Construction Management

Program Overview:

The Construction Management Program at CTEC is a year-long class where students use concepts of carpentry and construction management to build a house. The course emphasizes carpentry skills, but touches on all aspects of residential construction. This course covers math and other academic skills, but the students are also working in the shop or on the jobsite every day. This is a hands-on, working class.

Students are expected to maintain their own personal tools and equipment, and work every day to complete the project. Along the way, the students will have opportunities to work with professionals in a variety of construction specialties. This class also participates in SkillsUSA, which is a student organization that emphasizes career skills and readiness. Students may also choose to receive concurrent enrollment credit from Salt Lake Community College.

Course Descriptions:

For Concurrent Enrollment Classes see Appendix. 

Construction Trades Foundation: A course that generally prepares individuals in the following areas: basic safety, introduction to blueprint reading, introduction to power tools, introduction to hand tools, and introduction to construction math. It also includes an industry overview, what to expect on the job, and specific career opportunities.

CMGT 1320 Building Construction 1 / Carpentry 1: Students will learn the concepts of footings, foundations and flat work. Green build and traditional techniques will be taught. Students will lay out and construct floors, exterior and interior walls, be introduced to metal stud framing, and hang exterior doors and windows. Students will learn how to install, tape, and mud drywall. Sophisticated methods used to maintain a tight building envelope will be used. Stair and roof construction will be introduced.

CMGT 1330 Interiors Finishes / Carpentry 2: This course covers materials and selection that support the responsible use of natural resources. Subjects include hanging doors, installing base, casing, stair treads, skirts, and closet organizers. Installation of hardwood floors, handrails and stair caps will be taught. Students will also be introduced to the basics of installing tile floors and shower walls. Students will be taught how to install doorknobs and residential hardware.

Carpentry 2: An advanced carpentry program with a sequence of courses that prepares individuals to layout, fabricate, erect, install, and repair wooden structures and fixtures using hand and power tools. Includes advanced instruction in common systems of framing, construction materials, estimating, blueprint reading, concrete placing, siding, and mechanical systems. These courses are based on the current National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) task list.


Career Possibilities:

  • Construction
  • Rough Carpenter
  • Finish Carpenter
  • Roofer
  • Drywall Installer and Finisher
  • Civil Engineer
  • Structural Engineer
  • Soil Engineer
  • General Contractor
  • Remodeling Contractor
  • Siding Installer
  • Cement Finisher
  • Construction Management
  • Superintendent Project Manager
  • Architect
  • Draftsman

Additional Details:

High School Credit:
CTE credit or elective credit: Up to 4 credits 

Concurrent Credit:
Up to 8 college credits. Student is responsible to register and pay for concurrent enrollment classes at SLCC.

Additional Opportunities:
Students may experience youth leadership and service through SkillsUSA. 

Skills Certification:
Utah State Skills Certificate Test 

Physical ability to be able to lift at least 30 lbs. Ability to understand and follow safety procedures. Be able to use power and pneumatic tools safely. Drawing and design skills would be helpful.


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