONST 109.

Exterior Finish

Item Number
CONST 134
Credits
3

Introduction to the installation of exterior trim, siding, window, and door installation, or the equivalent on typical residential homes.
 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of CONST 102, CONST 104, CONST 106, and CONST 109.

Interior Finish I

Item Number
CONST 138
Credits
3

Introduction to interior wall and ceiling finish, interior doors and hardware, cabinet and countertop installation, interior trim and finish flooring. 

Interior Finish I

Item Number
CONST 139
Credits
5

Introduction to interior wall and ceiling finish, interior doors and hardware, cabinet and countertop installation, and interior trim and finish flooring. 

Prerequisites

Instructor Permission.

Interior Finish II

Item Number
CONST 142
Credits
3

Continuation of interior wall and ceiling finish, interior doors and hardware, cabinet and countertop installation, and interior trim and finish flooring.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of CONST 102, CONST 104, CONST 106, and CONST 109.

Electrical and Plumbing Basics

Item Number
CONST 144
Credits
4

Introduction to basic home electrical, switches, outlets, wiring, and plumbing pipes, drains, faucets, and leaks.

Prerequisites

Instructor Permission.

Deck Construction

Item Number
CONST 146
Credits
3

Introduction to outside deck construction, including types, code requirements and safety. 

Carpentry Trades

Item Number
CONST 150
Credits
1

Introduction to trade regulations, other building trades workers, industry and standards organization, and entering the carpentry trade. 

LEED

Item Number
CONST 152
Credits
2

Introduction to LEED for new construction and renovations. 

Prerequisites

Instructor Permission.

Deck Construction

Item Number
CONST 155
Credits
2

Introduction to outside deck construction, including types, code requirements, and safety. 

Prerequisites

Instructor Permission.

Energy Auditor

Item Number
CONST 158
Credits
5

Introduction to trade regulations, other building trades workers, industry and standards organization, and entering the carpentry trade. 

Prerequisites

Instructor Permission.

Home Inspector

Item Number
CONST 160
Credits
4

Overview of equipment, technology, systems, and software used to measure a building’s structural and physical integrity.

Prerequisites

Instructor Permission.

Introduction to Sustainability

Item Number
SBS 105
Credits
3

A survey of economic, environmental, and human health principles behind the different approaches to sustainability in the workforce. 

Sustainability Building Basics

Item Number
SBS 107
Credits
4

Overview of sustainable “green” building models, with a focus on energy, indoor health, natural resources and other environmental impact.

Green Building Design

Item Number
SBS 110
Credits
4

Overview of sustainable green building models, with a focus on energy, indoor health, natural resources and other environmental impact. 

Sustainable Materials in Construction

Item Number
SBS 115
Credits
4

Introduction to the construction materials used in sustainable building design and their impact on a structure’s initial and long-term costs, as well as considerations for the local environment and economy.

Survey of Energy Ratings

Item Number
SBS 120
Credits
4

An overview of the current and emerging efficiency standards for measuring energy usage and consumption, including, but not limited to, Energy Star, BPI, LEED, Built Green, etc.

Survey of Energy Ratings

Item Number
SBS 121
Credits
3

Introduction to the current and emerging efficiency standards for measuring energy usage and consumption, including but not limited to Energy Star, BPI, LEED, Built Green, etc.

Prerequisites

Instructor Permission.

Alternative Energy Systems

Item Number
SBS 125
Credits
4

An overview of existing and emerging approaches to energy production for use in residential and commercial structures, including, but not limited to, solar/photovoltaics, wind, geothermal, biofuels, etc. 

Alternative Energy Systems

Item Number
SBS 130
Credits
5

An overview of existing and emerging approaches to energy production for use in residential and commercial structures, including but not limited to, solar/photovoltaics, wind, geothermal, biofuels, etc. 

Insulation Basics

Item Number
SBS 140
Credits
4

Introduction to the different types of insulation commonly used in homes and businesses, with comparisons for their respective costs and levels of energy efficiency. 

Building Envelope

Item Number
SBS 142
Credits
4

Introduction to the principles of heat, light, sound, moisture, and air movement within a residential structure, including an overview of external factors that impact a building’s energy integrity. 

Building Envelope

Item Number
SBS 145
Credits
5

Introduction to the principles of heat, light, sound, moisture and air movement within a residential structure, including an overview of external factors that impact a building’s energy integrity. 

Moisture Mitigation

Item Number
SBS 150
Credits
3

Introduction to practices in construction that prevent moisture intrusion, as well as techniques for maintaining healthy living environments free from the destructive impacts of moisture.

Solar Basics

Item Number
SBS 155
Credits
4

Introduction to the basic concepts, components, and uses of photovoltaic technology, as well as costs, benefits, and drawbacks in sustainable construction. 

Diagnostics and Testing

Item Number
SBS 170
Credits
3

Overview of the equipment, technology, systems and software used to measure a building’s energy usage and loss. 

Diagnostics and Testing

Item Number
SBS 174
Credits
4

Overview of the equipment, technology, systems, and software used to measure a building’s energy usage and loss. 

Indoor Air Testing

Item Number
SBS 175
Credits
3

An introduction to understanding and diagnosing environmental problems in residential structures, and the means for mitigating those issues. 

Thermography

Item Number
SBS 180
Credits
3

Introduction to infrared thermography, its principles, and the proper operations of IR camera equipment for diagnosing problems that lead to energy loss in a building. 

Service Learning Project

Item Number
SBS 185CAP
Credits
3

A capstone project that gives students an opportunity to apply their sustainable building science knowledge in a real life setting, focusing on helping nonprofit organizations achieve sustainability in the buildings where they live, work, and serve the public.

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