Residential Design & Construction - 849

Mohawk College Certificate
Courses in this program are delivered face-to-face. Offerings have been suspended until delivery can safely resume.
Student construction worker at a worksite

Provides detailed information on the design and construction of residential buildings. Primarily intended for members of the general public who intend to design, build, or renovate their own residences, but it also has strong appeal for trades-persons who wish to increase their construction knowledge, or for persons seeking employment in the residential construction field. All courses are extremely practical in nature and present current building, framing, drafting, and energy-efficiency methods and techniques in an understandable and effective way.

Note: Employment in some trades requires licenses. This program is not intended to provide such licenses.

View courses available this term under Program of Studies.

You do not need to apply to begin this program, simply ensure you meet the admission requirements (listed on the Admission & Registration tab) and then you may register for any available courses.

Interested in taking a single course? No problem. Provided you have the appropriate prerequisites, these courses can be taken individually or as part of the full program.

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You do not need to apply to begin this program. Start by ensuring you meet the admission requirements listed above and then register for the courses listed in the Program of Studies when they are offered.  Some courses have prerequisites, so please check the Program of Studies for details. Find out how to register for a course.

Financial Assistance Information

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The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the current academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact Continuing Education - Technology and Skills.

Click on the Course number or Course title for more information on each course. 

Visit the Textbooks page for information on ordering your course materials. At the start of each course the instructor will advise of required materials and supplies.

A selection of courses are available each term. Courses that are currently not available (N/A) for registration may be offered in the future – check back frequently.

Mandatory Courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Learn installation of common plumbing systems, lines and fixtures. Study safety practices. Learn to interpret codes,regulations and legislation, select tools equipment and machinery appropriately for projects.Some practical work will be included. Please bring basic tools(pliers,utility knife &screwdrivers) to first class.
Credits: 2
Course description: Guides participants through installation of common electrical circuits and wiring systems. Study safety practices, learn to interpret codes,regulations and legislation, select tools, equipment and machinery appropriately for projects. Some practical work will be included and students should bring basic tools (pliers, utility knife & screwdrivers) to first class.
Credits: 2
Course description: The basic structural elements of residential buildings are introduced in this course. Topics covered include codes, the construction process, and structural systems in wood, concrete, and masonry. Required textbook available from Instructor.
Credits: 3
Course description: Design framing systems used for residential construction. Construct interior walls, exterior walls, roof system, and stairs for a residential dwelling. Use hand and power tools safely and participate in typical layout procedures.
Credits: 3
Course description: Prepare information, select appropriate scales, determine correct presentation and positioning of drawings and details, and draft plans, elevations, sections, schedules and architectural details for the construction drawing set of a typical residential structure.
Credits: 3

Select 1 from the next 2 courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: By the completion of this course, the student will be able to apply energy efficiency design and detailing information to typical residential structures to significantly reduce heating, cooling, and ventilation costs with due regard for cost effectiveness and climatic factors.
Credits: 3
Course description: Practice methods of choosing, setting-up, and installing finish trim carpentry to doors, windows, bases, stairs, cabinets, etc.
Credits: 3

The list of scheduled course offerings for this program is below. Please note that all offerings are subject to change. Not every course is offered every semester, so please consider this schedule when planning your academic path.

Course Code Course Name Fall
(Sep to Dec)
(Jan to Apr)
(May to Aug)
BLDG10091 Residential Plumbing Basics   Classroom  
BLDG10092 Residential Electrical Basics Classroom    
BLDGRE027 Construction Practice-Basic   Classroom  
BLDGRE028 Framing Techniques Classroom   Classroom
TDRWRE030 Residential Drafting     Classroom
BLDGRE031 Energy Efficient Home Design   Classroom  
BLDGRE032 Trim Finishing and Cabinetry     Classroom
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