Trade Specific

Click on the trades below to a brief description of some of the levels that are offered. If you do not see the level you are interested in, call GCI for more details.

Please note: Not all trades or levels will be offered during a school year. Student enrollment and teacher availability decide which trades and levels will be available. Please request a catalog or go to the Schedule of Programs for a list of programs that are currently running. Correspondence courses are always available for your convenience.


 

CARPENTRY 

Carpentry 1
This course consists of 150 classroom hours covering the following areas: Basic Safety; Introduction to Construction Math; Introduction to Hand Tools; Introduction to Power Tools; Introduction to Construction Drawings; Basic Rigging; Basic Communication Skills; Basic Employability Skills; Introduction to Materials Handling; Orientation to the Trade; Building Materials, Fasteners and Adhesives; Hand and Power Tools; Introduction to Construction Drawings, Specifications and Layout; Floor Systems; Wall Systems; Ceiling Joist and Roof Framing; Basic Stair Layout; Introduction to Building Envelope Systems.

Carpentry 2
This course consists of 150 classroom hours covering the following areas: Commercial Drawing; Roofing Application; Thermal and Moisture Protection; Exterior Finishing; Cold-Formed Steel Framing; Drywall Installation; Drywall Finishing; Doors and Door Hardware; Suspended Ceilings; Window, Door, Floor and Ceiling Trim; Cabinet Installation; Cabinet Fabrication.

Carpentry 3
This course consists of 150 classroom hours covering the following areas: Rigging Equipment; Rigging Practices; Properties of Concrete; Reinforcing Concrete; Handling and Placing Concrete; Trenching and Excavating; Foundations and Slab-on-Grade; Vertical Formwork; Horizontal Formwork; Tilt-Up Wall Panels.

Carpentry 4
This course consists of 150 classroom hours covering the following areas: Site Layout One - Distance Measurement and Leveling; Site Layout Two - Angular Measurement; Advanced Roof Systems; Advanced Wall Systems; Advanced Stair Systems; Introduction to Light Equipment; Welding; Commercial Finish Work; Site Preparation; Introductory Skills for the Crew Leader.


CONSTRUCTION CRAFT LABORER

Construction Craft Laborer 1
This course consists of 150 classroom hours covering the following areas: Basic Safety; Introduction to Construction Math; Introduction to Hand Tools; Introduction to Power Tools; Introduction to Construction Drawings; Basic Rigging; Basic Communication Skills; Basic Employability Skills; Introduction to Materials Handling; Orientation to the Trade; Building Materials, Fasteners and Adhesives; Site Layout 1: Distance Measurement and Leveling; Introduction to Concrete, Reinforcing Materials and Forms; Foundations and Slab-on Grade; Reinforcing Concrete; Handling and Placing Concrete.

Construction Craft Laborer 2
This course consists of 150 classroom hours covering the following specific skill areas: Vertical Formwork (Carpentry); Horizontal Framework (Carpentry); Elevated Work (Masonry); Orientation to the Trade (Mobile Crane Operations); Introduction to the Trade (Ironworking); Electrical Safety (Electrical); Introduction to Light Equipment (Carpentry); Forklifts (Heavy Equipment); Oxyfuel Cutting (Welding); Masonry in High-Rise Construction (Masonry).

 

ELECTRICAL

Springfield Electrical Program
GCI and The Center for Business and Technology at Springfield Technical Community College are pleased to announce a joint partnership in the presentation of a new electrical apprenticeship program. This program will offer four levels of instruction in compliance with the new regulations implemented by the MA Board of Electrical Examiners. These new regulations require that all apprentices entering the trade on or after July 1, 2001, complete 600 hours of classroom instruction in a curriculum that meets the approval of the Board. 

PLEASE NOTE: The Electrical program in Springfield (STCC) consists of 168 hours of classroom time.  Special times, dates, hours and tuition apply to this program.  

Electrical 1
This course consists of 150 classroom hours covering the following areas: Basic Safety; Introduction to Construction Math; Introduction to Hand Tools; Introduction to Power Tools; Introduction to Construction Drawings; Basic Rigging; Basic Communication Skills; Basic Employability Skills; Introduction to Materials Handling; Orientation to the Electrical Trade; Electrical Safety; Introduction to Electrical Circuits; Electrical Theory; Introduction to the National Electrical Code (NEC); Device Boxes; Hand Bending; Raceways and Fittings; Conductors and Cables; Basic Electrical Construction Drawings; Residential Electric Services; Electrical Test Equipment. It is recommended that all students bring a copy of the latest National Electrical Code®, NEC® Handbook to class.

Electrical 2
This course consists of 150 classroom hours covering the following areas: Alternating Current; Motors: Theory and Application; Electric Lighting; Conduit Bending; Pull and Junction Boxes; Conductor Installations; Cable Tray; Conductor Terminations and Splices; Grounding and Bonding; Circuit Breakers and Fuses; Control Systems and Fundamental Concepts. It is recommended that all students bring a copy of the latest National Electrical Code®, NEC® Handbook to class.

Electrical 3
This course consists of 150 classroom hours covering the following areas: Load Calculations – Branch Feeders and Circuits; Conductor Selection and Calculations; Practical Applications of Lighting; Hazardous Locations; Overcurrent Protection; Distribution Equipment; Transformers; Commercial Electrical Services; Motor Calculations; Voice, Data, and Video; Motor Controls. It is recommended that all students bring a copy of the latest National Electrical Code®, NEC® Handbook to class.

Electrical 4
This course consists of 150 classroom hours covering the following areas: Load Calculations-Feeder and Services; Health Care Facilities; Standby and Emergency Systems; Basic Electronic Theory; Fire Alarm System; Specialty Transformers; Advanced Controls; HVAC Controls; Heat Tracing and Freeze Protection; Motor Operation and Maintenance; Medium Voltage Terminations / Splices; Special Locations; Introductory Skills for the Crew Leader.  It is recommended that all students bring a copy of the latest National Electrical Code®, NEC® Handbook to class.

Electrical Code Review 
This course consists of 150 classroom hours providing an intensive review for candidates planning to take the journeyman's examination this year. Students completing this course will have a clear understanding of code and a thorough understanding of the code book. Text utilized is the Current Edition of the Massachusetts Electrical Code (NOT included in the course fee) and Tom Henry’s Journeyman Exam Q & A (included in the course fee).  It is recommended that all students bring a copy of the latest National Electrical Code®, NEC® Handbook to class. 

Masters Electrical - ** SPRINGFIELD ONLY **
This 168-hour Certified Program as per requirements contained in “237 CMR 22.02: Required Electrical Education as a Prerequisite for Master Electrician Examination”’ will focus the attention of the Eligible Candidate to the current testing edition of the National Electrical Code (NFPA 70-2011) with particular attention also given to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Electrical Code Amendments (527 CMR 12:00) as contained in the current edition of the National Electrical Code (NFPA 70-2011) and other required documents and information required to sit for the test. This course is intended to supplement the continuing studies of the serious Eligible Candidate, with emphasis on assisting the Eligible Candidate to pass the desired Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Certificate A (Master) Electrician License Examination, the first time.

 

HVAC 

HVAC 1
This course consists of 150 classroom hours covering the following areas: Basic Safety; Introduction to Construction Math; Introduction to Hand Tools; Introduction to Power Tools; Introduction to Construction Drawings; Basic Rigging; Basic Communication Skills; Basic Employability Skills; Introduction to Materials Handling; Introduction to HVAC; Trade Mathematics; Copper and Plastic Piping Practices; Soldering and Brazing; Ferrous Metal Piping Practices; Basic Electricity; Introduction to Cooling; Introduction to Heating; Air Distribution Systems. 

HVAC 2
This course consists of 150 classroom hours covering the following areas: Commercial Airside Systems; Chimneys, Vents, and Flues; Introduction to Hydronic Systems; Air Quality Equipment; Leak Detection, Evacuation, Recovery, and Charging; Alternating Current; Basic Electronics; Introduction to Control Circuit Troubleshooting; Troubleshooting Gas Heating; Troubleshooting Cooling; Heat Pumps; Basic Installation and Maintenance Practices; Sheet Metal Duct Systems; Fiberglass and Flexible Duct Systems.

HVAC 3
This course consists of 150 classroom hours covering the following areas: Refrigerants and Oils; Compressors; Metering Devices; Retail Refrigeration Systems; Commercial Hydronic Systems; Steam Systems; Planned Maintenance; Water Treatment; Troubleshooting Electronic Controls; Troubleshooting Oil Heating; Troubleshooting Heat Pumps; Troubleshooting Accessories.

HVAC 4
This course consists of 150 classroom hours covering the following areas: Construction Drawings and Specifications; System Balancing; Indoor Air Quality; Energy Conservation Equipment; Building Management Systems; System Startup and Shutdown; Heating and Cooling System Design; Commercial and Industrial Refrigeration Systems; Alternative Heating and Cooling Systems; Introduction to Supervisory Skills.

 

MASONRY

Masonry 1
This course consists of 150 classroom hours covering the following areas: Basic Safety; Introduction to Construction Math; Introduction to Hand Tools; Introduction to Power Tools; Introduction to Construction Drawings; Basic Rigging; Basic Communication Skills; Basic Employability Skills; Introduction to Materials Handling; Introduction to Masonry; Masonry Tools and Equipment; Measurements, Drawings and Specifications; Mortar; Masonry Units and Installations Techniques. 

Masonry 2
This course consists of 150 classroom hours covering the following areas: Residential Plans and Drawing Interpretation; Residential Masonry; Grout and Other Reinforcement; Metal Work in Masonry; Advanced Laying Techniques; Construction Techniques and Moisture Control; Construction Inspection and Quality Control. 

Masonry 3
This course consists of 150 classroom hours covering the following areas: Masonry in High-Rise Construction; Specialized Materials and Techniques; Repair and Restoration; Commercial Drawings; Estimating; Site Layout - Distance Measurement and Leveling; Introductory Skills for the Crew Leader.

 

PIPEFITTING

Pipefitting 1
This course consists of 150 classroom hours covering the following areas: Basic Safety; Introduction to Construction Math; Introduction to Hand Tools; Introduction to Power Tools; Introduction to Construction Drawings; Basic Rigging; Basic Communication Skills; Basic Employability Skills; Introduction to Materials Handling; Orientation to the Trade; Pipefitting Hand Tools; Pipefitting Power Tools; Oxyfuel Cutting; Ladders and Scaffolds; Motorized Equipment. 

Pipefitting 2
This course consists of 150 classroom hours covering the following areas: Piping Systems; Drawings and Detail Sheets; Identifying and Installing Valves; Pipefitting Trade Math; Threaded Pipe Fabrication; Socket Weld Pipe Fabrication; Butt Weld Pipe Fabrication; Excavations; Underground Pipe Installations.

Pipefitting 3
This course consists of 150 classroom hours covering the following areas: Rigging Equipment; Rigging Practices; Standards and Specifications; Advanced Trade Math; Motorized Equipment Two; Introduction to Aboveground Pipe Installation; Field Routing and Vessel Trim; Pipe Hangers and Supports; Testing Piping Systems and Equipment.

Pipefitting 4
This course consists of 150 classroom hours covering the following areas: Advanced Blueprint Reading; Advanced Pipe Fabrication; Stress Relieving and Aligning; Steam Traps; In-Line Specialties; Special Piping.

 

PLUMBING

Plumbing Tier 1
This course consists of 150 classroom hours covering the following areas: Lesson 1: Introduction to Plumbing; Lesson 2: Safety & Installation Practices; Lesson 3: Education and Experience Requirements 248 CMR 3.00 and 11.00; Lesson 4: Materials, Tools, and Joining Methods used in Plumbing; Lesson 5: Valves and Devices Used in Plumbing; Lesson 6: Residential Blueprint Reading; Lesson 7: Math; Lesson 8: Definitions.

Plumbing Tier 2
This course consists of 150 classroom hours covering the following areas: Lesson 1: Drainage; Lesson 2: Building Sanitary Waste and Venting System; Lesson 3: Allowable Material Standards and Approval Procedures of the Massachusetts State Board of Examiners of Plumbers and Gasfitters; Lesson 4: Plumbing Traps; Lesson 5: Cleanouts; Lesson 6: Plumbing Code; Lesson 7: Potable Water Supply; Lesson 8: Math; Lesson 9: Gas Fitting; Lesson 10: Blueprint Reading; Lesson 11: Definitions.


Plumbing Tier 3
This course consists of 150 classroom hours covering the following areas: Lesson 1: Venting; Lesson 2: Drainage; Lesson 3: Water Supply; Lesson 4: Testing & Safety; Lesson 5: Storm Drains; Lesson 6: Gas Code; Lesson 7: Fixture Installation; Lesson 8: Definitions.

Plumbing Tier 4
This course consists of 150 classroom hours covering the following areas: Lesson 1: Gas Code; Lesson 2: General Provisions; Lesson 3: Scope and Jurisdiction; Lesson 4: Drainage Piping; Lesson 5: Water Supply; Lesson 6: Fixture Installations; Lesson 7: Hospital Fixtures; Lesson 8: Manufactured Homes & Construction Trailers; Lesson 9: Public and Semi-Public Swimming Pools; Lesson 10: Vacuum Drainage Systems; Lesson 11: Basic Principles; Lesson 12: Definitions. 

Plumbing Tier 5
This course consists of 150 classroom hours covering the following areas: Lesson 1: Thorough review of all sections of the Massachusetts State Plumbing Code 248 CMR 3.00, 248 CMR 4.00, and 248 CMR 10.00; Lesson 2: Thorough review of all sections of NFPA-54, NFPA-58, Introduction and Massachusetts Modifications 248 CMR 4.00, and Massachusetts Code for Gas Utilization Equipment in Large Boilers, 248 CMR 7.00; Lesson 3: Thorough review of all plumbing related math covered in Tier I through Tier IV; Lesson 4: Thorough review of all sketches in Massachusetts State Plumbing Code Section 10.22 Figures; Lesson 5:Business Related Costs.

Massachusetts Plumbing & Gasfitting License Code
This course consists of 150 classroom hours covering the following areas: MA Licensing Regulation for Plumbing and Gas Fitting and the following topics: MA Code for Plumbing and Gas Fitting; Basic Math; Advanced Math; Pipe Layout and Design for Plumbing and Gas Fitting; Pipe sizing - DWV Piping Systems and Blue Print Reading.

 

ROOFING

Roofing 1
This course consists of 150 classroom hours covering the following areas: Nails, Fasteners and Adhesives; Concrete and Reinforcement Materials; Tools of the Trade; Fasteners, Hangers and Supports; Steel and Other Metals; Principles of Layout; Introduction to Sheet Metal Processes; Bolting and Aligning; Rigging. 

Roofing 2
This course consists of 150 classroom hours covering the following areas: Roof Systems; Soldering; Gutters and Downspouts; Roof Flashing; Hand Tools; Power Tools; Trim and Flashing; Roof Panel Types and Systems Design; Installing Standing Seam Roof Systems; Installing Lap Seam Roof Systems. 

Roofing 3 
This course consists of 150 classroom hours covering the following areas: Physical Characteristics / Properties of Metals; Introduction to Welding, Brazing and Cutting; Roofing Applications; Installation of Cornices, Gutters, and Downspouts; Fabrication Two - Radial Line Development; Reroofing; Roof Coatings.

 

SHEET METAL

Sheet Metal 1
This course consists of 150 classroom hours covering the following areas: Basic Safety; Introduction To Construction Math; Introduction To Hand Tools;   Introduction To Power Tools; Introduction To Construction Drawings; Basic Rigging; Basic Communication Skills; Basic Employability Skills; Introduction To Materials Handling; Introduction To The Sheet Metal Trade; Tools Of The Trade; Introduction To Sheet Metal Layout And Processes; Trade Math One; Fabrication One — Parallel Line Development.

Sheet Metal 2

This course consists of 150 classroom hours covering the following areas: Installation Of Ductwork; Installation Of Air Distribution Accessories; Insulation; Architectural Sheet Metal; Trade Math Two; Plans And Specifications; Fabrication Two: Radial Line Development; Sheet Metal Duct Fabrication Standards; Hands On Training.

Sheet Metal 3
This course consists of 150 classroom hours covering the following areas: Air Properties And Distribution; Bend Allowances; Soldering; Basic Piping Practices; Fiberglass Duct; Trade Math Three – Field Measuring And Fitting; Air Systems; Principles Of Airflow; Louvers, Dampers, And Access Doors; Hands On Training.

Sheet Metal 4
This course consists of 150 classroom hours covering the following areas: Comprehensive Plan And Specification Reading; Fabrication Three – Triangulation; Advanced Architectural Sheet Metal; Shop Production And Organization; Air Balance; Hands On Training. 

Sheet Metal 5
This course consists of 150 classroom hours covering the following areas: Louvers, Dampers, And Access Doors; Fume And Exhaust System Design; Fabrication Four – Comprehensive Review; Introductory Skills For The Crew Leader; Hands On Training; Sheet Metal Code Review.

 

SPRINKLER FITTING

Sprinkler Fitting 1
This course consists of 150 classroom hours covering the following areas:Basic Safety; Introduction to Construction Math; Introduction to Hand Tools; Introduction to Power Tools; Introduction to Construction Drawings; Basic Rigging; Basic Communication Skills; Basic Employability Skills; Introduction to Materials Handling; Orientation to the Trade; Introduction to Components and Systems; Steel Pipe; CPVC Pipe and Fittings; Copper Tube Systems; Underground Pipe.  It is recommended that all students bring a copy of NFPA 13 – 2007 Edition Automatic Sprinkler Systems Handbook – item # 13HB07 to class.

Sprinkler Fitting 2
This course consists of 150 classroom hours covering the following areas: Hangers, Supports, Restraints and Guides; General Purpose Valves; General Trade Math; Shop Drawings; Standard Spray Fire Sprinklers; Wet Fire Sprinkler Systems; Dry-Pipe Systems. It is recommended that all students bring a copy of NFPA 13 – 2007 Edition Automatic Sprinkler Systems Handbook – item # 13HB07 to class.

Sprinkler Fitting 3
This course consists of 150 classroom hours covering the following areas: Deluge/Preaction Systems; Standpipes; Water Supplies; Fire Pumps; Application-Specific Sprinklers and Nozzles. It is recommended that all students bring a copy of NFPA 13 – 2007 Edition Automatic Sprinkler Systems Handbook – item # 13HB07 to class.

Sprinkler Fitting 4 
This course consists of 150 classroom hours covering the following areas: System Layout; Inspection, Testing and Maintenance; Special Extinguishing Systems; Introductory Skills for the Foreman.  It is recommended that all students bring a copy of NFPA 13 – 2007 Edition Automatic Sprinkler Systems Handbook – item # 13HB07 to class.