Building Trades I & II
Prerequisite: Application
Credit: 3
Grade Level: 11-12

Each course carries 16 credit hours toward Hutchinson Community College degree. The objective of the building trades program is to prepare students for employment in all phases of practical carpentry. Through this program, the student should be able to leave at the end of any given year with enough skill to enter the trade or a college level technical building trades program. This carries three units of credit for high school students but will transfer 32 credit hours to Hutchinson Community College upon completion of Building Trades I & II, should the student desire to pursue an AAS degree in Building Trades Technology.

Building Trades I A - Students will learn the basic components of the construction of a house. Both classroom and on-site instruction will deal with framing, roofing, siding, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, and electrical work. In addition, aspects of dry walling, installation of doors, cabinets, and millwork will be addressed. Good background courses include: Industrial Technology, Machine Woodworking, Sheet Metal and Welding. Building Trades I indicates the first year in the program.

Building Trades I B - This course is a research and application course that covers topics in building construction. Topics covered will include management and “green building” skills. Coursework will focus upon a particular skill or set of skills related to one subtopic, such as floor framing, wall and partition framing, interior finishing, or exterior finishing. Students will gain skills in the growing field of Green Technology, while learning the relevance of math and science in the workplace.

Building Trades I C - Students will acquire skill and knowledge related to the electrical systems found in family dwellings. Topics may also include cable installation, telephone systems, and the installation of lighting fixtures, outlets, and an overview of security systems utilized in many of today’s homes.

Building Trades I D - A course designed to instruct students in the skills required for residential remodeling and maintenance. Students analyze problems and related solutions associated with restoration and rehabilitation projects. Topics covered include: removal of existing interior finish materials, restoration of materials, insulation, wiring, plumbing & heating, drywall & plaster repair, wallpapering, painting, staining, and finishing techniques.

Building Trades II A - Students will learn fine skills and have the opportunity to explore their area of interest in greater depth. The opportunity to learn management or team leader responsibilities will be given for those who have an interest in this area. This is a continuation of Building Trades I utilizing both classroom and on-site instruction to deal with framing, roofing, siding, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, and electrical work. In addition, aspects of dry walling, installation of doors, cabinets, and millwork will be addressed.. Good background courses include: Industrial Technology, Machine Woodworking, Sheet Metal and Welding. Building Trades II indicates the second year in the program.

Building Trades II B - Students will learn basic and advanced principles in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning and include topics such as air filtration methods, humidity control, and the installation and maintenance of heat pumps, furnaces, and air conditioners. Students also learn about climate control systems; electrical wiring; systems design; sizing, fabricating, and installing ductwork; installing and maintaining climate control systems; and safety.

Building Trades II C - This course addresses continued HVAC instruction and an introduction to plumbing. Topics include installation, assembly, maintenance, and repair of piping, plumbing, heating equipment, and water and drainage systems. Students will also cover the computation of heat losses and BTU requirements and blueprint reading. Students gain experience with electric, gas, and oil furnaces; vacuum pumps; air compressors; and mechanical and pneumatic testing equipment.

Building Trades II D - Students will be instructed in supervision, estimating, construction materials, tools, and equipment used in the construction trade. Estimating the ratio of labor to material cost for rough framing, exterior finish, and interior finish carpentry will also be covered.