Construction Essentials : Emily Griffith Technical College

Construction Essentials

Do you love working with your hands? Do you want to help construct the buildings and infrastructure necessary to keep our cities running? Get started in the construction industry today! 

With the Emily Griffith Construction Essentials program, you’ll gain the foundational skills necessary for entry-level jobs in construction. You’ll get experience and training in three essential construction areas: carpentry, electrical and plumbing. 

You’ll get hands-on practice working with power tools, material handling, construction drawings and more. Plus, you’ll be prepared for two industry recognized certifications, OSHA 10 and Backflow Prevention Certification. 

Convenient classes: We offer both afternoon and evening classes to fit into your schedule.

High-demand career: Construction jobs are in high demand. 

Want more information? Get the Construction Essentials Program Flyer and the Construction Essentials Program Checklist.

What Can I Do with an Emily Griffith Construction Essentials Certificate?

Graduates from Emily Griffith’s Construction Essentials program use their certificate to work in jobs such as the following:

  • General Construction Labor
  • Residential/Commercial Construction
  • Construction Remodeling
  • Carpentry
  • Service Plumber
  • Apprentice Electrician
  • Entry-level Electrical/Mechanical Technician
Skilled Trades
$5,409
Approximate cost. Additional material and book fees may apply


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Course Information

Required Courses

CAR 101 Basic Safety

An overview of safety concerns and procedures in the construction field.

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CAR 102 Hand and Power Tools

Focuses on basic hand and power tools including stationary tools. Emphasizes a hands-on approach to proper and safe use of these tools as it applies to the construction envirorment and is taught in conjunction with a lab or framing class.

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CAR 103 Carpentry Basics

Provides a basic introduction to construction work for all crafts, safety concerns and procedures, and the safety and use of hand and power tools. This course specifically applies to construction work.

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CON 157 NCCER Core

Introduces the fundamentals for all construction trades to include basic construction site safety, introduction to construction math, introduction to power tools, introduction to construction drawings, basic communication skills, basic employability skills, and introduction to material handling. This course is designed as an entry level course for any of the building trades program specialties.

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EIC 104 Basics of Indust. Electricity

Focuses on resistance, current, voltage and power in AC and DC circuits; measurements; computations of series and parallel circuits; circuit analysis; and troubleshooting with basic test equipment.

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EIC 124 Electrical Safety Requirements

Focuses on training that is 100% practical and deals with every important aspect of OSHA's electrical safety-related work practices and how they apply. Teaches the safe installation and maintenance of electrical equipment. Covers the use of personal protective equipment.

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EIC 126 Wiring Methods

Expands and reinforces the electrician’s knowledge of wiring methods as stated in Article 300 and other articles of the National Electrical Code (NEC). Emphasis is placed on proficient use of the NEC to promote interpretation and application of the provisions of the code. This class meets necessary state licensing renewal requirements for professional development in wiring methods.

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EIC 128 Theory and Calculations in NEC

Expands and reinforces the electrician’s knowledge of theory and calculations required in the electrical industry. Emphasis is placed on the different mathematical formulas in determining ampacity. The course provides opportunities to develop correct values based on tables in the National Electric Code (NEC). This class meets necessary state licensing renewal requirements for professional development in theory and calculation methods.

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MAT 102 Skilled Trades/Industrial Math

Provides a review of general mathematics, introductory algebra, systems of measurements, and methods of solving problems related to skilled trades and general industrial repair. It is designed for students in the repair industry. Topics may include algebra, geometry, graphs, measurement, and conversion between various systems of measurement.

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MAT 102 Skilled Trades/Industrial Math

Provides a review of general mathematics, introductory algebra, systems of measurements, and methods of solving problems related to skilled trades and general industrial repair. It is designed for students in the repair industry. Topics may include algebra, geometry, graphs, measurement, and conversion between various systems of measurement.

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OSH 117 10HR OSHA Voluntary Compliance

Provides a 10-Hour OSHA certification course for general industry and participants will review the current OSHA standards contained in 29 CFR 1910. Participants that complete the course will receive a certificate of completion from the United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The course is taught by instructors certified by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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OSH 117 10HR OSHA Voluntary Compliance

Provides a 10-Hour OSHA certification course for general industry and participants will review the current OSHA standards contained in 29 CFR 1910. Participants that complete the course will receive a certificate of completion from the United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The course is taught by instructors certified by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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PLU 100 Introduction to Plumbing

Introduces the student to the plumbing trade and provides the opportunity to learn basic skills needed to work in the plumbing industry. Incorporates classroom and shop activities, enabling the student to work with plastic, copper, steel and cast iron pipe. Focuses on application of common DWV, copper and threaded fittings. Includes job safety and introduction to isometric drawing.

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PLU 101 Piping Skills

Focuses on the installation of common piping materials in plumbing and HVAC/R systems. Covers pipe math, terminology, common piping materials and application, figuring offsets and common pipe joints. Shop projects including pipe support and hanging, center to center measurements and a variety of pipe joining methods are explored.

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PLU 205 Backflow Prevention Cert Training

Examines procedures for the development, implementation, maintenance and enforcement of back-flow prevention practices pursuant to federal and state regulation pertaining to cross-connection control. The information in this course also prepares students to take the back-flow, cross-connection test.

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EMILY’S STORIES


"Come study at Emily Griffith because the teachers are amazing and you will have a great experience."

Chansoth Sen is a recent graduate of our English and Cosmetology programs. Chansoth first moved to the US in 2009 from Cambodia and came to Emily Griffith to improve her English. “My English was very bad when I started school and I was shy when I have to speak,” she explains. 

She worked her way through English classes and then began working on her certificate in Cosmetology. Chansoth worked closely with our ELA and Career Services navigation team to plan and achieve her academic and career goals. She plans to work in a salon to gain experience until she can open her own salon here and in Cambodia. 

Chansoth encourages others to come study at Emily Griffith. “You are never too late to go to school and become who you want to be. If you work hard, you can accomplish all of your goals. Come study at Emily Griffith because the teachers are amazing and you will have a great experience.”

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