Building Construction Helper

Course Code:

Credit Hours:
450 Clock Hours

Effective beginning:



Course Description:
Students learn skills for entry into the construction industry. Content includes safety practices and disaster plans; an understanding of the construction industry and related occupations; the use of basic hand tools; understanding the proper operation of power tools; construction components; masonry skills and employability skills.


Course Details


Jay Scott Phelps



Required textbooks/ course materials:

NCCER Connect with Pearson eText -- Access Card -- for Core: Introduction to Basic Construction Skills, 6th Edition. ISBN: 9780137474592 

Carpentry Level 1 NCCER Connect 2.0 with Pearson eText, Access Card, 5th edition.  ISBN: 9780134298566

Construction Technology NCCER Connect 2.0 with Pearson eText, Student Access Card, 4th edition.  ISBN: 9780135169391

Other required items:

  • Nail apron/tool belt
  • Hammer
  • Speed Square
  • Measuring tape


Assignment/course outline:

See first-day handout.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

Building Construction Helper focuses on broad, transferable skills and stresses understanding and demonstration of the following elements of the construction industry.

See chart below.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Demonstrate the importance of health, safety and environmental management systems in organizations and their importance to organizational performance and regulatory compliance.

Investigate the construction industry and explore related occupations.

Select and use basic hand tools.

Select and use power tools and describe their proper operation.

Demonstrate mathematics knowledge and skills.

Read and interpret construction drawings.

Frame floor systems based on drawing and specification requirements.

Frame walls and ceilings based on drawing and specification requirements.

Frame a roof based on drawing and specification requirements.

Analyze construction components, materials, hardware and characteristics.

Demonstrate masonry skills.

Erect, plumb and brace a simple concrete form with reinforcement.

Place concrete.

Demonstrate welding knowledge and skills (optional).

Understand construction documents, contract documents and specifications.

Select the appropriate heavy equipment for a given task. (optional)

Identify local, state and federal codes and regulations.

Perform site preparation and maintenance.

Estimate project costs and schedule construction activities for a specific job. Investigate sustainability issues related to the design, construction and maintenance of the built environment.

Complete a construction project using skills learned in the program.

Outcome 1: Demonstrate mastery of knowledge and skills in the Building Construction industry.

Outcome 2: Demonstrate safety skillsappropriate for the Building Construction industry.

Outcome 3: Apply critical thinking/problem-solving and diagnostic skills proficiency as appropriate for employees in the Building Construction industry.

Outcome 4: Exhibit inter-personal and ethical skills asappropriate for employees in the Building Construction.

Outcome 5: Exhibit organizational and professional skills appropriate for the Building Construction industry.

Outcome 6: Exhibit employ-ability and/or entrepreneurship skills as appropriate for employees in the Building Construction industry.

Tests, Quizzes, Final Exams, Skills Performance and Skills Demonstration, Projects, Skills Check



Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

Student learning and knowledge will be accomplished by participation in the following.

The Building Construction Program will consist of these elements:

  • Classroom instruction (lecture/discussion, presentations, videos, worksheets, etc.)
  • Hands on learning and application of classroom methods and techniques in the shop and lab.
  • Hands-on competency-based labs.
  • On-line learning management systems (NCCER Connect)
  • Jobsite visits to observe the workings of the various construction-oriented trades.
  • Participation in the building of structures in association with our partnering organizations.

Chipola College, the Building Construction Program, and the instructor will provide the above as a means of accomplishing student learning outcomes; however, the student needs to complete/perform the following items in order to ensure their success in the program:

  • Attend classes regularly.
  • Complete reading and computer assignments along with lab/field work.
  • Keep a course notebook.
  • Be present, and complete quizzes, tests, homework, and practical exams.


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