Construction Essentials : Emily Griffith Technical College

Construction Essentials

With the Emily Griffith Construction Essentials program, you’ll gain the foundational skills necessary for entry-level jobs in construction with 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. We offer both afternoon and evening classes to fit into your schedule.

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

Graduates use their certificate to work jobs such as the following:

  • General Construction Labor
  • Residential/Commercial Construction
  • Construction Remodeling
  • Carpentry
  • Service Plumber
  • Apprentice Electrician
  • Entry-level Electrical/Mechanical Technician

Thinking about applying? Get the program checklist or flyer.

Skilled Trades
$5,592
Approximate cost. Additional material and book fees may apply
9 Months
Part Time
Program length
9/27/2022
Next Start Date
3/16/23
Available Start Dates
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Course Information

Required Courses

Course Code Course Title Credits
CAR 1001 Basic Safety 1
CAR 1002 Hand & Power Tools 1
CAR 1003 Carpentry Basics 4
CON 1057 NCCER Core 5
EIC 1103 Electrical Safety Requirements 1
EIC 1200 Basics of Industrial Electricity 1.5
MAT 1100 Skilled Trades & Industrial Math 2
OSH 1300 10HR OSHA Voluntary Compliance 1
PLU 1000 Intro to Plumbing 4
PLU 1001 Piping Skills 4
PLU 2005 Backflow Prevention Cert Training 3
CAR 1001 Basic Safety

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

Start Date: 04/18/2023
Instructor: Blake Madrid
CAR 1001 Basic Safety

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

Start Date: 04/18/2023
Instructor: Blake Madrid
CAR 1002 Hand & 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.

Start Date: 04/27/2023
Instructor: Blake Madrid
CAR 1002 Hand & 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.

Start Date: 04/27/2023
Instructor: Blake Madrid
CAR 1003 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.

Start Date: 05/09/2023
Instructor: Blake Madrid
CAR 1003 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.

Start Date: 05/09/2023
Instructor: Blake Madrid
CON 1057 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.

Start Date: 09/27/2022
Instructor: Blake Madrid
EIC 1103 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.

Start Date: 06/22/2023
Instructor: Blake Madrid
EIC 1103 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.

Start Date: 06/22/2023
Instructor: Blake Madrid
EIC 1200 Basics of Industrial 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.

Start Date: 07/05/2023
Instructor: Blake Madrid
EIC 1200 Basics of Industrial 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.

Start Date: 07/05/2023
Instructor: Blake Madrid
MAT 1100 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.

Start Date: 03/23/2023
Instructor: Blake Madrid
MAT 1100 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.

Start Date: 03/23/2023
Instructor: Blake Madrid
OSH 1300 10HR OSHA Voluntary Compliance

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.

Start Date: 03/16/2023
Instructor: Blake Madrid
OSH 1300 10HR OSHA Voluntary Compliance

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.

Start Date: 03/16/2023
Instructor: Blake Madrid
PLU 1000 Intro 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.

Start Date: 11/01/2022
Instructor: Blake Madrid
PLU 1001 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.

Start Date: 01/03/2023
Instructor: Blake Madrid
PLU 2005 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.

Start Date: 02/14/2023
Instructor: Blake Madrid
EMILY’S STORIES


“I had to figure out how to organize my life and my family and how to be successful in the U.S.”
— Adnan

In Syria, Adnan studied pharmacology in college and worked as a Pharmaceutical Representative and in medical sales for 7 years. When he first arrived here in Denver, he heard about Emily Griffith and started taking English classes. “One of the challenges I faced upon arriving was getting familiar with new words, new language, new environment, new expectations,” explains Adnan. “I had to figure out how to organize my life and my family and how to be successful in the U.S. It was really expensive in Colorado and a challenge to get a job. I got a job as a driver, but it wasn’t in my field and I didn’t make enough to pay my expenses.”

He says that Tiffany Jaramillo helped him in the CAREERS program and once his English was good enough he worked on getting into the Pharmacy Tech program. “I needed to get my high school diploma from my country, but this was too hard because my country was in the war. I had to get the documents I had translated and then work with the Health Science department to get approved with what I had,” explains Adnan.

The Pharmacy Tech classes have had their own challenges for Adnan. “I had to learn a new vocabulary and medical words. My primary language is Arabic and most of the people in my class speak English,” he says. “Mr. Joe has helped me if I need specific or more help or clarifications. He is a helpful man.”

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