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The building and construction trades field creates housing and commercial development for our ever-increasing demands. The industry generates opportunities for laborers, helpers, skilled workers, sales, and management positions. The dynamic nature of the program provides challenging opportunities for advancement.
Carpenters are craftsmen who convert plans into realities. The work may involve new construction or remodeling existing structures and dwellings. A skilled carpenter can do all types of carpentry.
Building Construction Technology I
This program provides students with the knowledge and skills for entry-level employment in residential or commercial carpentry. Students learn the safe and proper operating procedures of basic hand tools, including the new technical tools, on an actual job-site construction setting.
Building Construction Technology II
During the second year of the program, students will continue to build a sound knowledge base and develop good carpentry skills. Specific training in trade math, blueprint reading, building layout and theory is provided. For the live work portion students will build a residential home. Upon completion of this course, the skills that could be acquired should assist in providing a basis for an entry level position as a carpenter's helper or related area. Admission to the second year requires successful completion of Building Construction I and approval from the instructors.
Building Construction Technology III
The third year curriculum focuses on extensive applied learning while working on a residential house. Specific academic focus is primarily on estimating issues that a small construction company would typically encounter. Additional responsibilities shall include developing and improving leadership skills, interpersonal skills, and critical thinking skills.
The Building Construction program has articulated its curriculum with Central Maine Technical College (CMCC). CMCC students may obtain college credits for the learning opportunities offered through this technical program. As part of this agreement, students have to be enrolled for a semester and prove they have met the requirements of the agreement.