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Read Blueprints, Estimate, Frame Drywall, Operate Tools, and More

The Advanced Construction Methods Program provides an opportunity for students to learn the fundamentals of blueprint reading, estimating building codes and ordinances, frame construction, roof framing, interior and exterior finishing and the safe operation and maintenance of tools and equipment. Students will spend time at a building site as well as in the classroom.

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What Our Students Learn

  • Read blueprints and estimate costs
  • Frame buildings and roof ng
  • Safe operation of tools and equipment
  • Finish interiors and exteriors
construction worker working on roof

Career Outlook

  • Employment opportunity in this field is 6 times higher than the national average of a job
  • Entry level salaries start at $34,000 and up
  • Median salary is $52,000
  • 10% of workers earn $67,000 or more
person using sledgehammer on wall

Class Experience

  • Students spend 50% of their time learning concepts in a classroom, and 50% of their time in the shop with hands-on practical work
  • Students gain onsite experience through the construction of a student-built house
  • Enrollment options are available for both high school students and post-secondary students
  • 2 years of classes

Craig Conroy

Instructor, Advanced Construction Methods

Accredited Certificate Courses (55 credits)

All credits earned at Pickens technical college are recognized by the Colorado Community College System (CCCS), and are eligible for transfer to other colleges within the state of Colorado.

Provides a basic introduction to construction work for all crafts, safety concerns and procedures, and the safety and use of hand and power tools. This course specifically applies to construction work.

Covers framing basics as well as the procedures for laying out and constructing a wood floor, and wall framing using common lumber as well as engineered building material. Includes instructions for selecting and installing metal framing for interior walls, exterior non-load bearing walls, and partitions.

Covers basic stair terminology and layout, also basic understanding of roof design and installation.

Introduces blue-print reading and how they apply to the construction site. Includes in-depth introduction to site layout (materials and methods). It also covers materials and methods for concrete forms and foundations. Includes various reinforcement methods such as re-bar and welded-wire fabric.

Covers installation and finishing of hardwood floors, laminate/engineered floors, and tile. Includes discussion on advantages and disadvantages of various choices available.

Expands upon (CON 106 Site Prep Through Foundation) and gives students a chance to explore more complex plot plans and multi-unit site layouts. Includes a more in-depth look at the blueprints and how they apply to the job-site. Builds on course (CON 1006 Site Prep Through Foundation) and expands on theories and concepts from the first year class. Offers opportunities to explore more complex systems and form requirements.

Provides an overview of the estimation process. Bid requirements, and package are discussed along with an introduction to the CSI divisions.

Focuses on the techniques for reading and using blueprints and specifications with an emphasis placed on those drawing and types of information that are relevant to the carpentry craft.

Utilizes hands-on techniques to illustrate exterior moisture, trim, and exterior door and window installation. Student will explore various residential materials and methods. Estimation of time and material will be discussed as well as general business practices.

Focuses on selection and installation of various types of insulating materials in walls, floors, and attics. Covers the uses and installation practices for vapor barriers and waterproofing materials.

Covers the use of gypsum wall board and the techniques of concealing joints and fasteners, construction methods, estimation and a variety of texture finishes.

Covers material choices and installation techniques of various interior trim, including interior doors, baseboard, and casement. Includes an overview of additional interior trim choices. Covers interior doors and trim with focus on material choices, methods of work, and estimation.

Expands upon those skills and knowledge learned in (CAR 104 Floor And Wall Framing) Covers complex floor, and wall framing issues and leadership/ foreman responsibilities. Allows students to hone skills previously learned. Utilizes a hands-on approach to allow students to study floor, and wall framing.

Expands upon the first year course emphasizing construction of residential and commercial stairs. Covers complex stairs, including curved and multi-level stair construction. Includes alternatives to stringers, and finish Emphasizes methods and materials for balusters and rails.

Expands upon those skills and knowledge learned in CAR134. An opportunity to hone their skills as an exterior carpenter as well as building their skills in a leadership roll.

Expands upon the material covered in (CAR 147 Interior Carpentry) and includes more advanced techniques and in-depth discussion of various material choices. Covers estimating and efficiency studies. Includes in-depth study of premium interior doors and trim..Explores the craftsmanship and fine woodworking involved in many fine homes. Includes mantel and various fireplace designs, custom shelves and closets, and custom moulding.

Expands upon skills and knowledge learned in (CON 1009 Flooring Tile and Wood). Focuses on estimation and ordering of flooring and tile products. Provides an opportunity to use more advanced layout and designs of various flooring and tile.

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