General Academics 2020-01-30T16:23:45-05:00

General Academics

Williamson takes a unique approach to occupational education. Over the course of three years, students receive a broad education that includes study of trade and technical theory in the classroom and realistic work projects. Students also receive academic instruction that is designed to contribute to their career success. This well-rounded training is intended to provide graduates with the skills necessary for success in a wide variety of career options, from positions in the trade and technical fields to employment as small business owners.

Core Courses

Blueprint Reading

General-AcademicsBLPR 111 Mechanical Blueprint Reading (.5 credit) Teaches Machine Shop students to read and understand various styles of mechanical drawings and blueprints and to interpret drawings in relation to basic information provided so that possible errors or omissions can be corrected before proceeding on work assignments. Develops ability to recognize standard graphic symbols dealing with machine threads, tolerance allowances, and the various styles of dimensioning used in the industry.

BLPR 112 Power Plant Blueprint Reading I (.5 credit) Using the drawings of equipment and flow diagrams in the Williamson power plant, instructs power plant technology students in reading and understanding the different styles of drafting used in piping or electrical drawings and the symbols used to represent various fittings, valves, and pipe sizes.

BLPR 113 Architectural Blueprint Reading (.5 credit) Acquaints building trade students with the different styles of residential and commercial construc- tion and the symbols used to represent various construction materials. Also offers additional practice in reading specifications and making cost estimates from blueprints.

BLPR 114 Structural Blueprint Reading (.5 credit) Paint Shop students learn to read floor plans and elevation drawings of residential homes to calculate area to be painted or wallpapered. Also provides training in reading specifications to properly complete individual assignments.

BLPR 123 Power Plant Blueprint Reading II (.5 credit) Using drawings from actual power plants and refineries, instructs power plant technology students in reading and understanding the different styles of drafting. Continues to provide familiarization and practice in reading specifications, interpreting bills of materials, and estimating costs from blueprints.

BLPR 241 Advanced Mechanical Blueprint Reading (.5 credit) Further develops ability to recognize standard graphic symbols dealing with machine threads, tolerance allowances, and the various styles of dimensioning used in the industry along with reading finishes and material requirements.


BUSN 102 Introduction to Business (3 credits)  Introduces students to the business world, emphasizing the terminology used in business. Explores the events and economic conditions that affect business. Discusses business in a global environment, the various forms of business, the social responsibility of business, and the functions of accounting, marketing, management, and human resource management. Also explores the role of technology in business.

BUSN 241 Foremanship and Supervision (3 credits)  Prepares students to become supervisors in a business setting. Includes an overview of the role of supervisors and a detailed look at each of the many jobs they perform.

BUSN 251 Personal Finance (3 credits)  Acquaints the student with a model for personal financial planning as a method for managing his financial resources and improving his life-style by establishing and achieving financial goals. Topics include the American banking system, budgeting, recordkeeping, insurance, basics of investing, and retirement and estate planning.

BUSN 253 Applied Accounting (3 credits)  Provides a detailed exploration of the accounting cycle for service and merchandising firms. Also offers instruction in reconciling bank accounts and maintaining a manual payroll system.


COMM 110 Effective Speaking (3 credits) Teaches students the principles of articulate speaking through familiarization with concepts and mechanics of spoken communication and through practical usage. Develops understanding of speech processing, speech-building (including research), speech delivery, non-verbal communication, self and peer-evaluation, problem solving, and terminology associated with the physical act of speaking. Provides instruction in the successful performance of six types of speeches (memorized passage, impromptu, extemporaneous, demonstrative, persuasive, and informative). Includes study of the founder’s history.

COMM 120 Basic Writing (3 credits)  Provides instruction in the fundamentals of English composition, including writing summaries, narratives, instructional analysis, descriptive prose, extended definitions, and a research paper reflecting a single point of view on a controversial topic.

COMM 230 Writing for Business and Industry (3 credits)  Focuses on the special needs for written communication skills in the business world. Familiarizes students with various forms of technical writing and allows students practice in a wide variety of formats they may encounter in a business or technical setting.

COMM 240 Speech Communications (3 credits)  Offers advanced study of communication based on intrapersonal and interpersonal skills needed in the workplace. Emphasis is placed on listening, conflict management, customer relations, group dynamics, decision-making, and problem-solving skills.

COMM 250 Resume Writing and Interviewing (1 credit)  Prepares third-year students to conduct effective job searches and to maximize opportunities for obtaining the best possible employment upon graduation. Includes preparation of cover letters, resumes, and applications, as well as proper conduct in an employment interview. At the end of the course, each student is expected to have a complete dossier and be thoroughly prepared to find a full-time job in his chosen field.

Computer Technology

CPTR 110 Computer Applications (1.5 credits) Introduces the use and operation of microcomputers for home, educational, business, and industrial applications. Emphasizes developing skills with the Windows versions of Microsoft Office and other Windows programs. Students will learn word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications that operate within the Windows environment. Students will progress from the fundamental components of a computer system to maintenance and care of Windows based computers.

CPTR 130 Introduction to Computer-Aided Design (1.5 credits) Familiarizes students with computer-aided design (CAD) software and assists in developing the skills and knowledge required to operate a CAD system. Requires completion of a series of drafting assignments.

CPTR 241 Advanced CAD in Machine Tool Technology I (1.5 credits) Provides additional training and practice in the use of CAD, requiring progressively more complex drawing assignments. Covers entering pertinent data for drawings, using relative and absolute coordinates, employing keyboard digitizing or pointing devices, sending drawing commands to a plotter, and producing a hard copy.

CPTR 250 Computer-Aided Design Applications (1.5 credits) Provides additional training and practice in the use of CAD, using progressively more complex drawing assignments in drafting assignments. Covers entering pertinent data for drawings, using relative and absolute coordinates, employing keyboard digitizing or pointing devices, sending drawing commands to a plotter, and producing a hard copy.

CPTR 251 Advanced CAD in Machine Tool Technology II (1.5 credits) Provides an overview of parametric solid modeling software for mechanical applications using SolidWorks. Students learn to use sketch planes to create 3-D solid models, add features, and build complexity into their models.

CPTR 261 Advanced CAD in Machine Tool Technology III (1.5 credits) Provides an overview of how to create detailed drawings of parametric solid models based on current ASME Y14.5 standards. Students will build assembles from multiple part files and create detailed drawings from the assemblies.


DRFT 110 General Drafting (1.5 credits) Introduces basic concepts and drawing skills used in all trades, including sketching freehand and with tools, manual drafting, orthographics, isometric and oblique drawings, using a scale, drawing to various scales, and solving geometric problems in drafting. Includes definition of the respective roles of engineers, designers, and draftsmen.

DRFT 221 Mechanical Drafting and Sketching (1.5 credits) Continues drafting instruction provided in DRFT 110. Develops the ability, much needed by the real-world machinist, to take verbal instruction and develop an accurate sketch. Also develops the ability to take an actual part and develop a sketch for use in real-world machining situations.

DRFT 223 Architectural Drafting and Sketching (1.5 credits) Masonry and carpentry students develop the ability to illustrate with drawings, using the appropriate scale and details necessary for building residential homes, including foundations, footings, framing, roof sections, stairs, windows, and door details.

DRFT 224 Power Plant Drafting and Sketching (1.5 credits) Using knowledge from BLPR 112, instructs power plant student in the drawing of sectional views, single-line and isometric piping diagrams, elevations, and spool drawings.

DRFT 231 Mechanical Drafting I (1.5 credits) Machine shop students learn to draw sectional views, primary and secondary auxiliary views, and welding symbols. Students also become familiar with isometrics and other pictorial drawings.

DRFT 234 Structural Drafting and Sketching (1.5 credits) Provides training in drawing elevations of a residential home. Also offers instruction in drawing welding and structural steel symbols using various professional templates.

DRFT 235 Horticultural Drafting (1.5 credits) Provides training in drawing plot plans to a scale and calculating acreage. Covers drawing buildings, driveways, garages, and sidewalks to scale. Uses such drawings as tracing templates to develop base maps from site plans.

DRFT 241 Mechanical Drafting II (1.5 credits) Instructs Machine Shop students in the use of reference materials for completing sets of working drawings, threads, fastening devices, precision dimensioning, gears, cams, and other related shop projects. Develops the knowledge necessary for specifying types of materials, finishes, and tolerances. Also offers an introduction to metric dimensioning.


HMAN 100 Fundamental Program Skills (.5 credit) Provides instruction in practical study skills, including the SQ4R study method, note-taking, time management, problem solving, test taking, dictionary use, research techniques, vocabulary, and reading for comprehension.

HMAN 120 Personal and Business Ethics (3 credits) Offers a philosophical study of moral values, including rational approaches to life and how to treat others. Seeks to clarify and critically assess moral ideas with the goal of refining and enriching moral experience and judgment. Also explores how concepts of human good relate to business activities, and evaluates contemporary business practices.

HMAN 150 Spanish for the Trades (1.5 credits) Introduces students to basic Spanish usage and vocabulary relevant to their trade. Course emphasizes practical and interactive communication skills.

HMAN 160 Advanced Spanish for the Trades (1.5 credits) Continues instruction in basic Spanish usage and vocabulary relevant to the student’s trade. Continues emphasis on practical and interactive communication skills.


MATH 080 Applied Mathematics I (0 credits) Provides instruction in calculator operation; scientific notation; rounding numbers; fractions, decimals, and percents; problem-solving techniques; estimating answers; measuring in English and metric units; practical problems with time and rate; signed numbers; and simple algebraic equations.

MATH 090 Applied Mathematics II (0 credits) Provides a comprehensive study of angles and angle measure; plane and solid geometry; algebraic equations using the distributive property; and fractional and decimal equations.

MATH 110 Fundamentals of Technical Mathematics (2 credits) Reviews scientific notation, rounding numbers, fractions, and operations with polynomials and powers. Covers the metric system; equations (including the use of the distributive property and fractional); ratios and proportions; formula evaluation and arrangement; basic right triangle trigonometry; and solution of oblique triangles.

MATH 120 Basic Algebra and Geometry (2 credits) Offers a study of angles and angle measure; triangles; polygons and their areas and perimeters; circles; geometric solids; powers and roots; and products and factoring.

MATH 130 Applied Mathematics III (2 credits) Covers solving problems using ratios and proportions; rearranging and using simple formulas; right triangle trigonometry applications; and oblique triangle applications.

MATH 140 Advanced Algebra I (2 credits) Reviews equations and covers solving and graphing linear and simultaneous equations; further develops ratios, proportions, and formulas, including variation; expands on exponents, negative and zero.

MATH 150 Advanced Algebra II (2 credits) Examines fractional exponents; imaginary and complex numbers; solving irrational equations; checking for extraneous roots; solving and graphing quadratic equations. Reviews complex trigonometric problems as they apply to practical situations in the trades.

MATH 160 Advanced Technical Mathematics (2 credits) Exposes students to approaches on advanced functions, limits, derivatives, anti-derivatives, and integration. Covers applications with algebraic implants, geometric applications, graphical solutions, and areas/volumes under curves.

Physical Science

PSCI 110 Physical Science I—Chemistry (3 credits) Examines measurement using the English and metric systems, with special attention to accuracy and precision and the principles of measuring physical quantities. Also includes matter and energy concepts, simple density and displacement problems, chemical structure, equations and neutralization reactions, solutions, stoichiometry, acids, bases, and salts, using ion theory.

PSCI 120 Physical Science II—Physics (3 credits) Offers an introduction to the study of vector and static equilibrium forces and composition and resolution of parallel forces. Explains and demonstrates applications of friction and center of gravity, mechanics of motion, Newton’s laws, impulse, momentum, gravitation, work power, kinetic and potential energy, and principles of simple machines.

Technical Courses – Construction Technology

CTEC 111 Principles of Construction (1.5 credits) Provides an overview of the building delivery process. Introduces governmental constraints on construction and the concepts of building loads and load resistance. Also introduces thermal properties of materials, air leakage, and water vapor control. Also covers fire-related properties, acoustical properties of materials, and principles of sustainable construction.

CTEC 121 Materials and Systems of Construction I (1.5 credits) Explains soils and foundation systems. Introduces materials for wood construction, including wood light frame construction and structural insulated panels. Gives an overview of structural steel construction and light gauge steel construction. Explains the uses of lime, Portland cement, and concrete in the building process, and provides an overview of brick masonry and the various types of mortars and bond patterns.

CTEC 131 Materials and Systems of Construction II (1.5 credits) Introduces concrete masonry units and stone and glass masonry units. Provides students with an understanding of the building envelope including various exterior wall claddings, glass and glazing systems, roofing, and windows and doors. Also discusses various finishes for floors and ceilings.

CTEC 133 Strength of Materials (2.5 credits) Relates and applies mathematics to the field of machine and/or structural design. Emphasizes the use of formulas rather than their derivation; studies the design of welds, riveted joints, and material sizes; shows how to determine the strength of beams, shafts, columns, and compression members.

CTEC 141 Construction Documents (1.5 credits) Examines common construction documents used by owners/customers in calling for bids, awarding contracts, and eventually monitoring progress of ongoing construction projects, including instructions to bidders, bid forms, general and supplementary conditions, and technical specifications. Assists students in learning to use project manuals supplied by architects, governmental agencies, and professional organizations covering such areas as bidding, contract execution, selection of materials, assignment of equipment, and installation instructions, as well as in gaining familiarity with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) standard forms and the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) index system.

CTEC 151 Structural Design I (1.5 credits) Offers instruction in the basic principles of forces in equilibrium, including forces and stresses, moments and reactions, bending, and shear and bending moments, plus properties of sections. Emphasizes using mathematical formulas to find simple solutions to everyday structural problems.

CTEC 152 Contracts and Construction Management (2.5 credits) Presents a study of the various types of construction contracts; interpretation of contract language; effects of federal, state, and local regulation; preparation of construction schedules; progress monitoring; applications for payment; change orders; record keeping and documentation; and requirements for efficient project operation, management, and successful completion.

CTEC 241 Construction Estimating I (2.5 credits) Develops fundamental construction estimating skills from take-off to bid as applied to residential construction. Includes general conditions, material quantities, concrete, rough carpentry, electrical work, masonry (brick and block), steel, mechanical work, finish applications, and labor. Involves familiarization with formal bids, insurance, and bonds. Students will be expected to identify and use appropriate math formulas, interpret construction plans and specifications, and compile essential data to develop an actual estimate, including summaries and costs by category.

CTEC 242 Construction Safety (2 credits) Covers OSHA liability, general safety, hazard communication, fire, material handling, tools, welding, electricity, scaffolding, fall protection, cranes, heavy equipment, excavation, concrete, ladders and stairways, confined space entry, personal protective equipment, and health hazards. Qualified students will receive the OSHA 30 card at the completion of the course.

CTEC 251 Construction Estimating II (2.5 credits) Develops fundamental construction estimating skills from take-off to bid as applied to commercial construction. Covers the same applications as CTEC 241, and also includes finish carpentry, alteration work, and excavation. Introduces computer estimating software packages as they relate to quantity take-off, pricing out, project scheduling, project budgeting/cost control, progress reporting, and continuous cost accounting. Students will be expected to interpret construction plans and specifications and to compile essential data to develop an actual estimate.

CTEC 261 Structural Design II (1.5 credits) Further develops the study of structural mechanics presented in CTEC 351 as applied to the design and selection of structural components in residential and commercial buildings and provides instruction in the use of tables to size and select structural members based on loads and stresses present. Develops understanding of the flexural design process as related to the design of wood and steel beams and columns, floor and roof systems, concrete footings, and properties of various sections.

Technical Courses – General

HZMA 100 Hazardous Materials (.5 credit) Examines the concepts of hazardous materials, including (as relevant to the student’s particular course of study); OSHA and EPA regulations; MSDS sheets; VOCS; surface preparation methods; proper disposal of waste materials; and self-protection and environmental protection; handling of solvents, cutting oils, fertilizers and pesticides and their carriers, construction sealants and adhesives, high performance compliant coatings, and/or power plant chemicals; the chemistry of paint; regulations on lead and other hazardous materials; spill response procedures; hazardous pipe coverings; the hazards associated with machining different materials; normal cleaning materials and application techniques; and/or the problems of dust from various materials.

METL 150 Metals Survey (.5 credit) Presents basic metal and metallurgical information to seniors in Power Plant and Paint and Coatings Technology. Topics include mechanical and physical properties of metal; production, classification, and recommended uses of steel, cast iron, alloys, stainless steel, and non-ferrous metals; heat treatment; and basic, welding, and powder metallurgy. Includes a foundry and forging seminar.

WELD 131 Introduction to Welding (.5 credit) Provides students with the knowledge and skills required to safely set up and operate oxyacetylene and electric arc welding equipment.

WELD 132 Welding Fundamentals I (1.5 credits) Provides students with the knowledge and skills required to safely set up and operate oxyacetylene and electric arc welding equipment. Provides demonstration in oxyacetylene cutting and heating techniques and electric arc welding of various joint configurations to industry standards.