BLCT - Building Construction

BLCT 3129 - Electricity & Controls

Level: 
Lower
Credits: 
9
Description: 
Principles of electricity, power sources, loads, switches, basic house wiring circuits, electrical test equipment, control wiring for forced air and hydronic heating system, fuels, and accessories including zoning.

BLCT 3119 - Hot Water & Steam Heating

Level: 
Lower
Credits: 
9
Description: 
Examination of all components and functions in residential hot water and steam heating systems including configurations encountered in common applications, hot water boiler ratings, piping layouts, pump performance, zoning, venting and ventilation principles, sizing, installation and troubleshooting, and energy conservation and equipment.

BLCT 2142 - Masonry II

Level: 
Lower
Credits: 
2
Description: 

This course covers the various types of mortar mixes and their appropriate uses, reinforces and builds on trade aspects and skills introduced in BLCT 1142. The evolution of the masonry trade, tools, and materials used will be studied. We will develop the skills needed by those restoring or maintaining historic masonry structures. Bricklaying and stone veneers will be introduced. The basics of plasterwork will be covered.

BLCT 2132 - Estimating II

Level: 
Lower
Credits: 
2
Description: 
The Estimating II course is a continuation of Estimating I. This course develops mathematical concepts and application skills necessary for the carpenter and mason to estimate building quantities and associated costs. Topics include formulas for area, lineal footage, board foot quantities, and basic geometry as it pertains to construction. The student will be required to figure material takeoffs for sidings, roof materials, and cornice. These are the exterior finish materials for building a house.

BLCT 2129 - Sheet Metal

Level: 
Lower
Credits: 
9
Description: 
Provides students with entry level knowledge and skills in sheet metal industry, sheet metal machines and tools, developing basic sheet metal skills, sheet pattern layout including edges, seams, assembly and installation, development of patterns for ducts, transitions, and components used in the heating industry.

BLCT 2119 - Forced Air Heating

Level: 
Lower
Credits: 
9
Description: 
Introduction to heating and air conditioning and factors which affect comfort requirements, forced air heating equipment and its various applications, installation of duct systems in residential structures, heat sources, combustion, and gas and oil burner systems.

BLCT 2093 - Window and Door Restoration

Level: 
Lower
Credits: 
3
Description: 

This course discusses the materials and techniques historically used in the construction of residential windows and doors, and methods commonly used in their restoration. We will cover maintenance issues, glazing options, hardware, wood sash restoration, sill replacement, painting, weather stripping, interior/exterior storm windows, and energy efficiency, as well as appropriate replacement of missing/damaged parts. Appropriate wood species and wood quality issues will be covered.

BLCT 2084 - Mechanics of Decay & Deterioration of Wood

Level: 
Lower
Credits: 
4
Description: 
This course will examine many of the factors causing deterioration and decay in wood. We will also explore means of prevention of this damage, and the costs of and hazards associated with some of these means.

BLCT 2074 - Historic Roofing Materials

Level: 
Lower
Credits: 
4
Description: 
This course will provide an overview of materials commonly used in historic roofing construction and how they differ from the materials commonly used today. We will look at the natural materials of thatch, wood, slate, and shale processed into terra-cotta tiles, as well as metal roofing. We will learn how to effectively deal with flashings in a variety of situations.

BLCT 2064 - Structural Components

Credits: 
4
Level: 
Lower
Prerequisites: 

BLCT 1024 with "D" or better

Description: 

This course explores a variety of structural components and building practices in frame construction. Major topics include manufactured building materials, span and load bearing requirements, floor systems, roof systems, fastening techniques, and estimating, as well as common frame construction techniques. The lab exercises allow the student to practice the layout, assembly, and construction of a variety of structural components with concentration on common rafters and manufactured joists, trusses, and beams.

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