NCCER CORE [High School]: Introduction to Basic Construction Skills
Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. beginning Monday, January 10 and concluding Friday, May 20.
Students will understand the importance of safety in the construction and industrial crafts. Students will be able to follow safe work practices and procedures on how to properly inspect and use safety equipment. Students will be able to describe the safety practices associated with elevated work, and various hazards encountered on job sites.
Introduction to Construction Math
Students will review basic math skills related to construction trades and will be able to demonstrate how they apply to the construction trades. Basic math skills introduced will be whole numbers and fractions; working with decimals; the four primary math operations; reading rulers and tape measures; the imperial and metric units of measurements; basic geometric figures; area and volume calculations for two-dimensional objects.
Introduction to Hand Tools
Students will be introduced to the common hand tools used in a variety of construction crafts. They will be able to identify the common hand tools used, how to safely use them, and how to properly maintain them.
Introduction to Power Tools
Students will be able to identify and describe the operation of many power tools commonly used in the construction environment. They will gain the knowledge to properly use them, as well as safe-handling guidelines and how to properly provide maintenance.
Introduction to Construction Drawings
Students will be introduced to the various types of construction drawings. Students will be able to identify and describe the purpose of the five basic construction drawing components, and the significance of various drawing elements such as lines of construction, symbols, and grid lines. They will also cover the interpretation and use of drawing dimensions and the various drawing scales. Students will be able to identify and describe how to use engineers’ and architects’ scales.
Students will be able to identify the different types of rigging and rigging hardware, such as slings, as well as rigging hitches and hoists. Students will gain an understanding of how to inspect and safely use rigging hardware. Students will know the importance of safe working habits in the vicinity of rigging operations.
Basic Communication Skills
Students will become familiar with effective communications skills in the workplace which includes written and verbal communication. Students will understand the importance of their reading skills and how it relates to effective telephone communication and email communication in the construction industry. These communications skills will enable the student to gain confidence and become an asset to the construction profession.
Basic Employability Skills
Students will identify the various job opportunities offered by the construction trades. Students will gain an understanding of the importance of critical thinking skills, problem-solving skills, and how they relate to effective interactions with others in the construction industry to help ensure their success in the profession. Students will identify and discuss positive social skills and will be able to present information on computer systems and their industry applications.
Introduction to Materials Handling
Students will be able to identify the hazards associated with handling materials and will be familiarized with the proper techniques used to avoid injury and property damage. Proper techniques covered will be lifting, tracking, transporting, and uploading materials. Students will also be introduced to the material-handling equipment such as basic motorized and non-motorized equipment commonly found in the construction environment.