Construction Trades Management

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree

Provides graduates with the essential skills required of an entry level employee in the construction trades industry. This program is certified with the National Association of Home Builders through the Home Builders Institute and encompasses the National Skills Standards for the Construction Trades.

Program Purpose

Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in the construction trades field which will prepare them to obtain an entry-level position in the field and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate understanding of how ropes, chains, hoist, loaders, and cranes are used to move material and equipment on a job site (NCCER module 00106-09 – Basic Rigging, subject to revision).
  • Interpret and visualize blueprints for plot plans, foundations, framing, plumbing, HVAC, electrical, masonry, welding, and details.
  • Determine quantities and costs for various construction components.
  • Describe the various foundation and framing materials and terminology.
  • Identify all basic instruments and tools used in wood framing construction and safety practices pertaining to the use of the instruments and tools.
  • Identify suppliers and uses of various types of form hardware and accessories.
  • Describe the major stages of construction and the role and responsibility of the construction supervisor in each.

Program Map

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

First Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
TEC 100 Core Curriculum Introductory Craft Skills 5 Departmental Requirement
CTM 105 Blueprint Reading for Construction 3 Major Requirement
CTM 123 Building Construction Methods 1 3 Major Requirement
ENG 101 or 107 Freshman Composition/GE 3 GE- Composition
CIS 120 Introduction to Computer Information Systems/GE (recommended) 3 GE- Additional Courses

Second Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
CTM 110 Construction Estimating 3 Major Requirement
CTM 124 Building Construction Methods 2 3 Major Requirement
CTM 230 Construction Management Field Operations 3 Major Requirement
ENG 102 or 108 Freshman Composition/GE 3 GE- Composition
MAT 105 or higher Mathematics for the Applied Sciences or approved higher level math 3 GE- Mathematics

Third Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
ECT 105 Basic Electricity 3 Departmental Requirement
DFT 100 AutoCAD 1 - Drafting 3 Departmental Requirement
ACR 101 Air Conditioning and Refrigeration 1 3 Departmental Requirement
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology/GE (recommended) 3 GE- Social and Behavioral Science
ENV 101 Environmental Science/GE (recommended) 4 GE- Physical and Biological Science

Fourth Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
ECT 115 National Electrical Code 3 Departmental Requirement
DFT 102 AutoCAD 2 - Drafting 2 4 Departmental Requirement
TEC 165 Employee and Occupational Safety 3 Departmental Requirement
PHI 105 Ethics/GE (recommended) 3 GE- Humanities
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