Construction Basics

This Construction Basics course was a well-received new addition that was introduced in the Summer of 2021. This is a hands-on course that is for the person wanting to develop some basic, handy, DIY skills. Participants will cover many of the basic work needed around a home or property. Construction Basics include an understanding of power tool usage and safety, framing materials and methods for the interior of a property. The class is customized around the requests of the participants and may include framing, drywalling, grouting, tiling, basic plumbing, and electrical. Participants will gain an understanding and learn to troubleshoot some common property issues. No construction experience is required for this course.

Topics Covered (subject to change based on participant interests)

  • Power Tool Usage and Safety
    • Circular saws, drills, impact drivers, nail guns, miter saws and more
  • Framing Construction
    • Parts of a house frame
    • Floor framing
    • Wall framing
    • Drywall
    • Safety
  • Electrical Construction
    • Understanding electricity in your home
    • Basic household circuits
    • Trouble shooting/li>
    • Safety
  • Plumbing Construction
    • Soldering copper tubing
    • PEX connections
    • PVC/CPVC gluing
    • Toilet repair

Course Info

Cost: $700.00

Hours: 30 hours

Times: 5 PM – 8 PM

Days: Tues & Thursday

Dates: Jan 30 – February 29, 2024 2024 2025 Classes Coming Soon!! (but accepting applications now)

Acceptable Forms of Payment

Personal Pay: Credit/Debit (Visa, MasterCard, American Express), Money Order, Cash.

Company Pay: Company credit card or Company check.

•Checks should be made out to DCTS ADULT & CONTINUING EDUCATION and mailed to 6001 Locust Lane, Harrisburg, PA 17109 or call (717) 652-3170 ext. 7902 to make payment by credit card.


Jan. 30, Feb. 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20 ,22, 27, 29, 2024TBD for 2024 -2025 School Year

If you are interested in this class, please submit an Online Application here.

A Certificate of Completion for the course will only be issued to participants completing a minimum of 80% of the course.

Registration and fee deadline is one week prior to the first class. Individuals are not considered registered with DCTS until payment is made and a completed application is submitted to the Adult & Continuing Education Office. Please call 717-652-3170 ext. 7902 to discuss payment options.

Adult learners must be able to understand, speak, read, and write the English language.

Space is limited so sign up early to confirm your seat.


Due to safety considerations, no one under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be permitted to attend class or be on the premises of Dauphin County Technical School property. It is the discretion of the instructor in making any and all determination and identification of individuals under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This may include prescription drugs if, in the opinion of the instructor the drugs impair the judgment of the participant. Copies of the DCTS Use of Tobacco Policy #222 and Drug and Alcohol Policy #227 are listed below.

*Your signature is required on the registration form to indicate that you have read, understand, and will abide by these policies.


Online Application



The Joint Operating Committee recognizes that tobacco, nicotine, and nicotine delivery products present a health and safety hazard that can have serious consequences for both users and nonusers and the safety and environment of the school. For purposes of this policy, tobacco includes a lighted or unlighted cigarette, cigar, cigarillo, little cigar, pipe, or other smoking product or material and smokeless tobacco in any form including chewing tobacco, snuff, dip, or dissolvable tobacco pieces.[1] For purposes of this policy, nicotine shall mean a product that contains or consists of nicotine in a form that can be ingested by chewing, smoking, inhaling, or through other means. For purposes of this policy, a nicotine delivery product shall mean a product or device used, intended for use, or designed for the purpose of ingesting nicotine or another substance. This definition includes, but is not limited to, any device or associated product used for what is commonly referred to as vaping or juuling.


It is the goal of the Dauphin County Technical School to maintain a drug-free and alcohol-free school environment. In order to further this goal, the Alcohol, Drugs, and Controlled Substances Policy No. 227. A student shall not possess, use, transmit, deliver, sell or be under the influence of any controlled substance. Controlled substances shall be defined as A. All dangerous controlled substances prohibited by law within the meaning of the Controlled Substance, Drug-Device, and Cosmetic Act as amended. B. All over-the-counter medications. C. All alcoholic beverages. D. Any anabolic steroids. E. Any synthetic compound, or any herbal substance sold as an incense, bath salts, or smoking material that mimics the effects of marijuana. F. Any drug paraphernalia. Drug paraphernalia includes equipment, apparatus, and/or gear generally associated with the use/abuse of alcohol, narcotic drugs, and mood-altering chemicals. Examples may include items such as “pot pipes,” cigarette-rolling papers, roach clips, weighing scales, and any other device used to measure, inject, inhale, ingest, package, deliver or facilitate the use, sale, or distribution of a controlled substance. G. All legal or illegal hemp products. H. Volatile solvents or inhalants to include glue and aerosol propellants. I. Any prescription, patent drug, caffeine pills/capsules, epinephrine, or other stimulants except those for which permission for use in school has been granted pursuant to Joint Operating Committee Policy. J. Any look-a-like substance that resembles any item above including any non-controlled substance that in its overall finished dosage appearance is substantially similar in size, shape, color, marking, or packaging to any controlled substance.