Building and Trades


This course is designed to provide the student with many learning experiences that will allow students to become knowledgeable of fundamental principles and methods and to develop technical skills related to house construction with special emphasis placed on craftsmanship.  Projects include all phases of house construction.  The students are given the opportunity to receive thorough training on all the various hand and power tools used in the trade.  Instruction includes safety principles and practices; recognition of standard lumber sizes; foundation layout methods; house framing; insulating methods and materials; dry wall applications and finishing; observe and demonstrate installation of plumbing fixtures/systems; observe and discuss installation of electrical fixtures.  Building concepts and procedures; local, state, and national codes; cost estimating; and blueprint reading is also included.  Depending on enrollment, the first year is typically spent in the building trade shop learning the basis of home construction. Second year students spend the majority of time building a house. If enrollment dictates, these classes are occasionally combined. In that case, instruction takes place   All learning experiences are designed to allow the students to acquire job entry skills and knowledge.  This is a dual credit course, which provides students the opportunity to receive college credit for successful completion of this course.   

Dual Credit with SWIC:
CMT 145

What to Expect:

Students should be prepared to apply logic and mathematical skills in a real-life environment. Labs are designed to apply concepts and to stimulate thinking.  Students will be required to physically construct circuits based on the concepts learned in class.

Employable Skills:
  •  Hands-on Construction
  •  Understand the basics of carpentry and masonry
  •  Read blueprints and understand layout procedures
  •  Operate hand and power tools
  •  Frame roofs, floors, walls, and ceilings
  •  Install doors and windows
  •  Install exterior siding
  •  Perform finishing detail procedures
  •  Basic concrete construction
  •  Basic wiring
  •  Basic plumbing
  •  Painting
  •  Safety Principles and Practices
  •  Construction Terminology
Career Opportunities and Job Titles:
Entry-level after high school graduation and Collinsville Area Vocational Center training:
  • Apprentice Programs
  • Construction Retail Sales
  • Employment in Various Construction Settings 
  • Laborer

Entry-level after Junior College Program leading to an Associated Degree or Certificate Program:
  • Construction Management

Entry-level after Baccalaureate Degree:
  • Engineering
  • Construction Management
  • Occupational Safety
  • Architecture