Construction Continuing Education

The Construction Trades program provides participants with training for entry-level positions in building construction. In addition, specialty, stand-alone courses are offered that are meant to help students learn and build upon specific skills needed to be more marketable in the building trades industry. Industrial Trades such as mechanical and welding are also available.

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If you have any questions about the Construction Trades program, please email Maryah Smith-Overman.

Construction Trades

Carpentry II

This course is a continuation of Carpentry I and includes roof framing, the installation of windows and doors, and interior trim and finish carpentry. Participants will perform the construction of building components to complete the class carpentry project. The course also continues the introduction to fine woodworking with basic cabinetry design and construction methods and requires the students to complete one individual project to demonstrate fine carpentry skills. Course objectives teach safety, tool use and maintenance, material handling, and some building codes as they pertain to the class projects. 112 hours. $207

A prerequisite of Carpentry I or written verification from the instructor, prior to enrollment is required to take this course.

65763 MW 1/7–4/29 5:30–9 p.m. Newton 4-149 January 2 registration deadline

Blueprint Reading for Construction

This course covers the interpretation of blueprints and specifications that are associated with the construction trades. Emphasis is on the interpretation of details for foundations, floor plans, elevations, and schedules. Upon completion, students should be able to read and interpret a set of residential building construction blueprints. 24 hours. $125

65847 Th 1/10–2/28 5:30–8:30 p.m. Newton 4-133 January 5 registration deadline

Fix It! Home Repair

Are you looking to learn to change faucets, lighting fixtures, or repair drywall? This home maintenance oriented course will cover basic electrical, plumbing, and carpentry related home repairs. Safety and tool usage will be covered, as well as an overview of common maintenance issues that commonly arise in homes. Energy efficiency and preventative maintenance will be covered throughout the course as well. 24 hrs. $150

65800 Sat 2/2–3/23 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Newton 4-149


Introduction to Cabinetry

This course is designed to teach the fundamental techniques of cabinetmaking. Course topics can include but are not limited to understanding the difference between production and custom cabinets, learning the proper selection of woods, materials, tools and finishes, learning how to plan, blueprint and build a small cabinet, understanding cabinet installation and how to estimate building and labor construction costs. 48 hours. $152

65779 T 1/15–4/30 6–9 p.m. Newton 4-149 January 10 registration deadline

Industrial Trades

HVAC (Cooling)

This course focuses on air conditioning equipment and components, including condensers, evaporators, compressors, metering devices, refrigerants, and electrical and mechanical circuits. Students will work with equipment, following safety standards and protocols, to develop skills required for entry-level employment as a technician in the HVAC industry. 48 hours. $150

65765 W 1/9–4/24 6–9 p.m. Bacon 20-134 January 2 registration deadline


student welding turtle sculpture The welding courses are divided into categories; each class concentrates on a particular welding apparatus. The individual classes will cover safety, basic skills, Oxy-Acetylene torches, MIG welding, and TIG welding. The welding for commercial artists and product fabrication courses covers varied applications and students work to create a product. Training strategies for all classes include lecture and hand-on instruction. Evaluation is based on attendance, class participation, and demonstration of skills. Students who meet attendance criteria are provided a certificate of completion.

Sculptural Welding and Metalwork for Artists

An introduction to welding and metal working techniques and processes with a focus on creating artworks. Students learn the safe operation of welding equipment and the potential hazards of individual welding processes. This course includes oxygen-acetylene and electric arc welding to cut, shape, and weld steel. Students will learn torch cutting and gas welding, stick, MIG, and TIG welding. 48 hours. $156

65766 Sat 1/12–5/4 9 a.m.–noon Bacon 20, 107/132 January 7 registration deadline


This course is a focus on TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) welding. Students are taught how to cut and prepare materials to be welded using the horizontal band saw, grinders, and electric arc plasma cutter. The safe set up and operation of the TIG welder is covered. Students will learn to strike and maintain an arc for welding multiple metals. The applications and use of tungsten and AC/DC polarity for welding steel and aluminum are covered in this course. 24 hours. $101

A prerequisite of MIG, Product Fabrication, or Stick welding is required to take this course.

65757 Sat 3/9–5/4 1–4 p.m. Bacon 20, 132 March 4 registration deadline


This course focuses on MIG (Metal Inert Gas) welding using electric arc. Students will learn the safe handling and set up of shielding gases and welding equipment. Surface and material preparation including cutting and grinding will be covered using the horizontal band saw and electric arc plasma cutter. Students will learn how to strike an arc and run weld beads to join separate pieces of metal. Multiple position welding is emphasized including flat, vertical, and overhead. 24 hours. $101

65756 Sat 1/12–3/2 1–4 p.m. Bacon 20, 132 January 7 registration deadline

Don’t see the course you need? Check back for more offerings including:

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  • Cabinetry
  • Carpentry (l- fall / II-spring)
  • Blueprint Reading (spring)
  • Construction Estimating (fall)
  • Furniture/Woodworking (fall and spring, workshops)
  • General Contractor Prep (fall)
  • HVAC (heating technology (fall) and A/C (spring))
  • Plumbing (fall and spring)
  • Masonry (summer)
  • Welding (MIG, TIG, Stick, & Product fabrication) (fall/spring/summer)
  • Weekend workshops and short-term industry certifications (fall/spring/summer)

Email Maryah Smith-Overman if you have questions about courses.