Construction Technology Courses

BTT 105 Safety & Orientation (OSHA 10) (1)

This course covers the tools and materials required for the Building Trades. Students will be introduced to wood and lumber, engineered panels, and engineered lumber products, fasteners, hand tools, portable power tools, and stationary power tools. Students will begin to safely operate hand and power tools. This course covers the safety and job hazards for the building trades industry. Students will identify types of job hazards, accident prevention measures, lists classes of fires, be familiar with a fire extinguisher, demonstrate proper methods of lifting, list forms of eye protection, learn ways to protect hands when working with a table saw.

Syllabus • Locations and Class Schedule

BTT 106 Introductory Craft Skills (3)

This course includes the general and specific introduction into the construction business. The study of the Occupational Outlook and the various types of jobs available is also included. Students will need to pass a safety test on hand and power tools and equipment operations. The course also presents basic mathematics and its application to the construction industry.

Syllabus • Locations and Class Schedule

BTT 109 Carpentry Basics (4)

This is a step by step class that teaches the student how to use equipment, tools and fasteners; measure, cut, drill, join, fasten and finish various types of hardwoods and softwoods. The student will read, and interpret plans, elevations, schedules, sections, and details contained in basic construction drawings. Students master a variety of construction skills by applying knowledge through their participation in a ‘student design-built’ house project.

Syllabus • Locations and Class Schedule

BTT 111 Roof & Framing (3)

A practical study of roof styles including gambrel, gamble, shed, hips, and trusses.  The course covers rafter/truss design, lay-out, and framing.  Students will also learn about cornice, soffits, and gable end construction.

Syllabus • Locations and Class Schedule

BTT 119 Floors, Walls, & Ceiling Framing (4)

Prerequisite: BTT 111

This course provides experience in construction of the sub-floor system in a residential house according to the Uniform Building Code. The student will gain experience in construction and installing exterior walls and interior walls, plus a practical study of sheet rock materials and finishing techniques.

Syllabus • Locations and Class Schedule

BTT 121 Residential Concrete Construction (2)

Though the finishing of footings, foundations, and floor slabs is typically done by subcontractors, there are occasions when the residential carpenter is called on to build basic forms and place reinforcing materials in the structure. This course is a study of the reinforcing materials, concrete and basic formwork used in construction. Student will learn how to perform several masonry and concrete finishing tasks, such as mixing concrete, building footings, edges and wall forms and using concrete reinforcing materials.

Syllabus • Locations and Class Schedule

BTT 155 Residential Interior Finish Carpentry (5)

Prerequisite: BTT 121

The attractiveness of a home is often determined by the quality of its finish. Care needs to be taken in selecting the materials to finish the interior of the home. This courses describes the various materials used for insulating the home, finishing the walls and ceilings, and cabinetry.

Syllabus • Locations and Class Schedule

BTT 159 Windows, Doors, & Stairs (3)

This course is a study of the exterior sheathings, windows, doors, siding, eave, and fascia.  It includes installation, finish, and maintenance. The design style and installation of various types of windows and doors is covered. Experience in installing thresholds, weather stripping, lock-sets and overhead garaged doors is included.

Syllabus • Locations and Class Schedule

BTT 170 Painting, Finishing, & Decorating (4)

Prerequisite: BTT 159

Wood and certain other covering material used on inside and outside of the home require protective coatings against soiling, rot and other types of deterioration caused by the environment. Unfinished woods discolor, shrink, sell, check and warp if left unprotected. This course describes the various materials used for coatings that cover all types of finishes whether designed for wood or other materials such as metals and drywall. Coatings include paints, stains, varnishes and various synthetic materials both clear and colored.

Syllabus • Locations and Class Schedule

What's Happening At Highland