Introduction to Plumbing

This course in an introduction to the broad topic of plumbing. You will be exposed to different tools plumbers use and some common materials used in install modern drain and supply systems and how these come together to make a system that delivers and removes water from a building.

Detailed step by step instructions will be given for making connections of supply lines to fittings including cutting and dressing pipe, solvent welding, sweating, crimping, and thread sealing for PEX, copper, PVC, and iron pipe systems.
  • Enrolled students: 6
Fundamentals of Painting

This course follows the process of painting from the initial setup stages of the site protection to the final finish coats of paint applied with brushes and rollers. Surface prep is covered with spackling, sanding, and caulking tools, materials, and techniques. Specifics about paint as a material are explained and oil and water-based paints will be compared to include the pros and cons of each. Sheens and other terms used to identify paint will be discussed.

Through this course, students will gain an understanding of the purpose and the time-saving benefits of taping and masking as prep for painting.  They will be introduced to various materials, tools, techniques, and best practices used when taping and masking

Tools for paint application to include brushes and rollers will be covered with details on different parts and types, nap lengths, roller sizes, and bristle materials, and brush head configurations. Information about the care of brushes to include cleaning, handling, and storage will be taught with a focus on best practices for longevity and long-term performance of the tool. 

Various techniques used with brushes and rollers will be explained to include prepping the tool for paint, loading the tool, holding the tool properly, unloading the paint on a surface, spreading the paint for adequate coverage, and smoothing the paint to a finished state
  • Enrolled students: 2

This course highlights windows as engineered operable building components and covers the specific step-by-step processes to install them in a building successfully.

Different window styles, materials, and window parts and features will be explained. Also covered is an in-depth instruction on the theory, process, tools, and materials used to install a leak-free vinyl window in a rough opening of a wood-framed structure with house wrap already in place

  • Enrolled students: 2
Introduction to Electrical Wiring

This course introduces electrical wiring materials, tools, and processes with an emphasis on residential wiring. General information is covered about parts and materials commonly used to install power circuits in a building including wires and conductors, service entrance components, safety devices for shock and fire prevention, as well as basic devices like switches and receptacles.

This course also covers information about hand and power tools commonly used in the electrical trade to include:

  • Tools for installing and removing fasteners 
  • Tools to cut, strip, and attach wires 
  • Tools to cut and bend conduit 
  • Tools for modifying framing for routing cable 
  • Tools for testing and measuring circuits 
  • Tools used to modify a built structure for routing cable and cutting conduit.

Specific steps and information about typical wiring practices used to install an electrical circuit in a wood-framed structure will be explained and plan sets with schematics are supplied for you to practice wiring basic electrical circuit installations.

  • Enrolled students: 2
Introduction to Framing

This course identifies wall framing parts and describes the use of these components to include rough opening parts for windows and doors.  Different methods of corners and T-wall connections will be explained. The concept of layout will be covered as well as details on sheathing and blocking.

Activities are included in this course to complement these lessons that you can build from home - but are not required.  But we do recommend you at least do the plate layout exercise.

  • Enrolled students: 8