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    Introduction to Building Maintenance

    Entry level course that provides students with the basic hands-on experiences necessary to perform basic building maintenance functions. The curriculum consists of four units of study: Carpentry, Electrical, Plumbing and Janitorial. The course focuses on the use of the basic hand and power tools and the skills needed to assist building maintenance crews in residential and commercial buildings. Students will also be prepared for entry level janitorial services. This course is offered at STEP in Canarsie Brooklyn.

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    Building Maintenance

    This course provides students with the theoretical and hands-on experience necessary to perform entry building maintenance and repair functions. The curriculum consists of four units of study: Carpentry, Electrical, Plumbing and Janitorial. Students will learn entry level skills and the appropriate use of hand and power tools. Students will learn functional skills including: sheetrock installation, finishing and repair, floors and wall tile installation, painting, door and door lock installation and repairs and landscaping.

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    Electrical Installation

    This course is designed to provide students with the necessary skills required to obtain employment as an Electrician’s Helper. Students will learn the basic concepts of electrical theory and basic blueprint drawings with a strong focus on residential and commercial type wiring, to include installing various circuits, conduit bending and threading. Upon completion of this course students can pursue a career with various unions such as the New York City Transit Authority (MTA) and/or the Local 3 IBEW Electrical union or areas in the field of construction.

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    Carpentry

    Students will learn basic carpentry skills, for residential and commercial construction that are applicable in both new construction and renovation/ restoration. Students will learn blueprint reading, proper use of hand and power tools, cabinet making and millwork, green carpentry and residential building framing and finishing. The course includes, trade related math including geometry, measuring and cost estimating.

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    Basic Carpentry

    This course allows students to gain entry level skills into the exciting world of carpentry. Upon completing this course, students will be familiar with all relevant hand tools such as power saws, reciprocating saw, drills, bandsaw, hammer drills, chop saw, jigsaw and nail guns. In addition, students will have the opportunity to construct one bedroom homes. The construction will start from erecting a subfloor to the first floor and sometimes the second floor. Students will learn to build wooden walls, metal walls, install sheetrock, repair sheetrock, apply compound, plaster, prepare walls for painting, and tiling.

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    Plumbing

    This course introduces students to entry-level plumbing. This high demand trade is at the forefront of the construction work force. Students will learn basic skills in preparing; installing and repairing pipes that distribute fresh water and dispose of waste water. Students will gain hands-on knowledge of how to repair and install all things plumbing related that includes but not limited to sinks, toilets, water heaters and hydronic heating systems including heated floors. Students will engage in today’s cutting edge technology that’s applicable in the plumbing field. This course is geared towards numerous FDNY certificates of fitness. Students will be prepared for entry into apprenticeship programs and as a plumber’s help.

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    Solar Electric

    This is a one semester course that prepares students for an entry-level position as a solar photovoltaic (PV) trainee. An entry-level PC trainee has basic knowledge and understanding of all components related to solar PV power generation system and can assist on installs. Within the scope of the course, students will use basic mathematical concepts as a primary tool to develop and analyze electrical circuits. They will be instructed on proper safety procedures used during installation as well as in-depth understanding of electrical schematic diagrams and NEC codes during installation.

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    Welding

    Students will learn how to read blueprints, basic and advance shield metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, oxy fuel cutting, plasma arc cutting and fabrication. This course is geared towards passing the NYS Dept. of Transportation Field Welders Certification Exams and FDNY certificate of Fitness F-60 and G-60. Students will be prepared for positions in local labor union programs as well as immediate employment as a welder.

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    Introduction to Residential Construction

    Entry level course that introduces students to basic carpentry and wiring skills. Students will learn measurement, safety, and the use of hand tools while completing small projects. This course is offered at Truman HS in the Bronx.

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    Residential Construction

    This course covers basic carpentry and electrical installation in the residential setting. Students will learn how to use power tools and gain skills in many aspects of new construction as well as renovation. The electrical portion of the class will cover basic residential wiring and introduction to solar power. This course is geared towards passing some FDNY Certificates of Fitness. Students will be prepared to enter the construction trades as an assistant/ helper. This course is offered at Truman HS in the Bronx.

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