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Intro to Construction 101

101 Introduction to Construction is a 22-week course consisting of 135 hours of core construction designed to introduce students to the core foundation of the construction as well as act as a gateway to the more complex trade-specific courses. The course teaches a range of topics to prepare workers for different fields in the construction industry.  Beginning with Trades Safety, this program covers Construction Math; Intro to Hand Tools; Power Tools; Construction Drawings; Basic Rigging; Basic Communication Skills; Basic Employability Skills; and Intro into Materials Handling. This program is the gateway to more complex trade-specific courses. 

Students will have an opportunity to participate in an exploratory training program that allows students to learn the basic fundamentals of each specific trade.  This part of the program will expand over the last 7 weeks of the course and will introduce students to the basics of the trades. (During each of the 7 weeks there will be one class of theory and one class for a hands-on project per trade, which are listed below.)


If you are into sound systems, robotics, or tinkering with wires, you should think about a career as an electrician. The complex wiring, outlets, switches, and circuit breakers that turn on lights, charge phones, and even keep large factories running are the handiwork of electricians.

Sheet Metal

Are you a visual person? Do you enjoy mechanics and fitting puzzles together? Sheet metal workers cut and mold sheets of metal into products for installing and repairing ventilation and air ducts. They also construct airplanes, automobiles, and billboards. Most sheet metal fabrication shops are completely computerized, so sheet metal workers may be responsible for programming control systems on various pieces of equipment.


Do you like building, traveling, and being outdoors? Why not consider a career that is fun and offers financial freedom. Carpenters measure, cut, and shape wood, plastic, fiberglass, and drywall. Commercial and industrial carpenters construct, erect, install and repair structures and fixtures.


Do people ask for your help with fixing mechanical things? Look into becoming a plumber. Plumbers do much more than fix sinks and toilets in residential homes. They design and install piping systems that distribute water and remove waste from buildings and connect heating and cooling systems. Plumbers have to be knowledgeable in water distribution, blueprint reading, local ordinances and regulations, mathematics, mechanical drawing, physics, welding, and soldering.

Sprinkler Fitting

Are you a detail-oriented person? Sprinkler fitting may be a good career to consider! Sprinkler fitters design, install and test automatic fire protection sprinkler systems and components such as sprinklers, piping, and valves. They have to know all of the local and national sprinkler codes and make sure that all work according to specifications.


Are you a bit of a perfectionist? Do you enjoy reading plans and making something useful? Consider becoming a pipefitter. Pipefitters plan and install detailed pipe systems for commercial and industrial projects. These pipes may carry water, chemicals, or gases to the crucial building systems. Pipefitters use many tools to cut and bend pipes to precise specifications.


Are you interested in model building or have coined yourself “Mr. Fix It”? HVAC technicians are always piecing things together as they install, maintain, and repair heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. Can’t decide between mechanical systems or electronics? HVAC covers it all! Motors, compressors, pumps, fans, thermostats, and computerized switches control systems in residential, commercial, and industrial structures.

In addition to the Core Curriculum training and the introductory Trade-Specific training, students will also receive Hot Work Safety training and certification and an OSHA-10 training and certification. 


101 Introduction to Construction consists of 114 classroom hours and 21 hands-on hours. 

February 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022

Tuesdays and Thursdays

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Cost:  $1,200.00

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