An introduction to construction materials and methods and their applications. This is a hands-on survey course which has four components: construction management, concrete/masonry, carpentry, and woodworking. Students learn to use math, blueprints, building specifications, optical leveling equipment, hand tools, portable power tools and stationary power tools in a sequence of learning activities designed for students to acquire entry-level skills and knowledge of the construction industry.
Students gain experience in basic woodworking and concrete skills by doing. They learn how to choose a site and lay out a building. They also create various projects to learn carpentry and concrete skills. Examples of these are displayed on the Students Projects page and on the photos page for this course.
Not all Construction Methods & Materials classes create the same projects; however, all projects are designed to teach students basic woodworking and concrete skills.
Photos of basic building layout steps
Syllabus is available on the current semester's schedule page
Builders Level, Transit Level & Equipment (PDF - fairly large file)
Basic Building Layout (PDF)