Building Trades


OBJECTIVE: Upon completion, the student, if he/she is enrolled as a diploma student, will receive a diploma. If he/she is enrolled as an apprentice, they will receive a certificate of completion for Apprenticeship-Related Instruction.

Course Outline

Basic Technical Math
Architectural Print Reading and Project Estimating
Carpentry I
Carpentry II (Residential)
Electricity I (A.C./D.C. Theory) 
Electricity II (Residential) 
Masonry I
Plumbing Practices I
Autocad 2013
OSHA 10 & Industrial Health and Safety
Introduction to Computers
Human Relation Skills
Communication Skills
Supervisory Skills

As well as three electives from the following trade areas: 

CARPENTRY                   ELECRICAL

PLUMBING                      MASONRY





Basic Technical Math presents the topics of arithmetic with whole numbers, common fractions, decimal fractions, percentage, measurement numbers, metric and English unit conversions, scientific notation, exponential operations and basic algebra - including the use of formulas and equation solving. The course is self-paced utilizing a text/workbook. Students may pretest to determine their skill level, with those meeting the competency level receiving credit for the course.

This course is designed to aid the student in becoming more competent in his/her ability to read and interpret trade blueprints. This is accomplished by classroom discussions of the importance of effective communication, neatness, familiarity with construction techniques and related symbols; drafting equipment and materials; and standard procedures and techniques. Skills will also be developed by hands-on use of these learned components in reading a set of construction plans, including relevant architectural views, mechanical, heating, plumbing and electrical plans and associated descriptive text necessary to generate a set of working house plans.
Prerequisite: 2301

This course presents an overall understanding of the construction industry and the job opportunities available. Students will learn the proper and safe use for hand and power tools essential to the trade. After completing the course, students will be able to identify job-side equipment used by carpenters, including scaffolding. Also presented will be the use of levels and transits. During the site layout sessions, students learn to erect batter boards, locate building lines, layout footings, square building lines and grade stakes.
Prerequisite: 2301

This course covers an introduction to residential construction, concrete foundations, wood foundations, special applications, footing and foundation forms, edge forms, floor and sill framing, wall and ceiling framing, roof framing, special framing, cornices and gable ends. Also covered are roof finishes, exterior walls and trims, windows, exterior doors, insulation, drywall, interior walls and ceilings, interior doors and trim, cabinet insulation and special built-ins and floor finishes.
Prerequisites: 6006, 2301, 8008

This course is designed to provide the beginning student with a thorough working knowledge of basic electricity. The course will cover such topics as Ohm's Law, series circuits, parallel circuits, generation of direct current, generation of alternating current, and basic transformer theory. The student will also wire several basic electrical currents.
Prerequisite: 2301

This course will build on the theory learned in Electricity I. The student will acquire skills in blueprint reading and all residential electrical circuits from the main service to the simplest lighting receptacle circuits. The student will install a complete residential electrical service according to the National Electric Code.
Prerequisites: 2301, 9001

MASONRY I (5001)
Masonry I is a "hands-on class", along with text and includes proper use of hand tools, trowels, levels and spacing rulers, squares and layout. This course will also feature beginning brick and block laying to setting proper elevations. Course material will also involve various types of mortar and mixtures, corner construction and proper reinforcement. Concentration will also be stressed regarding products, usage, different brick and block types, and proper scaffold set-up/removal.
Prerequisites: 2301, 8008

The course is designed to instill pride and proper attitude by teaching the history and the 23 basic principles involving plumbing codes and installation codes. Brief looks at the laws pertaining to plumbing, including the administration of those laws, are also presented during the course. Students will also learn the proper care and use of hand and power tools. Safety will also be a key component. The student will learn to identify and point out advantages with various pipes. The student shall be taught the various types of filling materials - and advantages - along with pipe-joining methods and plumbing laboratory fixtures.

AUTOCAD -2013 (8007)
This course is designed to teach the student how to use AutoCAD, a popular computer-aided drafting package. Step-by-step exercises guide the student from beginning to more advanced levels. Students learn to apply the AutoCAD commands and features needed to create, edit, store and plot drawings.
Prerequisites: 2301, 8008


This course will discuss and demonstrate the importance of understanding and applying Industrial Safety principles and practices in the work environment. This training includes defining and discussing safety concepts, terms, and definitions; recognizing best practices in accident prevention; understanding who is responsible for safety in the workplace and why. You will also learn how to recognize workplace safety hazards and how to deal with them. You will learn how to use specific tools in the workplace, what machine and chemical hazards are and how best to deal with them, and how to properly use personal protective clothing and related to PPE. OSHA 10 certification will be available. 

This course is designed to introduce the student to the basics of a personal computer. Topics covered include computer hardware and background (1st session), Windows basics (2nd, 3rd and 4th sessions) and a look at the four main areas of software (word processing, spreadsheets, databases and presentations - 5th and 6th sessions).

This course will explore principles of human relations related to personal and occupational goals. Human relation principles to be explored include team skills, creative thinking, communications, goal setting, conflict management and self-image.

In this course, students will focus on communication as a survival skill in the workplace. We will learn how effective communication makes us better employees, employers and co-workers. We will study and practice the skills and oral and written communication. The goal of this course is to make students more perceptive and skillful speakers, listeners, readers and writers.

This course is designed for the prospective supervisor to develop the skills necessary to apply the principles of effective supervision on the job. The course covers the four functions of the management cycle (planning, organizing, directing and controlling), including ways of boosting productivity, communicating more effectively, handling problems, making correct decisions and reducing cost.