Program Description

The curriculum prepares students for working in the construction industry. The program qualifies graduates to seek employment as apprentice carpenters and journey-level carpenters. Students may also complete at least two years’ experience which can be applied towards the required four years’ experience needed to qualify for a Class “B” State of California Contractors License.

Instruction is offered in all phases of construction from demolition of an existing structure to grading of land to, ultimately, a turn-key situation. Studies include safety, materials of construction, mathematics, print reading, builders level and transit, site work, foundation and floors, rough framing, roof framing, stair building, exterior finish, and interior finish.

Additional studies included are timber construction, steel stud construction, grading of land, plumbing, HVAC, and various other specialty items that vary from project to project. The culminating student experience is the building of a single family dwelling.

A Certificate of Achievement is awarded upon completion of all required courses with a grade of C or better.

Program Outcomes

  1. Identify the training/educational requirements and describe the role of the apprentice carpenter.
  2. Demonstrate the safe practices in the shop and on the job site and the safe/proper use of hand and power tools used in construction.
  3. Interpret trade technical calculations using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division for estimating material take-off costs.
  4. Explain the importance of measuring tools and their use in calculating building layout and estimation of materials used for construction.
  5. Describe and explain residential print reading and interpret the use of the related local and international building codes used for construction.
  6. Demonstrate the skills of an apprentice carpenter in the construction field to build a single-family residence from foundation to roofing including framing, plumbing, heating and air conditioning, stairs, windows, doors and the application of interior and exterior finish.

This program is designed to be completed in months.

This program will cost if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with of debt.

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This program has not passed standards established by the U.S. Department of Education. The Department based these standards on the amounts students borrow for enrollment in this program and their reported earnings. If in the future the program does not pass the standards, students who are then enrolled may not be able to use federal student grants or loans to pay for the program, and may have to find other ways, such as private loans, to pay for the program.

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Requirements for the Certificate of Achievement

Required Units: 40 units

Recommended sequence

Semester I

  • BLDG 230A - Building Construction (10)

Semester II

  • BLDG 230B - Building Construction (10)

Semester III

  • BLDG 230C - Building Construction (10)

Semester IV

  • BLDG 230D - Building Construction (10)

Recommended electives:

  • ARCH 014 - Materials and Process of Construction (2)
  • BLDG 122 - Contractor's Licensing (3)
  • BLDG 210A - Building Construction (5)
  • BLDG 210B - Building Construction (5)
  • BLDG 212 - Print Reading for Construction (3)
  • BLDG 213 - Building Construction Codes and Standards (3)
  • BLDG 214 - Materials & Processes of Construction: Sub Grade to Floor Framing (3)
  • BLDG 215 - Materials & Process of Construction: Floor through Roof Framing (3)
  • BLDG 218 - Inspection of Architectural Details (3)
  • BLDG 220 - Estimating for Building Construction (3)
  • BLDG 221 - Elements of Grading Inspection (3)
  • BLDG 222 - Principles of Housing and Zoning Requirements (3)
  • BLDG 223 - Principles of Plumbing Inspection (3)
  • BLDG 224 - Principles of Heating and Refrigeration Inspections (3)
  • TECH 107A - Technical Calculations (3)

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Earn an Associate of Science Degree With Your Certificate of Achievement

An AS Degree prepares you with the unique skills needed to enter a specialized career field. Earned in conjunction with a Certificate of Achievement, it will open up further opportunities for career advancement.

To earn your AS degree, you will need to complete the general education requirements for an AS degree in addition to the above listed Certificate of Achievement Requirements.

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