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residential remodeling technology (RMDL)
RMDL 106 (3 credits)
Hand Tools and Power Tools

This course is a general introduction to the basic tools that
are used by a carpenter with an emphasis on safety, proper
usage and procedures, and various applications that are
most commonly used in the carpentry trades.

RMDL 111 (3 credits)
Building Materials

This course covers the wide range of building materials
used in carpentry, from the many different types of wood
products used to the newest technology of steel framing.
Proper procedures for estimating these building materials to
the variety of fastening methods are also covered. Building
anatomy from the 1940s and prior up to and including
present is discussed.

CARP 116 (3 credits)
Building Site and Foundations

In this course, students learn how to set up and operate
the transit level and laser level. Building layout and
excavation of residential construction will be explained, with
particular emphasis on building stake-off. Types of footers,
foundations, and concrete forming are also explored.
Students will be challenged to practice proper building site
layout, constructing concrete stair and sidewalk forms, and
installing the form-a-drain system.

CARP 182 (3 credits)
Blueprint Reading

In this course students will learn the proper techniques
necessary to dissect a set of residential blueprints
and develop a broad understanding of the language of
construction drawings. We will also become involved in
duplicating, through the process of mechanical architectural
drafting, a few select detailed residential section drawings,
with each having different drafting scales.

CARP 157 (3 credits)
Floor, Wall, and Ceiling Framing

With a strong emphasis on platform framing, students
will examine and demonstrate the proper methods of
constructing subfloors, walls, and ceilings in the framework
of residential and light commercial construction. This
includes discussing the basic components and construction
methods of light-gauge steel framing.

CARP 161 (2 credits)
Stair Construction and Remodeling

Students learn the different types of stairways and all parts
pertaining to them. They also learn how to calculate, lay out,
and construct stairway stringers with their proper landings,
risers, treads, and railings.

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CARP 166 (3 credits)
Roofing and Exterior Finishes

The different types of roof systems and all the material
members that are involved in the different roof types are
discussed. Students learn theoretically how to calculate
rafters to fit their proper situations and practice laying out
and cutting common and hip rafters. In addition, students
are introduced to various exterior finishing with a focus on
vinyl siding.

CARP 177 (3 credits)
Exterior and Interior Finish

In this course, students will study and practice installing
various types of exterior and interior finish material for
residential construction. For exterior finish, we will give
special attention to the proper installation procedures for:
roofing; siding; soffit; windows and doors; and aluminum
trim. For interior finish, strong emphasis will be placed on
proper techniques for: hanging drywall; installing prehung
doors and door trim; applying trim around a window unit;
and other common trim materials.

RMDL 205 (2 credits)
Remodeling Drafting and Design

This course covers the principles of drafting and design
for remodeling purposes. Particular emphasis be placed
on documenting the existing structure where it meets the
new construction, including kitchens, baths, utilities, and
all mechanicals. Create sketches and working drawings
that follow design constraints and a systematic renovation
sequence.
Prerequisite: CARP 182

RMDL 210 (2 credits)
Demolition and Stabilization

This course covers the principles of proper techniques
used for demolition and stabilizing structures during the
remodeling process. It covers the safe use of tools and
equipment and salvaging existing materials for reuse.
Prerequisite: CARP 156

RMDL 215 (2 credits)
Estimating and Scheduling

This course covers the principles of fundamental estimating
and scheduling skills. Microsoft Excel® is used to establish
estimating and scheduling procedures associated with
a remodeling project. Cross-disciplinary estimating and
inspection processes that will be necessary during the
project are both addressed.
Prerequisites: CARP 111 and CIS 111



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