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Building Trades

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Instructor: Tim Murphy - View Tim Murphy's profile

Students participating in Building Trades at RTCC get a hands-on learning experience through on the job training. Each year, Building Trades students tackle new and interesting off campus projects that include several phases of construction work. These include projects in carpentry, masonry, electrical and plumbing. In our shop students become trained in safe operation and maintenance of hand and bench tools and learn joinery associated with cabinet work

Students learn to combine their computer skills with woodworking through our state of the art equipment and software. Everyone has the chance to use our Computer Numerical Routing machine to make signs and other high end design work.

In the classroom, Building Trades students are introduced to the knowledge essential to this field. They learn the basics of job estimating through applied math, the principles of building science and efficient building practices. Students are introduced to Computer Assisted Drafting (CAD) on the 22 computers available for student use. Students learn to present their new skills through projects dovetailed with Technical English assignments.

Credits/Embedded Credit:

7 Available Credits:

  • 1 embedded Math or Science credit.
  • 1 English credit.
  • 5 Program credits.

Program offerings include:

  • Site planning, permits and codes
  • Septic systems and wells; sewer/water hookups
  • Foundations, framing, sheathing, roofing, int/ext finish, plumbing, heating, wiring, ventilation and cabinetry
  • CAD (computer assisted design) All houses since 1988 have been designed on CAD
  • CNC machining (computer numerically controlled). Many products are machined by a production router that cuts what is drawn in CAD programs
  • Classroom course work related to all construction activities
  • A complete commercial woodworking shop with training in use and maintenance as well
  • Cooperative education opportunities: students may work second semester and/or second year for qualified construction contractors while receiving high school credit
  • Apprenticeship opportunities: qualifying students may receive up to 600 hours credit toward electrical apprenticeships
  • Studies based on individual student interests
  • Introduction to regional contractors and manufacturers

The RTCC Building Trades program focuses on affordable, efficient housing technology and boasts Vermont Utility Company awards for housing construction.

Instructor: Tim Murphy

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