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Construction Industry Training

Course Descriptions

CIT 103: Core Construction Skills I

Credits: 4.0

Overview of the construction industry, its organization and employment opportunities and green buidling practices. Hands-on experience with blueprint reading, measuring, layout, hand and power tools. Start OSHA 10-Hour Safety Certificate. Permit code required. Prerequisite(s): Placement in MATH 060 and BRDGE 093 or EAP 100. Concurrent enrollment in CIT 104. Recommend physical fitness.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Describe the kinds of job skills and personal attributes required for careers in the construction industry in order to create an effective plan or pathway to industry employment.  [REASON] 
  2. Describe the sequence and process of building a typical residential project.  [REASON] 
  3. Discuss and demonstrate how to use an architect scale, draw simple scaled orthographic drawings, read basic blueprints and apply these skills to building projects per plan requirements.  [REASON] 
  4. Describe the basic parts and functions of typical light frame buildings and how they work to create high functioning buildings.  [REASON] 
  5. Lay out and set up batter boards for excavation and installation of footing/foundation forms.  [REASON] 
  6. Describe and discuss the requirements, techniques and job site relationships necessary for a safe work place (as part of successfully completing 6.5 hours toward the Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) 10-Hour Certificate requirements).  [REASON] 
  7. Describe and explain how sustainability issues interface with the construction industry in the areas of material selection, building resource efficiency so as to create building occupant health and well being and reduce environmental impact.  [REASON] 
  8. Demonstrate safe-worker practices consistently in all work activities.  [ACT] 

CIT 104: Core Construction Skills II

Credits: 3.0

Foundation layout techniques using a laser level to shoot grades. Set up typical concrete forms for residential footings and foundation. Construction vocabulary, introduction to both green/sustainable and typical materials, fasteners and supplies. Job site recycling. Permit code required. Prerequisite(s): Concurrent enrollment in CIT 103 required.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Construct typical residential concrete footing and foundation forms and mix concrete based on blueprints to industry standards.  [ACT] 
  2. Calculate concrete quantities and prescribe basic mix choices, analyze choices to provide more environmentally or greener concrete jobs per green building standards.  [REASON] 
  3. Identify materials and methods used in creating a structural concrete wall to construction industry standards.  [ACT] 
  4. Articulate the importance and value of safe work practices.  [COMMUNICATE] 
  5. Describe and distinguish both the name and use of the common construction materials found in residential construction including: lumber, engineered wood, fasteners and concrete forming tools and accessories.  [COMMUNICATE] 
  6. Describe skills and knowledge needed to be a successful and effective apprentice on the job site.  [EXPLORE] 
  7. Propose and discuss how to set up an effective job site recycling program including which materials can be recycled in the most cost effective manner.  [EXPLORE] 
  8. Analyze how to make responsible decisions about the environmental including using appropriate materials, avoiding toxicity and valuing: sustainability, resource efficiency and human health.  [REASON] 

CIT 105: Construction Framing

Credits: 4.0

Basics of residential framing, justified framing (energy efficient), layout techniques and materials. Layout stairs and rafters. Use power tools to frame floors, walls, window and door openings. Advanced exterior door and window installation techniques. Hands on. Prerequisite(s): CIT 103 and 104 or OSHA 10-hour safety card and instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Analyze and describe the correct sequence of the framing process for a typical residential project.  [ACT] 
  2. Discuss and demonstrate how to read rules, measure lengths and perform calculations in U.S. standard units per construction trades practice.  [REASON] 
  3. Investigate how to use justified framing or advance framing techniques to increase energy efficiency and explain why these methods make the building more efficient.  [ACT] 
  4. Describe and discuss safety issues related to residential framing projects.  [COMMUNICATE] 
  5. Build and demonstrate framing techniques including plumbing walls, assembling wall sections, plate layout, using a skill saw, pneumatic nailer, hand nailing, cutting a rafter and stair jack.  [ACT] 

CIT 106: Electrical, Plumbing, and HVAC Trades

Credits: 3.0

Emphasis on electrical and plumbing trades. Introduction to basic electrical theory, Ohm's Law, building simple circuits and basic plumbing applications. Green building science applications for ventilation, air and moisture control. Prerequisite(s): CIT 103 and 104 or OSHA 10-hour safety card and instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Analyze and describe how a basic wiring system works and is installed in a residential project to National Electrical Code (NEC) specifications.  [REASON] 
  2. Analyze and describe how a basic plumbing system works and is installed in a residential project to industry specifications.  [REASON] 
  3. Analyze and describe how the drain, waste and vent systems work and are installed in a residential project, and what basic code requirements govern the typical installation.  [REASON] 
  4. Analyze the skills and aptitudes necessary to become a successful residential electrician or plumber.  [EXPLORE] 
  5. Continuously demonstrate safe worker practices in all lab work.  [COMMUNICATE] 
  6. Demonstrate how to cut, clean, solder and test copper tubing per industry standards.  [ACT] 
  7. Cut, expand, fit and test PEX tubing per industry standards.  [ACT] 
  8. Cut, fit, typical sheet metal ducting and seal per industry standards.  [ACT] 
  9. Analyze how increased energy efficiency alters the standards and details of typical mechanical sub contractor installations per Built Green guidelines.  [EXPLORE] 

CIT 109: Finishes

Credits: 7.0

Finish construction trades: insulaton, drywall, painting, finish carpentry (doors, trim, cabinets), tiling, roofing, deck construction, and siding. Jobsite recycling, reusing materials, salvage, advanced energy efficient air sealing, and insulation techniques. Prerequisite(s): CIT 103, 104, 105 and 106 or OSHA 10-hour safety card and instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Demonstrate air-sealing houses at the insulation stage.  [ACT] 
  2. Install typical batt insulation to higher than industry standard, or to a Built Green standard, based on the ICC.  [REASON] 
  3. Implement additional drywall installation techniques to meet an ADA or airtight drywall approach for increased home performance.  [EXPLORE] 
  4. Evaluate appropriate finishes for interior use in a TSFRS (typical single-family residential structure).  [REASON] 
  5. Explore preventative measures for on-the-job injury, illness and Cumulative Trauma Disorders (CTDs) per federal, state and industry standards.  [COMMUNICATE] 
  6. Analyze the skills and aptitudes necessary to become a successful residential finish carpenter.  [EXPLORE] 
  7. Analyze safe worker practices in all lab work.  [COMMUNICATE] 
  8. Evaluate how material choices for both interior and exterior finishes affect a home's green performance (safety, comfort, durability and energy efficiency).  [REASON] 

CIT 110: Energy Efficiency Technician

Credits: 2.0

Introduction to building science with emphasis on the energy envelope. Become familiar with typical energy auditor's tools: blower door, infrared camera and CO analyzer to measure and evaluate a building's energy performance. Prerequisite(s): Concurrent enrollment in CIT 103 and 104 or ENRGY 102 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Set up, run and use the results of a blower door test to evaluate a building's air tightness.  [REASON] 
  2. Set up, run and use a blower door/manometer to test and evaluate combustion appliance zones, actual performance on ventilation fans and a forced air system's ductwork for relative air tightness.  [REASON] 
  3. Use an infrared camera to locate a building's air exfiltration and verify insulation effectiveness.  [REASON] 
  4. Analyze and compute a safe level of building air tightness based on industry standards.  [REASON] 
  5. Inspect, test and evaluate a combustion appliance and conduct a combustion appliance zone worst case test.  [REASON] 
  6. Write up a typical energy auditor's test report.  [COMMUNICATE] 

CIT 111: BPI Energy Auditor's Exam Prep

Credits: 2.0

Enhance your building science training with an emphasis on knowledge and skills needed to pass the BPI (Building Performance Institute) Building Analyst or Envelope Specialist exams. Does not include certifying exam. Prerequisite(s): CIT 110.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Demonstrate intermediate level of skill with and knowledge of the building-audit-tool set: blower door, CO detector, infrared camera.  [REASON] 
  2. Describe, explain, and apply BPI standards, protocols, tools, and techniques for conducting effective energy audits, safety analyses, and building-envelope analyses and for recommending improvements towards energy efficiency and sustainability.  [ACT] 
  3. Demonstrate advanced level of skill with and knowledge of CAZ zone and combustion appliance testing.  [REASON] 
  4. Identify, explain, and compare options for auditing certification choices, specifically BPI versus HERS/Energy Star.  [COMMUNICATE] 
  5. Describe, explain, and apply WSEC 2009 rules, protocols, tools, and techniques for required residential-air analysis and duct-tightness testing.  [REASON] 

CIT 120: Flagging

Credits: 0.5

Hands-on seminar preparing for employment as a flagger in the construction and utilities industries. Flaggers control traffic through and around work sites. Three-year certification. Note: must be 18 years of age to register.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Discuss how flagging provides safe passage for traffic through work areas.  [REASON] 
  2. Identify proper equipment needed for flagging.  [REASON] 
  3. Demonstrate stop/slow paddle and flag skills.  [REASON] 
  4. Discuss major safety issues of flagging.  [EXPLORE] 
  5. Design a safety zone plan.  [REASON] 
  6. Demonstrate stop/slow paddle and flag skills.  [REASON] 

CIT 155: Special Topics

Credits: Maximum of 5.0 possible

Course will provide instruction on topics related to construction industry trades.

Course Level Objectives


    CIT 198: Construction Industry Training Work Experience

    Credits: 1.0 to 5.0

    Work experience course, self directed, allowing students to obtain job site experiences, explore career opportunities, create a personal career plan and develop professional resources. Permit code required. Prerequisite(s): CIT 103 and 104.

    Course Level Objectives

    1. Develop an understanding of workplace issues such as employer expectations, interpersonal skills, professional and ethical attitudes, the work environment and performance objectives.  [EXPLORE] 
    2. Explore and assess needed skills for future employability.  [ACT] 
    3. Consider the value of the performance review process.  [COMMUNICATE]