Building Trades , Manufacturing , Personal Enrichment

Credit Type: Non-credit Certificate

Credit/NonCrdit: Non-Credit

Length: 12 weeks - 4 years

Frequency: 1 evening a week

Mode of Delivery: Face-to-face

Location: Massanutten Technical Center

Cost: 150.00 - 450.00 per class

Program Contact: Sandy Rinker

Contact Phone: 540-434-5962

Contact Email:



Basic Technical Math presents the topics of arithmetic with whole numbers, common fractions, decimal fractions, percentage, measurement numbers, metric and English unit conversions, scientific notation, operations with exponents, and basic algebra including the use of formulas and equation solving. The course is self-paced utilizing a text/workbook. Students may pre-test to determine their skill level with those meeting the competency level receiving credit for the course.


Concepts of Technology is intended to provide the technical student with a background of basic physical principles applied in modern technology. Topics include: mechanical, thermal, fluidal, and electrical systems and their integration.


This course is designed to aid the student in becoming more competent in his ability to read and interpret trade blueprints. This is accomplished by classroom discussions of the importance of effective communication, neatness, familiarity with construction techniques and related symbols; drafting equipment and materials; and standard procedures and techniques. Skills will also be developed by hands-on use of these learned components in reading a set of construction plans including the relevant architectural views, mechanical, heating, plumbing and electrical plans and associated descriptive text necessary to generate a set of working house plans.


This course presents an overall understanding of the construction industry and the job opportunities available. Students will learn the proper and safe use for hand and power tools essential to the trade. After completing the course, students will be able to identify job side equipment used by carpenters, including scaffolding. Also presented will be the use of levels and transits. During the site layout sessions, students learn to erect batter boards, locate building lines, layout footings, square building lines, and grade stakes.


CARPENTRY II (Residential)

This course covers an introduction to residential construction, concrete foundations, wood foundations, special applications, footing and foundation forms, edge forms, floor and sill framing, wall and ceiling framing, roof framing, special framing, cornices and gable ends, roof finishes exterior walls and trims, windows, exterior doors, insulation, drywall, interior walls and ceilings, interior doors and trim, cabinet installation and special built-ins and floor finishes.


CARPENTRY III (Commercial)

This course covers an introduction to forming, footing forms, edge forms on grade, wall forms, on-grade curb forms, vertical piers and columns, horizontal beam forms, above grade slab systems, fireproof encasement forms, stair forms, bridge deck forms, floor and sill framing, wall and ceiling framing, roof framing, trusses, structural timber construction, fireproof metal stud construction, insulation, drywall, interior walls, ceilings, and trim, exterior doors and hardware, rigging, arc welding and oxyacetylene cutting.



This course is designed to teach how to used AutoCAD, a popular computer-aided drafting package. Step-by-step exercises guide the student from beginning to more advanced levels. Students learn to apply the AutoCAD commands and features needed to create, edit, store and plot drawings.


This course will discuss and demonstrate the importance of understanding and applying Industrial Safety principles and practices in the work environment. This training includes defining and discussing safety concepts, terms, and definitions; recognizing best practices in accident prevention; understanding who is responsible for safety in the workplace and why. You will also learn how to recognize workplace safety hazards and how to deal with them. You will learn how to use specific tools in the workplace, what machine and chemical hazards are and how best to deal with them, and how to properly use personal protective clothing and related to PPE. Participants will also discuss basic OSHA safety rules and regulations and how to apply them to specific workplace safety situations.


This course will explore principles of human relations related to personal and occupational goals. Human relation principles to be explored include the following: team skills, creative thinking, communications, goal setting, conflict management, and self-image.


In this course, students will focus on communication as a survival skill in the workplace. We will learn how effective communication makes us better employees, employers, and co-workers. We will study and practice the skills of oral and written communication. The goal of this course is to make students more perceptive and skillful speakers, listeners, readers, and writers.


This course is designed to introduce the student to the basics of a PC computer. Topics covered will include: Computer Hardware and Background (first session); Windows Basics (three sessions); a look at the four main areas of software (word processing, electronic spreadsheets, data-base, and presentations used in Business and Industry).


This course is designed for the prospective supervisor to develop the skills necessary to apply the principles of effective supervision on the job. The course covers the four functions of the management cycle which include planning, organizing, directing, and controlling. It provides insight to employee behavior and shows how to boost productivity, communicate more efficiently, handle problems, make right decisions, and reduce cost.

Provider Information

Massanutten Technical Center

325 Pleasant Valley Road
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801