Monday, September 14, 2020 8:00 AM - Sunday, November 22, 2020 8:00 AM (EDT)

September 14 - November 22

Event Details

Students should expect to spend 3-5 hours per week on course work.

It is important that the student keep up with the class and not fall behind. Course modules will be made available to students on Sunday of each week. Class work must be completed before the following Monday. Students will not be able to work ahead of the class although reading assignments will be made available in advance and posted in the Critical Course Information.

Construction Materials and Processes will run from September 14, 2020 – November 22, 2020. This construction materials and processes online course will give the student an overall understanding of materials and methods. Each week we will study one specific material category, one specific construction process, and an overall construction system. The student will have the opportunity to expand the studies to include materials and processes which are normally encountered by the student in his/her work place. In addition the student is expected to research and report on the session materials and processes with respect to sustainable or “green” construction.

Class Organization and Grading:

The following table lists the learning modules, the maximum point value a student can receive within each module, and the week in which the modules must be finished.


Point Value

By end of week

Learning to Build25


Wood, Lumber, and Wood Products25


Constructing With Wood25


Brick Masonry25


Stone and Concrete Masonry25


Steel and Other Metals25


Concrete the Material25


Concrete Construction25


Roofing and Finishes25


Finishes and Course Wrap up25


Total Points: 250

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this class you should be able to:

  • Be able to recognize quality control procedures for various materials
  • Be familiar with material manufacturing processes
  • Understand the physical limitations of the materials we are studying
  • Understand how the materials we are studying are used in construction
  • Know where to find information about materials when needed
  • Understand the regulatory environment under which materials are manufactured and incorporated into new structures
  • Know the relevant history of each material
  • Know the important aspects of how each material is used in construction processes

Participants will be provided with a text book, that they may keep. Text books will be mailed out prior to class starting. Fundamentals of Building Construction, 7th Edition by Edward Allen and Joseph Iano

Your instructor will be assigned prior to class depending on which section you are in.

Additional Information
Event Contact:
Angela Hendrix
Contact Organization:
General Building Contractors Association | GBCA
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