Construction Technology

Degrees and Certificates

Courses

GRBD 101: Introduction to Woodworking

Credits 3

Introduction to woodworking tools, materials, hand and power tools used in residential and commercial jobsites. Overview of the woodworking industry, safety and building materials. This class may include students from multiple sections. 

GRBD 102: Woodworking II

Credits 5

Students will explore the art of creating finished pieces and establishing a career in the woodworking industry. This class covers advanced woodworking, cabinet making, and Labor and Industry guidelines for shop floor plans and walkways. Students will construct using jogs and templates. This class may include students from multiple sections. 

GRBD 103: Finish Carpentry

Credits 5

Students will learn finish carpentry techniques, craftsmanship finishing touches on construction project. Learn about traditional, colonial and modern construction styles including interior and exterior trim. This class may include students from multiple sections. 

GRBD 104: Carpentry and Rigging

Credits 5

Students will gain practical experience in design, carpentry, and rigging for stage and theater performances.  This class may include students from multiple sections.

GRBD 105: Blueprint Reading

Credits 3

Introduction on how to read and use blueprints to construct residential and commercial structures. Course emphasis will be on learning to read blueprints and how to apply different types of foundations, framing, and interior and exterior finishes. Learn how building codes apply to various stages of construction. This is one of the required courses for the Carpentry one-year certificate. This class may include students from multiple sections. 

GRBD 106: Foundations and Framing

Credits 5

This class introduces students to the beginning carpentry phases of conventional stick frame residential and light commercial construction. Learn International Building Codes as they apply to foundations and framing. This class may include students from multiple sections. 

GRBD 107: Siding, Decks and Stairs

Credits 5

This class will focus on three of the most functional and visible elements of any residential construction or light commercial project: siding, decks, and stairs. Code compliance will be a major focus of deck and stair system construction. This class may include students from multiple sections. 

GRBD 108: Roof Systems and Roofing

Credits 5

This class will focus on the proper and safe construction of both rafter and truss roof systems. Students will learn about various roofing material, practice flashing and installing multiple roofing products. This class may include students from multiple sections.

GRBD 114: Residential Remodel and Retrofit

Credits 5

This class introduces students to the skills and techniques necessary to repair, maintain, and remodel conventional stick frame residential and light commercial construction.  This class may include students from multiple sections.

GRBD 153: Residential Homebuilding

Credits 5

Hands on residential construction at an actual home building site. Students will learn safety, OSHA competent person, how to operate power tools, building codes, construction standards, blueprint reading, and how to build walls, floors and various components of a home. This class may include students from multiple sections.

GRBD 160: Small Farm and Backyard Carpentry

Credits 3

Students will learn the necessary skills required to research, design, and build backyard farm and garden structures that promote efficiency of urban sustainable living. This class may include students from multiple sections.

GRBD 165: Introduction to Alternative Energy

Credits 5

Students will learn about sustainable alternative energy and examine, in detail, solar, wind, and mini-hydro electricity. Perform an energy audit and analyze current energy usage. Explore components, efficiency, and requirements of each type of system and design a grid tied or an off grid sustainable alternative energy system for a single family residence. This class may include students from multiple sections.

GRBD 206: Construction Technology, Concepts and Design

Credits 5

Learn Construction Technology techniques and processes and how they apply modern stick framed residential and light commercial building. Design and orient a house plan. Practice advanced framing, insulation, air infiltration and material selection. Learn the United States Construction Technology Council LEED process. Explore eligibility requirements from Energy Star and Clallam Built Green. This class may include students from multiple sections.

GRBD 210: Job Site Management

Credits 3

This class will introduce the students to construction jobsite management. Learn OSHA and Washington State Department of Labor and Industries requirements for job site safety. Control of resources and materials on the jobsite as well as the proper order and flow of jobs on the worksite. Negotiate with labor and subcontractors. This class will teach students leadership skills to work as a foreman or contractor on a construction site. This class may include students from multiple sections.

GRBD 212: Engineered Building Materials & Methods

Credits 5

This class focuses on the role and use of engineered wood, steel, and fast growing plants in the construction world. Starting with Glulams, finger-jointed studs, and manufactured trusses. Learn about cutting edge engineered building materials like mass timbers, cross laminated timbers, and thermally modified wood and their impact on the Construction Technology Movement. This class may include students from multiple sections.

GRBD 215: Carpentry Estimation

Credits 3

This class will cover practices for successful cost estimation of residential and light commercial construction. Students will conduct material ‘take offs’ then put their skill to use, estimating materials such as lumber, roofing, windows, doors, permits applications, professional fees for architects and engineers, waste, time, and overhead. This class may include students from multiple sections.

GRBD 220: Alternative Building Methods

Credits 5

Class focuses on building engineered wood products into traditional stick framing as well as construction using Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPS), Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF), and other nontraditional, yet existing and allowable building methods for today’s construction industry. This class may include students from multiple sections.

GRBD 225: Construction Management

Credits 3

Learn leadership and ethics for construction management and the business of being a contractor. Explore legal requirements and risk analysis for a construction project. Analyze cost and project budgets. This class may include students from multiple sections.

GRBD 260: Construction Technology Internship

Credits 1 5

This class will provide opportunities for Construction Technology students to participate in internships with local businesses.  Instruction permission is required. This class may include students from multiple sections.