Fall Construction Skills classes

July 12, 2017 by Anonymous

A skilled construction worker knows more than how to hammer a nail into a piece of wood. You can start learning the skills needed for national certification in various construction trades this fall at Northland Pioneer College’s Show Low, Snowflake, Whiteriver and Holbrook locations.

Ken Wilk demonstrates how to check for plumb framing.
Ken Wilk, right, demonstrates how to check for plumb framing.

Offered in a multi-course environment, the courses provide hands-on and classroom instruction in jobsite layout, an introduction to construction methods, engineering principles, concrete and masonry, framing systems and plan reading. OSHA-10 safety certification and job search and employment skills are also covered. All courses earn National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) national certifications, showing employers you have the skills required to do the job.

  • In Show Low, construction classes meet on Thursday evenings, 5 to 9 p.m., at the NPC Automotive Technology building in the Show Low Industrial Park, 1400 N. Lumberman's Loop.
  • Whiteriver classes meet on Wednesdays, 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the NPC Center, 720 S. Chief.
  • Snowflake classes meet Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Snowflake campus.
  • In Holbrook, construction classes meet in the campus Skills Center weekday mornings, from 8 until 11, and on Monday evenings, from 5 until 9.

For a schedule of classes, visit www.npc.edu/class-schedule, select Fall 2017 and Construction Technology in the search options. Registration is now underway for fall semester classes, which begin the week of August 21 and run through December 8. Sign up at any of NPC's nine locations.

Tuition for each 3-credit course is $216, plus a $45 course fee. There is a $45 media fee per semester for students enrolled in 3 or more credits. A no interest payment plan is available.

NPC Construction students utilize the skills they learn in the classroom on real-world projects, including building a 1200-square-foot house in Holbrook, utility buildings and several tiny homes. Tiny houses, those between 80 and 400 square feet, are growing in popularity worldwide.

Tiny homes use the same framing principles as a full-size structure, notes Ken Wilk, construction program chair and instructor. The smaller structure generally requires fabrication of the roof structure from individual components, rather than from pre-fabricated scissor trusses. “There's a lot of math involved in calculating rafter lengthens, ridge and tail cut angles, and birdsmouth cuts,” explains Wilk.

“This project is the ultimate real-world test of the mathematical skills we have been learning for construction class,” said Valerie Hawkins, a student in an earlier Whiteriver classes.

For more information about NPC Construction classes, see an academic adviser or contact Ken Wilk, (928) 524-7456 or email.

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