Building Construction

Please refer to the current Continuing Education Schedule of Classes for upcoming dates and times.

AutoCAD

This course introduces basic architectural CAD techniques. Topics include basic commands and system hardware and software. Upon completion students should be able to prepare and plot architectural drawings to scale within accepted architectural standards.
Course Length:
35 hours

AutoDesk Revit 2012 Introduction

This course is designed to introduce students to AutoDesk Revit Architecture 2012 and the schematic design through construction documentation.
Course Length:
24 hours

Basic Masonry

Topics include job site organization, work layout, tool safety and use, the basic difference using brick or block, building code specifications for masonry walls, footings and foundations required for the support of masonry units, basic introduction to concrete requirements, formulation of or mortar, OSHA and skin safety, and use of a masonary mortar mixer. Hands-on application an practice occur throughout the course.
Course Length:
50 hours

Blueprint Reading

Need to know more about blueprints or are you interested in becoming a general contractor? Are you having difficulty reading and understanding the plans and drawings provided by designers, builders, and architects? This is a course designed especially for you. This course will cover such information as symbols, abbreviations, and conventions. You will learn to effectively interpret, translate, and use materials in your construction projects. A textbook is required.
Course Length:
24 hours

Ceramic Tile Installation

For the professional desiring to develop the skills to install floor and wall tile. Examine tile composition, preparation techniques, and develop finishing skills. Material estimates are also discussed. Tools required.
Course Length:
24 hours

Certified Electronic Technician Exam Prep

This course covers electronic principles, theories, and concepts. Emphasis is placed on those items covered in the CET examination.
Course Length:
41.25 hours

Construction Estimation

Learn to develop accurate estimates for work in the residential and commercial construction fields, or prepare for the General Contractors Exam. Calculator required for class.
Course Length:
24 hours

Construction Quality Management for Contractors

This course is required by both the Army Corps of Engineers (COE) and the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) for contractors doing business aboard military installations. The CQM program covers the following topics: what is CQM, contractor and government responsibilities, quality management planning, the contractor’s QC plan, the government’s QA plan, the pre-construction meeting, the coordination and mutual understanding meeting, submittals, the three phases of control, testing, documentation, and certification by the QC Manager that all procedures were done in accordance with the P&S. Upon successful completion of this class, a QC certificate of completion is awarded. Re-certification is required every five years.

No fee exemptions for Construction Quality Management for Contractors Class

Course Length: 9 hours

Electrical Wiring Fundamentals

This course will provide an overview of electrical wiring techniques and is suitable for students with no prior knowledge of electrical theory or installation. Emphasis will be placed on the design and installation of residential electrical systems.

Course Length: 96 hours

EPA Refrigeration Certification

EPA regulations require that anyone who handles refrigerants must obtain certification. This class provides the training and testing required for certification. A $25 test processing fee, payable to the NC Board of Refrigeration, is required (This does class NOT certify automotive technicians).
Course Length:
14 hours

Flooring & Floor Coverings

Learn current techniques used in the floor covering industry. Proper use of hand tools, knee kickers, power stretchers, seaming irons, and other tools will be taught. Students will also learn how to install vinyl, vinyl composition, tile (VCT), laminate, and hardwood flooring. Material estimation, cutting, and gluing are also major topics.
Course Length:
49 hours

General Contractor Exam Prep

Is it your turn to be the “boss”? Do you want to be the one responsible for planning and directing on-site construction? This course will prepare you for the general contractors exam. Emphasis will be on the types of exam questions and will include review of laws and regulations applicable to general contractors, building codes, employment security laws, and workers’ compensation laws. This course places emphasis on the residential builder, and also explains pertinent information relating to the building trades for both commercial and residential general contractors. North Carolina Residential and Building Code required.
Course Length:
76 hours

Home Inspector Training

This course is designed to assist applicants secure a NC Home Inspector’s License by preparing for work in the field. Once they meet all other State of North Carolina requirements, students may take the state examination. Textbook and some tools required.
Course Length:
36 hours

Interior Design

Interior design is the process of shaping interior spaces through the manipulation of spatial volume as well as surface treatment. Not to be confused with interior decoration, interior design draws on aspects of environmental psychology, architecture, product design and furniture design in addition to traditional decoration.
Course Length
: 24 hours

Introduction to Industrial Maintenance

Designed for the “jack-of-all trades” technician, this course covers all five major areas of industrial maintenance knowledge; general, mechanical, electrical, welding, and preventative maintenance.
Course Length:
108 hours

Introduction to Photovoltaic (PV) Technology

This course provides instruction on the fundamentals of photovoltaic systems. Students will learn design criteria, installation, safety issues, maintenance of photovoltaic systems, construction skills, and applied math.
Course Length:
24 hours

Introduction to Renewable Energy

This is an introductory course that provides an overview on photovoltaic, thermal and wind energy technologies. Upon completion, students will develop skills to produce and utilize renewable energy sources and discuss its future infrastructure from a local perspective.
Course Length:
24 hours

NC Residential Building Code

Gain a working knowledge of NC State Residential Building Code. This course will be of interest to building inspectors, contractors, and persons interested in learning the requirements for a home inspection business. NC Residential Code Book required.
Course Length:
24 hours

Plumbing Fundamentals

This course provides basic instruction in plumbing fundamentals and skills as applied to the home building trade. Course topics will include plumbing fundamentals, the proper use of tools and equipment, workplace safety, and related topics.

Course Length: 96 hours

Weatherization & Home Energy Reduction

This course provides foundational and technical skills necessary to perform retrofitting and weatherization services. Topics include building science, energy efficiencies, OSHA regulations, weatherization, diagnostic testing, and technical monitoring.
Course Length:
24 hours