Program Overview

Construction Trades Continuing Education

A female student in a construction trades course uses her left hand to steady herself as she looks upward into the rafters of a structure.
The Construction Trades program provides participants with training for entry-level positions in building construction. In addition, specialty standalone courses are offered to help students learn and build upon specific skills needed to be more marketable in the building trades industry. Industrial trades such as mechanical and welding are also available.

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WLD-3106E Welding-MIG

This course focuses on MIG (Metal Inert Gas) welding using electric arc. Students will learn the safe handling and set up of shielding gases and welding equipment. Surface and material preparation including cutting and grinding will be covered using the horizontal band saw and 4 1/2" angle grinder. Students will learn how to strike an arc and run weld beads to join separate pieces of metal. Multiple position welding is emphasized including flat, vertical, and overhead.
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WLD-3106F Welding, Tig

This course is a focus on TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) welding. Students are taught how to cut and prepare materials to be welded using the horizontal band saw, grinders, and electric arc plasma cutter. The safe set up and operation of the TIG welder is covered. Students will learn to strike and maintain an arc for welding multiple metals. The applications and use of tungsten and AC/DC polarity for welding steel and aluminum are covered in this course. A prerequisite of MIG, Product Fabrication, or Stick welding at Durham Tech is required to take this course.


* The following courses must be completed prior to taking this course., Completion of WLD-3106E Welding-MIG, WLD-3106G Welding, Product Fabrication, or WLD-3106H Sculptural and Metalwork, is required to take this course

Section Number Dates Location Building Room Time Format
70369
3/14 - 5/9
Main Campus
132
S 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Classroom

WLD-3106G Welding, Product Fabrication

This course focuses on metal fabrication and welding through product application. Students will learn a variety of cutting and welding techniques and demonstrate proficient use through their application. Collaborative projects are welcome, as are individual projects that can range from functional to sculptural artworks. Hot and cold cutting including saws, grinders, flame cutting, and electric arc plasma cutting will be covered. Electric arc welding processes will be taught. Students will create drawings, measure, plan, and fabricate. The design and construction of jigs for bending and shaping steel will also be explored
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SEF-WELD Stick Welding Workshop

This 2-day workshop will introduce stick welding. The focus will be on stick welding flat. Students will be taught how to prepare the surfaces to be welded, which rods are appropriate for the weld, and how to set up the machines. Students will learn how to safely strike, run a bead, and to join separate pieces of metal. The purpose of the workshop is skill building. A prerequisite of MIG welding at Durham Tech is necessary to take this course.
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PLU-3024B Plumbing Level I

This course is designed to cover the basic installation and maintenance of plumbing systems and components. Topics include safe use of tools, implementation of standard practices, and installation/maintenance of piping, fittings, valves, appliances and fixtures used in plumbed systems.
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AHR-3131D HVAC Heating

This course covers the fundamentals of heating including gas, and electric heating systems. Topics include safety, tools and instrumentation, system operating characteristics, installation techniques, efficiency testing, electrical power, and control systems.
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AHR-3131E HVAC Cooling

This course focuses on air conditioning equipment and components, including condensers, evaporators, compressors, metering devices, refrigerants, and electrical and mechanical circuits. Students will work with equipment, following safety standards and protocols, to develop skills required for entry-level employment as a technician in the HVAC industry.
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CAR-3108G Core Construction Fundamentals

Participants involved in this course will complete the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Core Curriculum and the 10-hour OSHA course in Construction Safety. This course also covers Construction Math, Introduction to power tools and hand tools, Intro to Construction drawings, Basic Rigging, Materials Handling, Communication and Employability Skills. Students who attend this class will gain the skills and certifications necessary to obtain entry-level work with contracting companies in a variety of trade areas. There is opportunity to meet employers throughout the course, to learn about career opportunities and wages. Job shadowing, learning about curriculum programs in the trades at the college, as well as information in regards to apprenticeship will be discussed throughout the course.
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CAR-3112B Carpentry II

This course is a continuation of Carpentry I and includes wall and roof framing, the installation of windows and doors, and interior and exterior finishes. The students will perform the construction of building components to complete the class carpentry project, building a shed. The course also continues the introduction to fine woodworking with basic cabinetry design and construction methods and requires the students to complete one individual project to demonstrate fine carpentry skills. Course objectives teach the proper clothing, safety, tool use and maintenance, material handling, and some building codes as they pertain to the class projects. Students must have demonstrated the minimum level of competence and safety in applied measurement, mathematics, blueprint reading, tools and equipment by earning the certificate in Carpentry I (CAR3112A), or by gaining the written verification of those skills from the instructor, prior to enrollment in this Carpentry II class.


* The following courses must be completed prior to taking this course., Completion of CAR-3112A Carpentry I is required to take this, course

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CAR-3112A Carpentry I

This course is designed to prepare the novice basic skills to perform general carpentry tasks including the ability to: Use the PPE and practice the required safety standards on construction sites. Use the most common hand and power tools safely and effectively. Select, maintain, and secure construction site tools and equipment. Practice standard framing methods and select the appropriate materials. Interpret basic designs and apply sound construction principles. Practice solid wood construction and joinery methods to produce a piece of functional furniture or cabinetry. Whether you want to get a job in construction, remodel existing projects or just be more confident in home projects, this course is for you.
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CAR-3118B General Contractor Prep

This course is a review of the laws, codes, and procedures covered by the General Contractor's License Exam for residental and light construction. This classification includes construction of all one and two family dwellings covered by the NC Residential code.
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SEF-30037 Make Your Own Custom Cutting Board

New to woodworking or looking to get started? This beginner level woodworking course teaches you how to safely use basic woodworking equipment and hand tools, while creating a solid wood cutting board. Throughout this 5-hour course, you will be instructed through every stage of the project. This class includes all materials and tools you will need to complete a cutting board for yourself or as a gift to give.
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SEF-FKLT Forklift Training

This course provides instruction on the operation and maintenance of an industrial forklift. Core topics include forklift design, controls and instrumentation, pre-use inspection, safety awareness, and forklift stability. This course includes instruction, written test, and driving test on site and meets the training requirements for related Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations. 6 hours $131
Section Number Dates Location Building Room Time Format
71650
1/31 - 1/31
Main Campus
159
F 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Classroom

CAB-3100A Introduction to Cabinetry

This course is designed to teach the fundamental techniques of cabinetmaking. Course topics can include but are not limited to understanding the difference between production and custom cabinets, learning the proper selection of woods, materials, tools and finishes, learning how to plan, blueprint and build a small cabinet, understanding cabinet installation and how to estimate building and labor construction costs.
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CAB-3100B Introduction to Woodworking

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of woodworking. We will cover shop safety, the scientific properties of wood, interpreting and/or creating a plan, cutting and milling stock, basic joinery, and effective use of tools. Upon completion, participants will have a general understanding of shop safety, correct use of hand and power tools, materials and fasteners, furniture/cabinet joinery and assembly, and design principles related to woodworking. Students will apply these skills and knowledge to produce a finished furniture or cabinetry project.
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WLD-3106H Sculptural Welding and Metalwork for, Artists

An introduction to welding and metal working techniques and processes with a focus on creating artworks. Students learn the safe operation of welding equipment and the potential hazards of individual welding processes. This course includes oxygen-acetylene and electric arc welding to cut, shape, and weld steel. Students will learn torch cutting and gas welding, stick, MIG, and TIG welding.
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SEF-FIHR Fix It! Home Repair

Are you looking to learn to change faucets, lighting fixtures, or repair drywall? This home maintenance oriented course will cover basic electrical, plumbing, and carpentry related home repairs. Safety and tool usage will be covered, as well as an overview of common maintenance issues that commonly arise in homes. Energy efficiency and preventative maintenance will be covered throughout the course as well.
Section Number Dates Location Building Room Time Format
70380
1/25 - 3/28
Main Campus
149
S 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Classroom

MEC-3010F Introduction to Machining

This course introduces machining operations as they relate to the metalworking industry. Topics include machine shop safety, measuring tools, lathes, drilling machines, saws, milling machines, bench grinders, and layout instruments. Emphasis is placed on set up and operation of machine tools including the selection and use of work holding devices, speeds, feeds, cutting tools, and coolants.
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