Building Construction

 
   
 

Building Construction
"Helping Students FIT into the 21st Century"

Instructor: Kim Eades

 
 
    Students will be involved in various projects which include house construction, cabinetry, roofing, masonry, plumbing, electrical work, and material and cost estimation.

    Students will be trained in the classroom, shop, and field in the carpentry trade and related areas of building construction such as siding, insulation, painting, drywall, prefabrication, and heavy equipment operation.

Sequence of courses are as follows:
 
  • Fundamentals of Building Construction 1
  • Building Construction Applications
  • Foundation and Framing
  • Blueprint Reading for Construction
  • Mansonry and Plumbing
  • Exterior Finish Carpentry
  • Finish Carpentry
  • Concrete Finishing

 

Articulation Agreement

 

  • WVUIT -30 credit hours in Civil Engineering Technology
  • WVSC&T -28 credit hours
 
Certification

 

  • F.I.T. Technical Career Education Certificate of Completion
  • AGC (Associated General Contractors)
  • NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research)
  • EDGE approved curriculum

Curriculum
 

  • Introduction to building construction
  • Remodeling, renovation, and repair
  • Footings and foundations
  • Floor, wall, ceiling, and roof framing
  • Finish flooring
  • Painting, finishing, and decorating
  • Plumbing systems
  • Roofing materials and methods
  • Job requirements of craft trades
  • Shop and field safety
  • Hand and power tool use and safety
  • Wood technology
  • Plans, specifications, and codes
  • Leveling instruments
  • Windows and exterior doors
  • Thermal and sound insulation
  • Interior wall and ceiling finish
  • Stair construction
  • Electrical wiring
  • Concrete pouring and finishing
 
Job Opportunities

 

  • Framing carpenter
  • Form carpenter
  • Drywall mechanic
  • Finish carpenter
  • Cabinet maker
  • Plumber
  • Hardware clerk
  • Siding mechanic
  • Lumber company clerk
  • Roofing mechanic
  • Stock person

Unique Opportunities

    Students receive hands-on experience by building an entire house on-site which is auctioned to the public upon completion. Students are also given the opportunity to complete personal, school, and non-profit organization projects to enhance their experience, knowledge, and work skills.

    Using a computerized router, students have designed, built, and painted 30 signs for non-profit organizations in our county.

    Students have the opportunity to visit new housing and commercial construction sites to observe workers and supervisors.