Course Descriptions

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CARP-141

Introduction to Carpentry and Construction

Credit(s): 3

CARP-141, Introduction to Carpentry and Construction, is a four-week course introducing the carpentry trade and its application as a career in the construction industry. Basic building materials and construction methods are thoroughly covered in preparation for the carpentry program's construction of NIC's "Really Big Raffle" house. Classroom emphasis is on construction-related math, reading and interpretation of both commercial and residential plans and blueprints, applicable building codes, building layout, and sustainable green construction methods. This course has a laboratory component that applies classroom curriculum to assigned shop projects, includes appropriate local field trips, and begins site preparation and layout for the fall and spring semester's class project house. Lecture: 8 hours per week Lab: 8 hours per week
Corequisites: CARP-142

CARP-142

Safe and Savvy Tool Use

Credit(s): 3

CARP 142 is a four-week class that introduces and emphasizes safe and proper use of the tools of the carpentry trade. Shop and job-site safety issues are thoroughly covered, including developing a class safety plan for the year's construction of NIC's "Really Big Raffle" house. Hand tools, hand held power tools and shop-based bench power tools are individually covered. The laboratory component of CARP 142 includes assigned projects in the shop as well as activities on-campus or on-site. Laboratory projects are designed to require use of all tools and procedures covered in the classroom. Lecture: 2 hours per week Lab: 1 hour per week

CARP-143

Blueprints for Carpenters

Credit(s): 3

This course includes a classroom and laboratory component. It covers detailed interpretations of both residential and commercial blueprints, specific engineered shop drawings, models, sketches, and other representation of construction projects. Students will learn to identify and use critical building information contained in the plans, including accurate dimensioning and the meanings of architectural notations and symbols, especially as they apply to the construction of NIC's annual Really Big Raffle house, the carpentry program's main yearly class project. Related and required municipal building codes are thoroughly covered as they apply to the raffle house construction. Classroom time includes a heavy construction math emphasis as the class does materials take-offs from a variety of plans and creates a materials list and budget for the raffle house. Laboratory time is spent practicing house layout procedures with a variety of plans, especially the current project house plans. On-site, the raffle house is located and laid out and preparations are made of excavation. As time permits through the semester students independently plan, sketch and lay out smaller projects and side jobs around the NIC campus and local Coeur d'Alene community. Lecture: 2 hours per week Lab: 2 hours per week
Prerequisites: Carpentry program students must first complete CARP-141 and CARP-142 or present transcripted post-secondary articulation credits. CARP-143 is open to the campus and community at large with no prerequisites with instructor permission and depending on available class space.
Corequisites: CARP-144 CARP-145 CARP-146 CARP-147

CARP-144

Construction Materials, Equipment and Methods I

Credit(s): 3

This course covers a broad range of both current and timeless construction materials and methods with emphasis on problem solving, tool savvy and building techniques directly applicable to carpentry work on a residential construction site. The classroom curriculum includes a text and special calculator, classroom lecture, after-class research and assignments, field trips, websites and visitors from the community and industry. The laboratory time consists primarily of building NIC's Really Big Raffle house, with other projects around the NIC campus and local Coeur d'Alene community added as time permits. Special attention is given to all construction safety issues, especially tool use and OSHA standards. Sustainable, energy efficient green building practices are infused into all course curriculum. Lecture: 2 hours per week Lab: 2 hours per week
Prerequisites: Carpentry program students must first complete CARP-141 and CARP-142 or present transcripted post-secondary articulation credits. CARP-144 is open to the campus and community at large with no prerequisites with instructor permission and depending on available class space.
Corequisites: CARP-143 CARP-145 CARP-146 CARP-147

CARP-145

All Things Concrete

Credit(s): 2

This course is a half-semester course designed to impart knowledge about the characteristics of concrete as a building material, and its many forms and uses in construction. Concrete's chemical composition, specific terminology, estimating methods and common related building codes are thoroughly covered. Aspects of site preparation, including soils and excavation knowledge, are also covered. This course is intended to give students the skills and knowledge to construct standard forms for footings, foundation stem walls, flatwork and stairs. Skills and methods taught in class are practiced as students construct the required concrete forms and then place the concrete for NIC's annual Really Big Raffle house as part of CARP-147, Residential Construction Lab I. Also covered are concrete's related products, including code required steel reinforcement, concrete masonry units (CMU's), insulated concrete forms (ICF's), and decorative concrete products such as stamped and colored concrete, manufactured stone veneers, bricks, blocks, and others. Course curriculum is delivered through classroom lecture, independent student research, class field trips and cogent internet websites on the carpentry classroom's big screen. Lecture: 4 hours per week Recommend: CARP-143 CARP-144
Prerequisites: Complete CARP-141 and CARP-142 with a minimum grade of C-.
Corequisites: CARP-147

CARP-146

Framing Applications

Credit(s): 2

Students will learn how to frame a residential structure from the foundation to the roof. Framing terminology, dimensional and manufactured lumber, floor frame systems, wall framing, roof framing, and truss systems are fully covered. A special construction calculator is required and used to determine and lay out walls, rafter cuts, and stairs. Advanced green framing techniques are explored and emphasized. Classroom topics include applicable building codes pertaining to framing, an array of available fastener systems, commercial metal stud framing, balloon framing, post and beam framing, sustainable green building practices, and the latest and greatest in construction methods. Skills, methods, and techniques taught in the classroom are practiced on NIC's annual "Really Big Raffle" house as a part of CARP-147 - Construction Methods Lab I. Lecture: 2 hours per week Lab: 4 hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete CARP-141, CARP-142, and CARP-145 with a minimum grade of C- or instructor permission.
Corequisites: CARP-143 CARP-144 CARP-147

CARP-147

Construction Methods Lab I

Credit(s): 5

This course is a semester-long, on-site, hands-on laboratory application of all student learning outcomes from previous and corequisite carpentry courses. There is heavy and frequent tool and equipment use, climbing of scaffolds and ladders, caring for lumber and other building materials and working in any kind of weather. Safety issues and OSHA standards are daily course curriculum fare. The bulk of student activity is directed toward building NIC's annual Really Big Raffle house, with time made for other smaller projects and side jobs benefitting the NIC campus and the local Coeur d'Alene community. Work is most often completed by small groups of students using their own basic tools with ample opportunity for both leadership and team player roles. Emphasis is placed on real-world construction industry demands for critical thinking, problem solving, positive work ethic and teamwork. Carpentry students work alongside the other hired professional subcontractors also working on the raffle house through its construction stages, starting with site preparation and excavation, through concrete footings and foundation, ending the term with a framed house. Lab: 10 hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete CARP-141 and CARP-142 with a minimum grade of C- or instructor permission.
Corequisites: CARP-143 CARP-144 CARP-145 CARP-146

CARP-154

Building Science

Credit(s): 3

CARP-154 is a lecture/lab combination course that considers and studies building structures as complete systems that can be built to perform predictably. Classroom time will cover issues surrounding building science, including but not limited to types and strengths of construction materials, insulation, ventilation, rating and testing programs for building sustainability and livability and "green" building best practices. Special attention is paid to required codes and construction techniques as they apply to the carpentry program's class project, NIC's annual "Really Big Raffle" house. The laboratory component of CARP-154 will reinforce classroom building science theory with activities that center around completing the building envelope, including siding and window installation, air-infiltration sealing, and making way for professional subcontractors hired to complete the main house systems. Students will have ample opportunity to plan, observe and participate in all testing and inspection procedures, as well as work alongside the hired subs as the "building science" specific to the raffle house progresses. Classroom topics will closely precede/follow the actual activities and projects at the project house. Note: This course is open to all students with instructor permission.
Corequisites: CARP-155 CARP-156 CARP-157 CARP-158

CARP-155

Construction Materials and Methods II

Credit(s): 3

This course covers the broad range of both current and timeless construction materials and methods introduced in CARP-144. Emphasis remains on problem solving, tool savvy and building techniques directly applicable to carpentry work on a construction site, but now especially as it relates to interior and exterior finish work, and building science topics. Classroom curriculum includes text and special calculators, classroom lecture, after-class research and assignments, field trips, on-line research, and visitors from the community and industry. Laboratory time continues to primarily consist of building, but especially finishing, NIC's annual "Really Big Raffle" house. Other projects around the NIC campus and local Coeur d'Alene community are added as time permits. Special attention is given to construction safety issues, especially tool use and OSHA standards. Sustainable, energy efficient green building practices are infused into all course curriculum. Lecture: 2 hours per week Lab: 2 hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete CARP-143, CARP-144, CARP-145, and CARP-147 with a minimum grade of C-.
Corequisites: CARP-154 CARP-156 CARP-157 CARP-158

CARP-156

Exterior Finish Carpentry

Credit(s): 2

CARP-156 is a lecture/lab combination class that applies exterior building finish theory from other or previous CARP courses (CARP-155 and entire first semester carpentry classes), directing students' mental and physical efforts at the program project "Really Big Raffle" house. Class time will deal with which and how much specific exterior building materials will be bought and how the class will install them. Particular emphasis will be placed on applicable codes and covenants, strong building science and the most current best construction practices. Main theory and activities include closing the building envelope, siding and window installation, roofing, exterior trim, concrete flatwork prep, decks and whatever else is required to complete the project house's exterior, making it ready for the painter (hired subcontractor) and the "Really Big Raffle." Lecture: 2 hours per week Lab: 4 hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete CARP-143, CARP-144, CARP-145, CARP-146, and CARP-147 with a minimum grade of C-.
Corequisites: CARP-154 CARP-155 CARP-157 CARP-158

CARP-157

Interior Finish Carpentry

Credit(s): 2

CARP-157 is a lecture/lab combination class that applies interior building finish theory from other or previous CARP courses (CARP-155 and entire first semester carpentry classes), directing students' mental and physical efforts at the the program project "Really Big Raffle" house. Class time will deal with which, and how much, specific interior finish materials will be bought and how the class will install them. Particular emphasis will be placed on applicable codes and covenants, strong building science and the most current best construction practices. Main theory and activities include prepping for sheetrock installation and painting (by others), learning about multiple construction trim tools and methods, hanging and trimming all doors, observe/assist the cabinet installation, lay out and construct stairs as well as whatever else is required to complete the project house's interior making it ready for the painter (hired subcontractor) and the "Really Big Raffle." Lecture: 2 hours per week Lab: 4 hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete CARP-143, CARP-144, CARP-145, CARP-146, and CARP-147 with a minimum grade of C-.
Corequisites: CARP-154 CARP-155 CARP-156 CARP-158

CARP-158

Construction Methods Lab II

Credit(s): 5

This course is a semester long, on-site, hands-on laboratory application of all student learning outcomes from previous and corequisite carpentry courses. There is heavy and frequent tool and equipment use, climbing of scaffolds and ladders, caring for lumber and other building materials, and working in any kind of weather. Safety issues and OSHA standards are practiced daily. Students will be completing construction of NIC's annual "Really Big Raffle" house, with time made for other smaller projects and side jobs benefiting the NIC campus and the local Coeur d'Alene community. Work is completed by individual and small groups of students using their own basic tools and ample opportunity for both leadership and team player roles. Emphasis is placed on real-world construction industry demands for critical thinking, problem solving, positive work ethic, and teamwork. Carpentry students work alongside hired professional subcontractors through the project house's finishing construction stages, starting with final "pick-up" framing early in the spring semester. This relationship continues through siding, exterior finishing, interior door hanging and trimming. The term ends with a completed house ready for the "Really Big Raffle" raffle. Lab: 10 hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete CARP-143, CARP-144, CARP-145, CARP-146, and CARP-147 with a minimum grade of C-.
Corequisites: CARP-154 CARP-155 CARP-156 CARP-157

CARP-251

Carpentry Management I

Credit(s): 4

This course consists of weekly theory and field study. Students will obtain experience in planning and management of various construction projects that are part of the program's laboratory curriculum. Cost and materials estimating, advanced math concepts applied to construction projects, worksite issues/ethics, advanced communication skills, and construction scheduling and estimating are applied under supervision. In addition, advanced specialty construction skills will be addressed according to student's individual preferences. Weekly seminars will provide opportunities for students to share experiences, debrief, and obtain faculty assistance in applying theory concepts to field experience. Lecture/Lab: 35 hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete CARP-151, CARP-151L, CARP-152, CARP-152L, CARP-153, and CARP-153L with a minimum grade of C-.

CARP-252

Carpentry Management II

Credit(s): 4

This course provides students with opportunities to further their skills in advanced carpentry techniques and to advance their supervisory skills through on-site supervision of students in the first-year Carpentry program. Students will continue to meet weekly to share experiences, debrief, and obtain faculty assistance in applying theory concepts to field experience. During their supervised experience, students will be evaluated on their performance of program outcomes. Lecture/Lab: 35 hours per week
Prerequisites: Take CARP-151, CARP-151L, CARP-152, CARP-152L, CARP-153, CARP-153L, CARP-251; Minimum grade C-.