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NCCER CORE Construction

Course Description

The course work is divided into three levels of training including employment skills, safety and tools, and construction training modules.  These modules are designed to build upon each other and are delivered over the course of several weeks.  At the conclusion of Level 2, students will be required to work in a hands-on construction setting for 16 hours prior to their graduation.

Course Curriculum Level 1: Employment Skills Training: (40 hrs)

Employability Skills

12 Hrs

Provides trainees with techniques for communicating effectively with co-workers and supervisors.  Includes practical examples that emphasize the importance of verbal and written information and instructions on the job.  Also discusses effective telephone and email communication skills.

Basic Communication Skills

12 Hrs

Identifies the roles of individuals and companies in the construction industry. Introduces trainees to critical and problem solving skills and computer systems and the industry applications. Also reviews effective relationship skills and effective self-presentation, and key workplace issues such as sexual harassment, stress, and substance abuse and team work strategies. 

Contextualized Math

12 Hrs

This class introduces the student to the measuring and math that is used widely in the construction trades.  The student reviews basic concepts such as; (i) addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, (ii) working with whole numbers and fractions, (iii) working with simple geometric forms to compute perimeter, area and volume, (iv) percentages and decimals, and (v) converting units such as feet to inches.  Finally, the student uses several measuring devices to compute lengths and find areas and volume.

Basic Computers and Construction Related Software

4 Hrs

This class addresses basic computer operation and the hardware and software associated with the construction industry.   Students will be introduced to several building diagram, blueprint, and 3D rendering software.

Course Curriculum Level 2:  Safety and Tool Training (40 hrs)

Basic Safety

10 Hrs

The course covers the basic awareness of job-site-safety and the root causes of accidents and the impacts of OSHA.  Students learn to recognize hazards and assess risks associated with fall protection, such as ladders, stairs, and scaffolding.  In addition students learn about PPE, the importance of hazard communications (HazCom) and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs), and other construction hazards on the job site.

Introduction to Hand Tools and Power Tools

8 Hrs

This course directs the student in the knowledge and the safe use of hand and power tools.  Students must recognize and identify some of the basic hand tools and their proper uses in the construction trades and determine if they are safe to use.  Students must recognize and identify power tools and their proper uses in the construction trades and determine if they are safe to use.  Students will utilize the skills learned to create a project that includes the use of all tools.  These projects are ever changing.

Introduction to Diagrams and Blueprints

6 Hrs

Familiarizes trainees with basic diagrams and blueprint terms, components, and symbols.  Explains the different types of drawings as well as their purpose in the construction sequence and instructs trainees on how to interpret and use drawing dimensions.

Hands-On Practicum

16 Hrs

Familiarizes trainees with basic diagrams and blueprint terms, components, and symbols.  Explains the different types of drawings as well as their purpose in the construction sequence and instructs trainees on how to interpret and use drawing dimensions.