Construction workers of all kinds are in high demand and the positions pay well. Carpenter, pipefitter, welder, electrician, and heavy equipment operator are just a few of the construction professions needed. The highest-paid and most skilled workers earn Journeyman status, which is achieved by first going through an apprenticeship program. Apprenticeships also allow individuals to learn while on the job and earn a paycheck.
Construction Apprentices will complete 160 hours per year of Related Technical Instruction (RTI) in everything from blueprint reading to building layout to finish work. Apprentices must also complete 8,000 hours of on-the-job training to achieve Journeyman status.
Core: Pre-Apprenticeship for Construction
The Core Program is a competency-based, industry-recognized program for career and technical education. Its modules cover topics such as basic safety, communication skills, and introduction to construction drawings. The recently released sixth edition of the Core program features new modules introducing construction careers, performance tests, and updates on math, hand tools, power tools, and drawings. This course is a prerequisite for the Construction Apprenticeship Program.
Instructor: Greg Richardson
The fundamentals of construction and carpentry will be covered in the first year. Topics include construction drawings and specifications, building materials, fasteners, and adhesives. Students will also be introduced to the building envelope, floor, wall systems, ceiling joist, and roof framing. Students are required to complete the Core: Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program prior to enrolling in the first year.
The second year will focus on framing and finishing. Topics include cold-formed steel framing, exterior finishing, thermal & moisture protection, drywall installation, and finishing. Students will also be introduced to commercial drawings, doors, suspended ceilings, trim, and much more.
The third year will focus on carpentry forms. Topics include concrete, horizontal and vertical formwork, foundations, trenching, and excavating. Students will also be introduced to rigging equipment, tilt-up wall systems, handling/placing concrete, and much more.
The fourth year will focus on advanced topics in construction. Topics include site layout and preparation, advanced roof, wall, and stair systems. Students will also be introduced to oxyfuel cutting, arc welding, and the fundamentals of crew leadership.