Available courses

Introduction to Electrical Wiring - Basic Features Template

This course introduces electrical wiring materials, tools, and processes with an emphasis on residential wiring. General information is covered about parts and materials commonly used to install power circuits in a building including wires and conductors, service entrance components, safety devices for shock and fire prevention, as well as basic devices like switches and receptacles.

This course also covers information about hand and power tools commonly used in the electrical trade to include:

  • Tools for installing and removing fasteners 
  • Tools to cut, strip, and attach wires 
  • Tools to cut and bend conduit 
  • Tools for modifying framing for routing cable 
  • Tools for testing and measuring circuits 
  • Tools used to modify a built structure for routing cable and cutting conduit.

Specific steps and information about typical wiring practices used to install an electrical circuit in a wood-framed structure will be explained and plan sets with schematics are supplied for you to practice wiring basic electrical circuit installations.


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Wall Framing - Basic Features Template

Wall Framing - Basic Features Template

Course modified date: 25 Aug 2022

This course identifies wall framing parts and describes the use of these components to include rough opening parts for windows and doors.  Different methods of corners and T-wall connections will be explained. The concept of layout will be covered as well as details on sheathing and blocking.

Activities are included in this course to complement these lessons that you can build from home - but are not required.  But we do recommend you at least do the plate layout exercise.


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Residential Plan Reading - Basic Features Template

Every construction project starts with a set of plans, so the set of skills needed to read and understand plans covered in these lessons becomes key to discovering how to build.

If you can navigate a set of plans, identify different views, interpret building notes, symbols, and reference dimensions, an entire world of information becomes available to you on how things are put together.  This single skill can by itself make you more valuable on a job site.

This course introduces plans and helps you navigate through these different elements and presents the basics of this whole language of building that can be found in any set of plans.

The math portion of this course uses plan-based problems to give students practice in calculating math functions with fractions as well as understanding linear, squared, and cubic calculations and conversions. Examples of problems are given that require material estimation based on plan reading skills. 


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Floor Framing - Basic Features Template

Floor Framing - Basic Features Template

Course modified date: 25 Aug 2022

This course will teach you the basics of floor framing with dimensional lumber and engineered materials like TJI's and open web floor truss systems.

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Fundamentals of Construction - Basic Features Template
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Windows - Basic Functions Template

Windows - Basic Functions Template

Course modified date: 25 Aug 2022

This course highlights windows as engineered operable building components and covers specific step-by-step process to install them in a building successfully.

Different window styles, materials, and window parts and features will be explained. Also covered is an in-depth instruction on the theory, process, tools, and materials used to install a leak-free vinyl window in a rough opening of a wood-framed structure with house wrap already in place


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Basic Power Saws - CANVAS

Basic Power Saws - CANVAS

Course modified date: 24 Aug 2022

This course takes a deeper dive into some of the power tools mentioned in the Tools and Materials course that are used specifically for cutting.  Each saw is presented in a separate series of lessons and you will know more about the parts and features of each saw as well as ways to set up, adjust, and use the tool safely and effectively.

We can all agree there is no substitute for hands-on learning with these tools, but this course is a great primer for understanding the miter saw, circular saws, reciprocating saw (or Sawzall), jig saw, and table saw prior to using them.


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