Building Construction Trades

Award: Career Studies

Purpose: The career studies program in Building Construction Trades is designed to help entry-level employees in construction-related trades obtain job specific knowledge and skills to improve their work performance and career status within the industry. The curriculum provides an understanding of the common principles and practices of the modern construction industry, as well as specific knowledge and skills in a trade area selected by the student. Five specializations are available: Electrical, HVAC, Plumbing, Carpentry and Masonry. The courses contained in these programs are applicable to fulfilling the related education requirements that are prerequisite to taking the Journeyman or Master Certification tests. Information on specific trade certification requirements may be obtained from the National Assessment Institute (NAI), Toll-Free in Virginia 1-800-356-3381.

Occupational Objectives: Opportunities for employment and license as a Journeyman or Master’s Level Tradesman in the areas of Electrical, HVAC, Plumbing, Carpentry and Masonry fields.

Admission Requirements: Admission to the Building Construction Trades Career Studies Certificate Program is based upon the general requirements for admission to the college. Deficiencies in general education may require enrollment in Developmental Studies. The student is expected to select one of the available program options during admission and registration.

Program Requirements: Students entering any of the options must complete the three general education core courses as listed and all courses included in each option.

Course Sequence

Required Core Courses   Lecture Hours Lab Hours Credits
MTH 103 Applied Technical Math 3 0 3
BLD 111 Blueprint Reading 2 2 3
SAF 120 Safety & Health Standard Regulations and Codes 3 0 3
Course Sequences based on specialization area: Electrical        
ELE 110 Home Electric Power 2 2 3
ELE 133 Practical Electricity I 2 2 3
ELE 134 Practical Electricity II 2 2 3
ELE 131 National Electrical Code 3 0 3
ELE 216 Industrial Electricity 2 2 3
ELE 156 Electrical Control System 2 2 3
  Total Minimum Credits 21 12 27
Course Sequences based on specialization area: HVAC        
AIR 121 A/C & Refrigeration I 2 2 3
AIR 122 A/C & Refrigeration II 2 2 3
AIR 123 A/C & Refrigeration III 2 2 3
AIR 154 Heating System 2 2 3
AIR 158 Mechanical Codes 2 0 2
AIR 117 Metal Layout 1 6 3
  Total Minimum Credits 19 16 36
Course Sequences based on specialization area: Plumbing        
BLD 20 Introduction to Plumbing 1 2 2
BLD 25 Analysis & Troubleshooting/Plumbing 2 2 3
BLD 195 Plumbing I, II, III, IV, & V (3 credits each) 15 0 15
  Total Minimum Credits 24 5 29
Course Sequences based on specialization area: Carpentry        
BLD 131 Carpentry Framing I 3 4 5
BLD 132 Carpentry Framing II 3 4 5
BLD 133 Carpentry Framing III 3 4 5
BLD 134 Carpentry Framing IV 3 4 5
  Total Minimum Credits 12 16 20
Course Sequences based on specialization area: Masonry        
BLD 126 Basic Carpentry Principles 2 2 3
BLD 146 Form Work & Concrete Theory 2 2 3
BLD 147 Principles of Block and Bricklaying 1 2 2
BLD 181 Intro to Concrete Construction 2 2 3
BLD 183 Reinforcing Concrete and Patented Forms 3 0 3
  Total Minimum Credits 18 10 24

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Career Studies Certificate – Building Construction Trades program will:

  1. Understand construction terminology within a specific trade
  2. Practice construction safety
  3. Demonstrate the proper use of hand and power tools
  4. Interpret construction drawings within a specific trade
  5. Demonstrate the correct use and understanding of measurement tools

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