This certificate is for the individual wishing to enter the construction field. The combination of laboratory and lecture sessions provides the theory and the practical application of the construction trades. Graduates can find employment as carpenters or masons. Some graduates enter into their own businesses.
Goal 1 To prepare graduates to find employment in a field related to the building trades.
- The student will be able to identify the career opportunities associated with the building trades.
- The student will participate in completing construction projects through a combination of laboratory and on-site training experiences.
Goal 2 To enable the student to demonstrate competency in building techniques, the use of the materials, hand tools, and power tools meeting and/or exceeding the recognized industry standard.
- The student will demonstrate the correct use of the materials, hand tools, power tools and equipment used in residential building construction.
- The student will demonstrate skills needed to measure, layout and construct all the parts of a residential building.
- The student will demonstrate skills needed to apply the materials to the exterior and interior of a building.
- The student will demonstrate skills in the placement and finishing of concrete and laying of bricks and blocks.
- The student will demonstrate basic woodworking skills.
Goal 3 To prepare the student to be able to identify and explain the process of residential and light commercial construction.
- The student will identify the codes used in residential and commercial building construction using the current NYS Building Codes.
- The student will demonstrate the recommended working practices of, block, brick and concrete construction.
To prepare the student to use information from drawn prints and technical materials.
- The student will define the different components of the residential and other light-frame construction drawings.
- The student will be able to apply information from prints in the assembly and building process.
Goal 5 To prepare the student to demonstrate an understanding of the quantity takeoff process
- The student will define the quantity takeoff process.
- The student will demonstrate a competency in quantity determination from construction drawings.
- The student will be able to explain the inter-relationships between contract documents, and the quantity takeoff of the materials.
- The student will demonstrate an understanding of the factors that affect the time required to complete each portion of a given project.
- The student will be able to analyze cost control systems and estimate accuracy.
Goal 6 To prepare the student to work effectively as part of a work crew.
- The student will collaborate in a laboratory setting to complete assigned projects.
- The student will work as part of a crew on an on-site construction project.
Goal 7 To prepare students to demonstrate information literacy.
- Students will use traditional and contemporary information technology.
- Students will identify, access, and appropriately use authoritative sources of information.
Total Credit Hours: 39 - 41
This course introduces the fundamental concepts of concrete construction. Topics include theory of concrete design, construction methods and materials, tools, foundations, walls, and flat work. Hands-on experience and safety procedures are emphasized.
This course introduces the fundamental concepts of block masonry construction. Topics include the history, development, and manufacturing of mortar and block, mixing mortar, laying block, and the use and care of tools and scaffolding. Hands-on experience and safety procedures are emphasized.
This course introduces the fundamental concepts of brick masonry construction. Topics include the history, development, and manufacturing of brick, mixing mortar, bonding, corners, laying brick masonry for fireplaces, chimneys and arches, and the use and care of tools and scaffolding. Hands-on experience and safety procedures are emphasized.
This course provides an introduction to architectural working drawings. Topics include background principles, residential working drawings, specifications, and reading the working drawing of a small structure.
This course introduces description and use of construction materials, tools, safety procedures, and framing techniques for foundations, floors and walls. Hands-on experience and safety are emphasized.
This course covers the design and construction of residential roofs, including rafters, trusses, hands-on experience and safety procedures are emphasized. Prerequisite: CB101 Carpentry 1.
This course covers the finishing of the interior and exterior of a residential structure. Topics include windows and skylights, interior and exterior doors, frames and walls, thermal barriers, and sound insulation, stairs, and plaster, and drywall Hands-on experience and safety procedures are emphasized. Prerequisite: CB101 Carpentry 1.
This course covers the organization of a formal estimate for a residential building and the types of estimates used in construction, along with qualifications of an estimator. Each division is broken down for a thorough understanding of the materials and methods used to calculate proper quantities. Actual working drawings and specifications for a small residence are used to compile a systematic estimate of materials and labor. Excavation, concrete work,masonry, and wood and structural steel construction are covered.Topics include builders estimates, quantity take-off process, quantity determination, cost estimating from quantities, cost control system, contracts, bonds and insurance, overhead and contingency issues, and computer-assisted estimating.
This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of entrepreneurship and the challenges of starting and operating a small business. Emphasis is placed on creating and successfully leading a business entity by developing a sustainable competitive advantage. Topics include self-assessment, planning, decision-making, legal forms of business, identifying and leveraging business opportunities, capital formation, start-up issues, the need for social responsibility and ethics, and how to develop long-term relationships with customers, suppliers, and employers. A major course requirement is the presentation of a realistic business plan.
This course covers the practical aspects of basic woodworking in a shop. Topics include the use of table saws, planers, jointers, band saws, and lathes; design, layout, and construction of cabinets and countertops. Hands-on experience and safety procedures are emphasized.
(a) Program Electives include: BM150 Principles of Entrepreneurship OR CB104 Basic Woodworking.