Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
APR 150
Course Title:
Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Training
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Course Description

Introduces Evening Trades and Apprenticeship Program (ETAP) students to the environment of the commercial construction trades, including workplace safety, construction mathematics, blueprint reading and layout, foundations, wall layout and framing, and roof structures. Prerequisites: Department Permission required. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

1. Apply to Oregon State Apprenticeship Programs
2. Build footings and stem walls using hand tools, carpentry math, and leveling instruments
3. Build bearing walls according to roof load specifications on structural drawings
4. Build roofs by print design with use of power tools and a framing square
5. Pass test and earn a First Aid and CPR Certification
6. Pass test and earn an Operators Safety Card for Rough Terrain Forklift
7. Work safely on a construction site

Course Activities and Design

Classroom lecture and discussion coupled with homework assignments will be the instructional methods used in this course.
Industry made Videos and DVDs will supplement the classroom lectures. Extensive hands-on construction projects in a lab setting
will apply classroom concepts to the real world of the Construction Industry.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Written examinations coupled with continuous Instructor assessment of the hands-on construction projects in the labs will
serve as the main assessment tools. Student ability to pass specific Certification Tests will also serve as an assessment tool.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Skills include reading tape measures accurately, understanding construction terminology, recognizing construction materials,
applying carpentry math especially fractions, using PPE and working safely on site, operating a fork lift, using leveling
instruments accurately, laying out a site accurately, recognizing signs, symbols, and dimensions on a blueprint, building various
types foundations, building stem walls, building both load bearing and non-load bearing walls to Code, properly using both hand and
power tools, and building roofs by print design.