Classes and training programs in construction are widely available at community colleges and technical schools. These programs are generally geared towards construction project managers and supervisors, and often they result in associate's degrees. Non-academic training programs are also available through technical schools and outreach programs where students may earn a certificate of completion or enter into apprenticeship programs. Most academic and non-academic programs include a mixture of formal instruction and hands-on training.
Within these construction classes, students explore the following:
- Tools and materials
- Accident prevention and safety regulations
- Blueprint reading
- Project estimating
- Plumbing and electricity
List of Construction Courses
Contractors use blueprints created by architects and engineers to understand how the customer wants the building created. In this course, students and trainees learn construction terminology, symbols and abbreviations commonly used on construction plans and drawings. Emphasis is on interpreting the blueprint to build to specifications.
Beginning with the basics, students learn the theories of electricity including Ohm's law, electrical systems and types of wiring. Circuit design and installation of electrical systems in a residential building are also covered in this course, as are circuit capacity and building codes.
Methods, Materials and Equipment
Standard building approaches are presented in this construction class. Traditional site erection, prefabrication, testing methods, materials availability, and equipment usage are covered.
This course prepares students to determine costs for materials and labor. Students also receive training concerning costs in relation to meeting OSHA and other labor standards. Students may learn to use computer software programs to perform cost estimating, forecasting, and reporting.
Apprenticeship programs can be found in many different construction trades, and organizations, like the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA), regulate these programs. Per standards set by LIUNA, apprenticeship programs typically include around 300 hours of formal construction classes accompanied by no less than 4,000 hours of direct on-site training. Labor unions and other trade organizations offer apprenticeship programs.