Essential Construction Math
This self-paced class is intended to develop mathematical skills that can be applied to the construction trade through practice and application, and lessons are based on real-world scenarios. While this course is not a required prerequisite for any other construction class, it does provide a foundation for them.
- Use and understand all operations on fractions and decimals that are common to the construction industry
- Convert measurements from fractions to decimals
- Calculate area and volume of various shapes
- Convert measurements from cubic feet to cubic yards
- Measure the volume of concrete footings, slabs, walls, and columns.
- Calculate board feet
- Calculate and measure for basic constructions in wood and concrete
Mathematics for Carpentry and the Construction Trades 3rd Edition
by Alfred P. Webster and Kathryn B. Bright
Class Organization and Grading
For this class it is highly recommended to keep a spiral bound or similar notebook to keep all assignments and notes together. Each week you will be given a lecture, assignment, answers (from the previous assignment) and a quiz. The reading and lecture will be designed to aid in the completion of the homework.
While homework will not be checked, there will be answers posted each week to self-check your progress. There will also be a quiz testing the information from the previous assignments. There will also be two projects to complete, one mid-semester and one at the end of the class. The projects are applications of mathematics to a construction problem.
Graded assignments will consist of one quiz for each module, two case studies and a final quiz.
Grades will be posted on a weekly basis. You will have full access to your grade sheet so you will be able to keep track of how you are doing at all times.
You will be given more information about the grading and other course matters in the Orientation Module.
Access / Completion Time:
10 weeks / 45 hours
Jan 16 - Mar 27, 2023
Apr 10 - Jun 18, 2023
Jun 26 - Sep 3, 2023
Sep 11 - Nov 19, 2023
When you register, you will automatically be enrolled in the next upcoming session. Late course registrations cannot be accepted.
Offered through our partnership with Construction Experts Inc.