Construction Trades Courses

CNST 69, Construction Safety
Lec-17.5 P/NP Available

A study of Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirements for the construction industry, leading to an ability to identify safety hazards and prevent accidents. Students who successfully complete the course with a "B" or better have the option to apply to the state for an OSHA 10 hour Construction Safety Certificate.

CSU
Units: 1
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Upon successful completion of this course, "C" or better, students will also have the options to obtain an OSHA 10 card for a small filing fee.

CNST 77, OSHA 30
Lec-45

CAL-OSHA 30 training: Industry Standards for regulations covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Standards for the Construction Industry.

CSU
Units: 2.5
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Upon successful completion of this course, "C" or better, students will also have the option to obtain an OSHA 30 card for a small filing fee.

CNST 88, Practical Mathematics for Trades
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

Applied competency-based course designed to prepare students entering the construction, automotive, or custodial trades. Practical applications to trades math will prepare students for trades tests, success in content classes, and work in the field.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Formerly Practical Mathematics for Construction Trades

CNST 100, Introduction to Construction Applications
Lec-35 Lab-70 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: CNST 69 or possession of OSHA 10 Certificate

Overview of trades, design and management occupations connected to building projects. Introduction to use of project documents, plans and specifications. Introduces relevant green technologies in the construction field. Practice in using measuring, hand, and power tools. Hands-on use of tools and materials to complete group projects.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CNST 1000, Introduction to Construction

Overview of trades, design and management, occupations connected to building projects. Introduction to use of project documents, plans and specifications, as well as relevant green technologies in the construction field. Practice with measuring and using hand and power tools.

Units: 0
Credit type: Noncredit
CNST 102, Concrete Applications
Lec-35 Lab-70 P/NP Available

ADVISE: CNST 100 or CNST 69 or Previous OHSA certification

An introduction to the uses, design and installation of concrete elements in construction. Students will apply classroom theory to real outdoor lab building projects. This class enables students to apply what they've learned to other construction courses, as well as to engineering and architecture. Industry safety standards will be strongly emphasized.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CNST 1025, Drywall Hanging and Finishing

ADVISE: CNST 1069

Introductory course in the techniques and applications of hanging, taping and applying smooth and textured finishes.

Units: 0
Credit type: Noncredit
CNST 1028, National Electrical Code Introduction

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 186 or placement in ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

This course examines how the National Electrical Code (NEC) is organized and designed for the protection of personnel and equipment. Introduces common requirements for the wiring of residential and commercial spaces; introduces load calculations for sizing wire, conduit, boxes and other apparatus; instructs students in the most efficient ways to navigate the code.

Units: 0
Credit type: Noncredit

This is the first of three classes on the National Electrical Code. The other two explore different sections of the code.

CNST 1029, National Electrical Code 2

ADVISE: CNST 128 or CNST 1028

This course is designed for students to study equipment that is less commonly encountered by residential electricians. The course will also examine requirements related to the photovoltaic industry, including those which use battery storage.

Units: 0
Credit type: Noncredit

Formerly this class was part of CNST 1005. That class has been divided into three parts of which this is the second, intermediate level

CNST 103, Residential Plumbing
Lec-35 Lab-70 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: CNST 100 or CNST 69

An introductory course in the methods and materials necessary to install a residential plumbing system. This course offers hands-on practice in the installation of supply, Drain/Waste/Vent (DWV), and gas systems.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CNST 106, Fundamentals of the Uniform Plumbing Code
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

PREREQ.: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in: CNST 103 or previous or current experience working in the plumbing field. ADVISE: CNST 100

Provides training in the requirements of the California Uniform Plumbing Code (CPC). Topics include general regulations, permit and inspection, residential plumbing systems, storm drainage, fuel piping, mandatory standards, indirect waste, private sewer disposal systems, gray water systems.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CNST 1069, Construction Safety

A study of Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirements for the construction industry, leading to an ability to identify safety hazards and prevent accidents. It covers safety issues as they apply to general construction . Also, the subject matter is tailored to specific occupations/trades and to safety issues in our construction courses. Students who successfully complete the course with a "B" or better have the option to apply to the state for a lifetime OSHA 10 hour Construction Safety Certificate.

Units: 0
Credit type: Noncredit
CNST 107, Blueprint Reading
Lec-35 Lab-70 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: CNST 100; ET 108A

This course teaches the skills for reading a variety of construction plans, details, schedules and specifications. The course is a beginning course, yet also enhances skills of those who have existing knowledge of construction drawings.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CNST 107A, Practical Blueprint Reading
Lec-9 Lab-26 P/NP Available

This course teaches the basic skills of reading blueprints and specifications.

CSU
Units: 1
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CNST 108, Contractor License Preparation
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: CNST 100 and CNST 107; or demonstrated understanding of construction principals or experience in the construction industry, and the ability to interpret plans and specifications

Principles for managing a construction business, California Contractor Licensing Law, worker's compensation, construction bonds, labor code, employee relations, safety, construction contracts, fiscal responsibility, scheduling, construction documents, plans, specifications, and the estimating process.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CNST 109, Residential Wiring
Lec-52.5 Lab-52.5 P/NP Available

COREQ.: CNST 100 ADVISE: CNST 136

Introduction to basics of residential wiring practices which includes identifying required circuits, load calculations for a circuit and for a service, and the principles of grounding and bonding. The hands-on portion of the course includes best practices for the installation of energy efficiency devices and equipment, as well as the wiring and testing of such gear as heat pumps, occupancy sensors, mini splits and instantaneous water heaters.

CSU
Units: 4
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CNST 111, Carpentry - Rough Framing
Lec-35 Lab-70 P/NP Available

ADVISE: CNST 69 or CNST 100

An introductory course in the methods and materials necessary to build a wood framed building. This course offers hands-on practice in the framing of simple floors, walls, ceilings, roofs, and stairways.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CNST 112, Carpentry-Advanced Framing
Lec-35 Lab-70 P/NP Available

PREREQ.: CNST 111 ADVISE: CNST 69 and CNST 100

An advanced course in the methods, materials and seismic requirements necessary to build a wood framed building. This course offers hands-on practice in the framing of more complicated floors, walls, ceilings, roofs, stairways and decks.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CNST 113, Finish Carpentry
Lec-35 Lab-70 P/NP Available

ADVISE: CNST 69 or CNST 100 or CNST 1069

A course in the methods, materials, and installation techniques necessary to install doors, paneling, countertops, cabinets, crown moulding, baseboard, chair rail, picture rails and similar trim. This course offers hands-on practice in the fine craftsmanship required for finish work.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CNST 114, Custom Cabinetmaking
Lec-35 Lab-70 P/NP Available

ADVISE: CNST 100; CNST 1069

Introductory course in the basics of custom cabinetmaking and installation from simple "standalone" cabinets to complete wall-to-wall bookcases and kitchens, as well as stand-alone furniture-grade casework. Approaches and techniques of designing, constructing and installing custom casework including: Face-frame, European, and Die-wall construction; drawer making, associated material and hardware use.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CNST 116, Furniture Making & Woodworking
Lec-35 Lab-70 P/NP Available

ADVISE.: CNST 69

Designed to prepare students for entry-level work or to upgrade their existing skills in woodworking. Course has a hands-on focus that covers safety procedures, furniture design, hand and machine tools, materials identification and applications, fabrication processes, and project planning.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CNST 118A, Advanced Project Furniture Making I
Lec-35 Lab-70 P/NP Available

PREREQ.: CNST 116

Individualized project-based course designed for advanced-level students in furniture making, incorporating the furtherance of those skills (safety, project planning, design, hand and machine tools, material knowledge) acquired in the basic CNST 116 course.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CNST 118B, Advanced Project Furniture Making II
Lec-35 Lab-70 P/NP Available

PREREQ.: CNST 118A

Individualized project-based course designed as a continuation to CNST 118A for advanced-level students in furniture making, incorporating the furtherance of those skills (safety, project planning, design, hand and machine tools, materials knowledge) acquired in CNST 116 and CNST 118A.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CNST 121, Introduction to Photovoltaics
Lec-30 Lab-6 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 186 or placement in ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

Introduction to the principles of solar generated electricity and how they are applied on residential rooftops, ground and pole mounts, and larger commercial installations.

CSU
Units: 1.5
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CNST 122, Introduction to Photo Voltaic Installation
Lec-12 Lab-24 P/NP Available

PREREQ: CNST 100 ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 186 or placement in ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English; Completion of or concurrent enrollment in: CNST 121

Hands-on class in the principles of locating, installing and commissioning a photovoltaic system.

CSU
Units: 1
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CNST 125, Drywall Hanging and Finishing
Lec-17.5 Lab-35 P/NP Available

ADVISE: CNST 100 and CNST 69

Introductory course in the techniques and applications of hanging, taping and applying smooth and textured finishes.

CSU
Units: 1.5
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CNST 128, Introduction to the National Electrical Code
Lec-36 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 186 or placement in ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

Designed for first year electricians, this course examines how the National Electrical Code (NEC) is organized and designed to ensure best practices for the protection of personnel and equipment. Introduces common requirements for the wiring of residential and commercial spaces; introduces load calculations for sizing wire, conduit, boxes and other apparatus; instructs students in the most efficient ways to navigate the code.

CSU
Units: 2
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CNST 129, Intermediate National Electrical Code
Lec-36

PREREQ: CNST 128 or CNST 1028

Designed for second and third year electricians. Open to more experienced electricians. Includes load calculations for motors, compressors; requirements for connecting and grounding transformers; revisits calculating conduit fill. Covers equipment less commonly encountered by residential electricians, such as motors and electric vehicle charging stations. Also, requirements for photovoltaic systems.

CSU
Units: 2
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Formerly the second part of CNST 105.

CNST 130A, Introduction to Residential Energy Efficiency
Lec-24 Lab-12 field trips P/NP Available

First of three courses preparing students for employment as entry level energy efficiency technicians. Topics include energy audits, proper insulation, heat flow, and energy efficiency.

CSU
Units: 1.5
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Formerly CNST 130

CNST 130B, Residential Energy Efficient Systems
Lec-24 Lab-12 field trips P/NP Available

PREREQ.: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in: CNST 130A

Second of three courses preparing students for employment as entry level energy efficiency technicians. Topics include various types of residential heating and cooling systems, lighting and appliances with an emphasis on new innovations creating energy efficiency.

CSU
Units: 1.5
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Formerly CNST 130

CNST 130C, Residential Building Shell Climate Comfort and Health
Lec-24 Lab-12 field trips P/NP Available

PREREQ.: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in: CNST 130B

Last of three courses preparing students for employment as entry-level energy efficiency technicians. Topics include building shell thermal characteristics and efficiency ratings, residential air exchange systems, and health and safety issues with sealed buildings.

CSU
Units: 1.5
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Formerly CNST 130

CNST 131, Advanced National Electrical Codes
Lec-36 P/NP Available

PREREQ: CNST 129 or demonstration of CNST 129 exit skills

This class of the National Electrical Code (NEC) is intended for those students who are getting ready to take the California electrician's certification or the C10 licensing exam. It will focus on emergency and communication systems including broadband requirements. The course will prepare students for the licensing exam calculations including how to use chapter nine's tables on conduit fill and dimensions of wires. Finally, this course will use practice examples of load calculations for residential and commercial projects.

CSU
Units: 2
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CNST 132, Fundamentals of Refrigeration for Industrial Maintenance
Lec-52.5 Lab-52.5 P/NP Available

Basic principles and operation of industrial refrigeration systems; refrigeration cycle, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) laws and regulations for safe refrigerant handling.

CSU
Units: 4
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CNST 133, Sales and Marketing Photovoltaics
Lec-24 Lab-12

PREREQ: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in: CNST 121

Best practices for marketing strategies based on California and federal incentives and to represent a photovoltaic system's performance to a client.

CSU
Units: 1.5
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CNST 134, Electrical-Mechanical Fundamentals
Lec-52.5 Lab-52 P/NP Available

Fundamentals of electricity and magnetism as they apply to the training of refrigeration technicians. Hands on work with transformers, solenoids, relays, motor starters, and single and three phase hermetic motors and motor control circuits.

CSU
Units: 4
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CNST 136, Electrical Circuits
Lec-52.5 Lab-52.5 P/NP Available

Introduction to basic electrical terms and principles. Includes the design, construction and testing of basic alternating currents (AC) and direct currents (DC) in series, parallel and combination circuits.

CSU
Units: 4
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable