Construction Continuing Education

Construction Trades

The Construction Trades program provides students with training for an entry-level position in building construction. The five required courses (Carpentry I, Carpentry II, Blueprint Reading, Construction Estimating, and Masonry) take students from the basic tools and equipment used through the entire house-building process. Carpentry I and Blueprint Reading are offered in the fall; Carpentry II and Construction Estimating are offered in the spring; and Masonry is offered in the summer. Students must demonstrate the minimum level of competence and safety in applied measurement, mathematics, blueprint comprehension, tools and equipment by earning the certificate in Carpentry I within the past three semesters, or by gaining the written verification of those skills from the instructor, prior to enrollment in this Carpentry II class.

Blueprint Reading

This course covers all of the fundamentals of the language of architecture, including the symbols, lines, and terminology used in the residential construction trades. Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to clearly understand a set of residential blueprints. 24 hours. $74

48160 Th 10/22–12/10 6–9 p.m. NEWT 418 October 19 registration deadline

Carpentry I

This course is the first of two carpentry courses. This sequence is designed to take the student from basic tools and equipment through the entire house-building process. This first course covers basic hand and power tool use and safety. Students are required to build a furniture/cabinetry project of their choice. Students are responsible for obtaining their own materials after consulting with the instructor. 144 hours. $205.35

48159 MW 8/17–12/7 5:30–10 p.m. NEWT 418 August 13 registration deadline

Related Trades

MSSC Certified Production Technician

This integrated course addresses the core technical competencies of higher-skilled production workers in all sectors of manufacturing. The blended training and assessment is divided into four modules: Safety, Quality Practices & Measurement, Manufacturing Processes & Production and Maintenance Awareness. At the end of each module, students take an online assessment and upon successful completion of all four modules, will be awarded the Certified Production Technician certification. 140 hours. $929

48518 TTh 8/18–12/10 5–9 p.m. CEC 607 August 25 registration deadline

Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator (Grade II)

This course is designed to provide students with a general knowledge of the operation of wastewater treatment systems. The course explains the laws and regulations related to wastewater treatment systems operation, covers the equipment usually employed in such plants, and describes the general maintenance requirements for such plants. This training meets the requirements necessary for taking the Grade II Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators Certification Examination. Students are expected to have knowledge of Grade I material. 54 hours. $135

48587 TTh 9/1–10/29 6–9 p.m. NDWR August 25 registration deadline


The welding classes are divided into categories and each class will concentrate on a particular welding apparatus. The individual classes will cover Basic Welding, Oxy-Acetylene torches, MIG Welding, Stick/Arc welders, and finally TIG Welding. In order to take the TIG Welding class a student must first successfully complete either of the preceding courses with the same instructor. Training strategies include lecture and hands-on activities. Evaluation is based on attendance, class participation, and demonstration of skills.

Basic Welding for Commercial Artists

Learn about the potential hazards of welding, how to use safety equipment properly, and the use of specific rods for different kinds of metals. Topics include gas welding, operating a cutting torch, electric welding, heli-arc welding, and safety. Students receive instruction through lecture and hands-on activities. Evaluation is based on attendance, class participation, and demonstration of skills. 24 hours. $100.35

48162 T 9/1–10/20 5:45–8:45 p.m. BACO 2032 August 26 registration deadline

Welding, Stick/Arc

Learn more about stick/arc welding and demonstrate those skills. This session includes arc welding using high amperage electric welders. Students will be taught how to prepare the surfaces to be welded, which rods are appropriate for the weld, and how to set up the machines. Students will learn how to safely strike and maintain an arc, run a bead, and to join separate pieces of metal. 24 hours. $100.35

48164 W 9/2–10/21 5:45–8:45 p.m. BACO 2032 August 26 registration deadline

Welding, TIG

This course focuses on Tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding with high amperage electric welders, which is used on aluminum and stainless steel. Students learn how to prepare surfaces and how to safely maintain an arc and control the rod. By the second day of class, students must purchase their own TIG welding gloves, available at the Machine & Welding Supply Company, 715 E. Geer Street, Unit C-1, in Durham. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the Welding, Oxy-Acetylene and Basic Welding courses. 24 hours. $100.35

48165 Th 9/3–10/22 5:45–8:45 p.m. BACO 2032 August 26 registration deadline