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Building Trades Carpentry Curriculum

Effective June 1, 2012


Catalog Number Course Title Credits
First Term    
31-475-303 Construction Safety 1
31-475-301 Carpentry I
31-475-302 Carentry II 5
10-614-115 Construction Blueprint Reading
31-804-302 Applied Technical Mathematics 2
  Total 16
Second Term
31-475-304 Carpentry III 5
31-475-305 Carpentry IV 5
10-614-136 Construction Estimating 2
31-801-305 Applied Communications: Listening/Speaking
  Total 14


Building Trades – Carpentry Courses

10-614-115-00 Construction Blueprint Reading
Students interpret blueprints for trade information, draw sketches to convey ideas, and utilize drawing software to prepare blueprints prior to building. Students appreciate the importance of accuracy and completeness as well as material selection. Students develop a set of residential building plans. Lecture/Lab. 3 credits.

10-614-136-00 Construction Estimating
Techniques for standard construction estimating procedures from takeoff to bid, covering the areas of excavation, concrete, wood, masonry, carpentry, alteration work, mechanical work, electrical work, and general conditions. Topics introduced include preparation of typical estimated cost recording documents and techniques as well as preparation and presentation of formal bidding document. Lecture. 2 credits.

31-475-301-00 Carpentry I
An introduction to residential construction practices. Fundamentals of planning, layout, foundations, and rough framing are taught in theory and through the construction of a residential structure. An emphasis is placed upon sustainable building practices. Building codes are covered and applied in practice on the building site. Prerequisite: 31-475-303. Lecture/Lab. 5 credits.

31-475-302-00 Carpentry II
A continuation of Carpentry I. Topics include wall and roof systems, exterior wall components, soffit construction, insulation techniques, and applied building codes. Students evaluate the impact of wall and roof systems materials, designs, and construction methods upon energy efficiency. Theory and practice are applied on-site through the construction of a residential structure. Prerequisite: 31-475-301. Lecture/Lab. 5 credits.

31-475-303-00 Construction Safety
Students apply approved construction site safety and health procedures, the use of personal protection gear, and the safe use of hand and power tools. Students are required to purchase a prescribed set of carpentry tools with an approximate value of $800. Lab. 1 credit.

31-475-304-00 Carpentry III
A continuation of Carpentry II. Topics include insulation, ventilation, building envelope sealing, rafter framing, trusses, special beams, and stairs. Student frame-in windows, doors, archways, bookcases, and apply other finishing considerations. Students evaluate the impact of window, door, roofing system design, and materials upon energy efficiency and environmentally sound practices. Prerequisite: 31-475-303. Lecture/Lab. 5 credits.

31-475-305-00 Carpentry IV
A continuation of Carpentry III. Students finish the interior of a building project, hanging windows and doors, building cabinets, hanging and taping drywall, cutting and applying trim, and installing stairs and banisters. Students evaluate the impact of structural venting, sealing, and insulating upon efficiency, indoor air quality, and long-range sustainability. Prerequisite: 31-475-304. Lecture/Lab. 5 credits.

31-801-305-00 Applied Communication Listening Speaking
Emphasizes effective listening and speaking skills required for job performance and satisfaction. Those skills include interviewing for a job, communicating in the work place, and securing a job promotion. Lecture. 2 credits.

31-804-302-00 Applied Technical Mathematics
Develops skills in using mathematics principles, essential to the technical service and production workplace, through applied learning contexts. Content includes whole numbers, fractions, percent, graphs, fundamentals of algebra, geometry and trigonometry, and tools and techniques for precision measurement. Lecture. 2 credits.