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CON 161 – Basic Blueprint Reading

Learn fundamentals necessary to read and understand construction blueprints. Review and discuss drawing development; organization of drawings; and how to read site plans, architectural and mechanical/electrical drawings.

Course Objectives:
1. Read and understand blueprints, specifications and related contract documents.
2. Explain the relationship between drawings and specifications.
3. Discuss material, symbols and drawing language as they pertain to specifications.

CON 168 – Backflow Prevention

Thirty-two-hour practical application and theory course authorizes Master Plumbers and Journeyperson Plumbers to certify the installation and testing of mechanical cross-connection control devices. Effective Oct. 1, 1998, the state of Maryland requires that any Master Plumber, Journeyperson Plumber or apprentice holding a valid license be certified as an approved technician in the Cross-connection/Backflow Prevention Program.

Course Objectives:
1. Explain backflow cross-connections.
2. Demonstration understanding of the hazards and public health significance of backflow.
3. Demonstration knowledge of local plumbing codes, and federal and state regulations.
4. Discuss backflow water and pressure principles.
5. Install backflow preventers including valves and loops.
6. Maintain, repair and test assemblies.
7. Receive credentials from the State Board of Plumbing.

CON 188 – Blueprint Reading

This course is designed to present information about basic blueprint reading related to the construction industry and to prepare the student for more advanced course work in a specific building trade. Topics to be covered include: alphabet of lines, orthographic representation, sketching, blueprint notations, technical notations, flow diagrams, sectional views, and construction prints.

Course Objectives:
1. identify and draw all the lines that constitute the alphabet of lines;
2. identify and properly use all the dimension lines, symbols, and notes found on a blueprint;
3. identify and define the information provided in the title block, bill of material, and revisions listed on a blueprint;
4. demonstrate the ability to make free hand sketches of objects in multi view and pictorial formats;
5. identify corresponding surfaces and edges from orthographic and pictorial views of an object;
6. provided with various blueprints, identify all types of views of objects and be able to assemble the parts shown; and
7. provided with blueprints of the same object, differentiate between detailed and assembly blueprints.

CON 293 – Electricity for the Novice

Learn to safely solve and repair electrical problems around the house. Through lecture, demonstration and hands-on sessions learn to install new outlets, switches and more.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate the ability to properly identify the sources of electricity in the home,
2. repair and install wall switches, receptacles, doorbells,
3. utilize safety techniques in working with electricity, and
4. solve common problems and perform calculations in the electrical field.

CON 309 – Home Maintenance and Repair

Get the guidance on to how to identify those projects that are a priority, along with instructions on the most effective way to implement them. Eliminate being overwhelmed by the range of projects and learn how to get them done successfully.

Course Objectives:
1. identify tools needed for specific home repair and maintenance projects;
2. demonstrate an understanding of how to handle the tools commonly used in home projects;
3. outline and explain the steps required to complete replacement projects including replacing and/or repairing electrical outlets, water faucets, and light fixtures;
4. explain and demonstrate the repair of damaged drywall;
5. explain and demonstrate the preparation of a surface for painting and proper painting techniques;
6. explain and demonstrate how to hang wallpaper; and
7. explain and demonstrate how to lay a tile floor.

CON 311 – Home Inspection/Home Inspector II

Increase your general knowledge of the basics of home inspection by taking this next level classroom experience. Topics include: kitchens, bathrooms, roofing, gutters/downspouts, siding, decks, porches, patios, exterior grading, etc.

Course Objectives:
1. discuss how to properly inspect the interior room mechanics, especially of kitchens and bathrooms;
2. demonstrate an understanding of how to detect problems with roofs, gutters, and downspouts;
3. discuss how to inspect various elements of properly installed siding material;
4. describe what to examine during the inspection of a deck, porch, or patio; and
5. describe what elements to inspect when evaluating a home┐s exterior grading.

CON 315 – Construction Safety

Learn about construction safety in this Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) authorized training. You will receive a certificate upon successful completion. Topics include an introduction to OSHA, electrical safety, fall protection, personal protective equipment, ladder and stairway safety, material handling, hand and power tool safety, crane safety, and excavation safety.

Course Objectives:
1. define OSHA and the responsibilities of both employers and employees for safety;
2. state the rights of workers under the OSHA Act;
3. demonstrate knowledge of hazard recognition, avoidance, control, and prevention associated with electrical exposures, elevated exposures and additional construction hazards selected from material handling, hand and power tools, excavation, cranes, scaffolds, stairways and ladders; and
4. discuss the proper selection, use, and maintenance of personal protective equipment.

CON 321 – Electricity: Troubleshooting and Repair for the Novice

Learn to do electrical troubleshooting and repair. Topics include use of analog and digital meters for troubleshooting; the use of tools for safe repairs; repairing lamps, doorbells, ceiling fans and circuits; installing and doing safety checks on switches, ceiling fans and lighting and installing and repairing phone lines.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate the proper use of analog and digital meters for troubleshooting and repairs,
2. demonstrate the proper use of tools for safe electrical diagnosis and repair,
3. identify the components of an electrical circuit,
4. properly rewire and replace sockets in a lamp,
5. properly install a home telephone line,
6. correctly diagnose and repair telephone lines, and
7. install and maintain safety checks on a variety of electrical switches.


Course Objectives:
1. explain backflow cross-connections;
2. demonstrate an understanding of the hazards and public health significance of backflow;
3. demonstrates knowledge of local plumbing codes, federal and state regulations;
4. discuss backflow water and pressure principles;
5. install backflow prevention devices such as valves and loops;
6. maintain, repair, and test assemblies; and
7. continue to receive credentials from the State Board of Plumbing.


Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate an understanding of effective leadership, problem solving and decision making;
2. manage a company┐s safety and loss prevention program;
3. discuss the psychological and social issues that influence a superintendent┐s ability to manage people;
4. describe various documentation methods used in the construction industry;
5. complete a project on time and on budget; and
6. use resources effectively to measure productivity in the field and make changes to improve it.


Course Objectives:
1. discuss plan organization, scales, site plans;
2. evaluate foundation and floor plans, elevations, and sections;
3. arrange structural plans;
4. define materials; and
5. arrange schedules.

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