• School Name: Technology Center of DuPage

    Course: Construction Trades

    Course Description

    Construction Trades is a course in which students will learn skills and knowledge related to residential and commercial construction. Students will address a broad range of topics (see Course Units of Study) relevant to a challenging and constantly changing industry. The construction course content will prepare the student for entry level employment or continue their education in a post secondary program.

    Job Outlook

    With the growth of new construction and remodeling employment projections for carpenters is expected to grow 20 percent from 2010-2020.

    Course Outcomes

    • Understand and demonstrate proper safety practices.

    • Understand and properly use the tools of the industry

    • Develop customer service skills

    • Develop time management skills

    • Acquire mechanical skills through critical thinking and problem solving


    Instructional Methods

    The program takes place in a comprehensive classroom and lab where the student will learn to construct, erect, install, and repair structures and fixtures. The course consist of lectures, text book reading, power points, videos, test, quizzes, computer work, and daily lab assignments. Students will be instructed independently and in groups.

    Curriculum Materials

    • Modern Carpentry 12th Edition Text Book

    • Modern Carpentry 12th Edition Workbook

    • Career Connections One Trade, Many Careers Text Book

    • Career Connections Project Book 1

    • Career Connections Project Book 2

    • Career Connections Project Book 3 Residential Construction

    • Career Connections Project Book 3 Commercial Construction

    • Lab Manual

    • Handouts

    • Power Points



    Course Units of Study

    Core Curriculum

    • Basic Safety

    • Introduction to Construction Math

    • Introduction to Hand Tools

    • Introduction to Power Tools

    • Introduction to Blueprints

    • Basic Rigging

    • Basic Communication Skills

    • Basic Employability Skills

    Carpentry Level 1

    • Orientation to the Trade

    • Building Materials, Fasteners, and Adhesives

    • Hand and Power Tools

    • Reading Plans and Elevations

    • Floor Systems

    • Wall and Ceiling Framing

    • Roof Framing

    • Introduction to Concrete and Reinforcing Materials

    • Windows and Exterior Doors

    • Basic Stair Layout

    Carpentry Level 2

    • Reading Plans and Elevations

    • Site Layout One: Distance Measurement and Leveling

    • Handling and Placing Concrete

    • Framing with Metal Studs

    • Drywall One: Installation

    • Drywall Two: Finishing

    • Interior Finish One: Doors

    • Interior Finish Two: Suspended Ceilings

    • Interior Finish Three: Window, Door, Floor, and Ceiling Trim

    • Interior Finish Four: Cabinet Installation


    Technology Center of DuPage Certificate

    To earn the TCD Construction certificate a “C” or better must be earned on all assignments.


    Dual Credit/Articulated Credit and Certifications     

    College of DuPage –Construction Methods 1141                                                                                         

    Technology Center of DuPage Policies                                                                                                             

    Refer to the TCD handbook

    Syllabus Changes                                                                                                                                                                

    The instructor reserves the right to make changes to this course syllabus anytime throughout the year.