PROPERTY ESSENTIALS: Construction Fundamentals

This Construction Fundamentals 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 Fundamentals 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, plumbing, and basic electrical.   Participants will gain an understanding and learn to troubleshoot some common property issues.  No construction experience is required for this course.

Course Hours:  30

Cost $500 

Construction Essentials

OCT 4, 6, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27, NOV 1, 3, 8, 2021                      4 PM – 7 PM (MON/WED)  

MAR 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, APR 4, & 6, 2022               4PM – 7PM (MON/WED)

Summer 2022 – TBD

Acceptable forms of payment:

Personal Pay: Credit/Debit (We accept Visa, MasterCard & American Express), Money Order, or Cash

Company Pay: Company Credit Card or Company Check

*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, as well as a copy of your current driver’s license, is submitted to the Adult & Continuing Education Office.  Payment can be made by calling our office at (717) 652-3170 ext 7902, Applications and a copy of DL can be emailed to:

*Please include a note on the application describing your skill level and if you have a particular topic of interest.

Construction Fundamentals Curriculum: (Subject to modify based on participant requests)

  • 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
    • Safety
  • Plumbing Construction
    • Soldering copper tubing
    • PEX connections
    • PVC/CPVC gluing
    • Toilet repair

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.

Online Application

Property Essentials_Construction Fundamentals – Printable Info & Registration form


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 judgement 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.



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 stimulant 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.