Quantitative Skill for Construction

This course will apply fundamental mathematical skills and critical thinking to solve basic construction problems. A review of numbers, fractions, ratios, angles and triangles, weights, measures and conversions, and formulas for calculating area and volume will be included. Problem solving will use cases that introduce concepts of the estimating process for selected parts of a construction project including lumber pricing, footings, foundations, girders, sill plates, bridging, floor joists, flooring, wall framing, and roofing. Prerequisite: (MAT030 or MAT035) or satisfactory basic skills assessment score / 2 credits.


Blueprint Reading: Constuct Trades

This course introduces fundamentals of reading and interpreting construction documents including plan views, elevations, sections, details, schedules and notes. The symbols and language of construction will be studied through the review and study of glossaries, legends and specifications. Application of the arithmetic of construction documents will be included. Prerequisite: None / 3 credits. Offered evenings only.


Materials of Construction

Students learn about basic construction materials including properties and limitations, fabrication processes, and their effect on the fabrication of buildings. Field practice and procedures are used to study both qualitative and quantitative technological characteristics along with the proper use, selection, specifications, strength and limitations, fire resistance, and code conformity of materials. The course is valuable for building trades, building supply, local municipal authorities, fire and public safety officials, and engineering technology students. Prerequisite: None / 3 credits. Offered evenings only.


Construction Technology

Students learn the process of constructing a residence or commercial building from ground to finish. Proper business, tax, and technical paper work are covered. This course and CON120 may be helpful in obtaining information and skills necessary to pass the Massachusetts Construction Supervisors Exam. Prerequisite: None / 3 credits. Offered evenings in the Fall.


Construction Estimating & Practice

The course covers the systems and methods for estimating construction costs of residential and commercial buildings, and will include elements of construction technology and management of the project. The scope will include sub-systems, earthwork foundations, timber, steel, and masonry structure. The course will emphasize relationships in quantities of specific materials with the department variable of associated labor. Prerequisite: None / 3 class hours. 3 credits. Offered evenings in the Fall.


Working with MA State Building Code

Students develop an in-depth working knowledge of the Massachusetts State Building Code, and learn to interpret and apply the code requirements. This course is designed for the general building contractor, for persons engaged in the design and construction of building, and for code enforcement officials and firefighters. This course and CON110 may be helpful in obtaining information and skills necessary to pass the Massachusetts Construction Supervisors Exam. Prerequisite: None / 3 credits. Offered evenings in the Spring.


Architectural Drafting & Const Drwg

This course is intended to provide students with practical experience in preparing working drawings for building construction. This course utilizes concepts developed in CON130 and CON101. A complete set of working drawings will be prepared over the course of the semester. Prerequisite: CON101 and CON130 / 3 credits. Offered: Spring


Computer Aided Drafting I

This course is a first course in computer aided drafting including an introduction to AutoCAD, drawing, editing drawings, applications, using advanced functions, producing hard copy and customizing AutoCAD. The emphasis of this course is in developing drafting techniques using the computer as the drafting tool. Specific topics include system set up, 2-D drawing, editing drawings, multi-view, drawing, orthographic views, dimensioning, sectional views, and graphic patterns. Prerequisite: None / 3 credits. Offered evenings in the Fall, Spring, and Summer.


Computer Aided Drafting II

This course is a second course in computer aided drafting. A brief review of CON130 will be followed by the following topic development: threads and fasteners, auxiliary views, revolutions, shop processes, working drawings, isometric and three dimensional drawings, rendering, and expanding AutoCAD applications. Prerequisite: CON130 / 3 credits. Offered evenings in the Spring.


Architectural Computer Aided

This course develops the student's architectural drafting techniques utilizing personal computers as the tool for the computer aided design (CAD) system. Residential construction is the focus in drawing tasks. Students review CAD techniques, draw building elevations and plan individual rooms by drawing walls, doors, and windows. Students use accepted conventions for lettering, dimensioning, noting and titling. Prerequisite: CON130 / 3 credits. Offered: Fall