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Fall 2020 Offering


Materials, Methods, and Systems of Construction and Construction Blueprint Reading 

 For the students or those wishing to learn basic print reading and increase their knowledge of construction drawings, the term “Blueprint Reading” refers to interpreting and visualizing construction drawings. The function of building systems will be discussed.  Topics include symbols, abbreviations, and scaling of working plans. Actual Construction Prints and Workbook are required as part of this course curriculum and should be purchased separately through the MCCC Library. (See below for description.)  The Construction Prints provide realistic job experience.  The text is equally applicable for students studying estimating or construction management. Introduce yourself to blueprints and the specifications used on construction projects while learning the skills necessary to reference through those documents. 

The Instructor with more than a combined forty-five years of experience in engineering, design, and construction believes that students looking to further their careers are best served using the building block approach wherein industry standards and accepted methodology can be introduced to the student.  Upon successful completion of the course, the Students will be able to “read” and interpret the construction drawings.   

Required Text can be ordered from the Publisher website: G-W PUBLISHERS:  ISBN 978-1-63563-371-9

 “Print Reading for Construction Residential and Commercial” Walter C. Brown  & Daniel P. Dorfmueller 

NCABT-CS020-01 / 3.6 CEU / cost: $720 

Dates Nov 10 - Dec 22           Time 6:30-9:30pm 

Sessions 12                 Instructor Joseph Scillieri, P.E. 

Day TU, TH              NOTES 



These classes are for general contractors who are seeking to advance their careers and become New Jersey State Inspectors for local municipalities. The New Jersey State Department of Community Affairs (DCA) offers tuition reimbursement for qualified applicants. The information below lists the courses Mercer County Community College will offer this term. All course work within a particular discipline must be taken in the appropriate sequence (i.e. RCS, ICS, HHS). For a complete list of the courses offered statewide, see the DCA website at


For hybrid courses that have an online component, students must have a computer with a speaker and microphone and Chrome browser and a valid email address.

Please note: After successfully completing the required courses, contractors also need to pass National Exams. Students that need additional material and training for the national exams or having questions about requirements or textbooks should contact the DCA Licensing Unit 609-984-7820 or go to All UCC courses will use the current New Jersey Uniform Construction Code textbook. Students are responsible for purchasing the required books. 

Building Inspector RCS  (REMOTE)

This course covers the administrative, plan review and inspection requirements for structural, energy, radon, and mechanical systems applicable to Class III structures. Textbook Required: 2018 International Building Code, 2018 International Mechanical Code and the 2018 International Fuel Gas Code.


NCUCC-CS001-01 / 9.0CEU / cost: $938

Dates Sept 15 - Dec 3                 Time 5:30-9:30pm

Sessions     23           Instructor   James Strang

Day    TU, TH                  NOTES:   No class Nov 26


NCUCC-CS001-02 / 9.0CEU / cost: $938

Dates Sept 16 - Dec 2                            Time 5:30-9:30pm

Sessions 23                           Instructor James Strang

Day M,W                              NOTES:


Electrical Inspector ICS  (REMOTE)

This 60-hour course covers system designs, electrical service design and sizing branch circuits, plan review and field inspection. Also systematic plans analysis, material requirements, installation methods, basic inspection, report writing, violation notices, and record-keeping. Uniform Construction Code organization and content, electrical sub code and other related topics.   Textbook required: National Electric Code 2017 NFPA 70.

This is a hybrid course that meets online and in class. The online portion will be discussed in class.


NCUCC-CS003-01 / 6.0 CEU / cost: $660

Dates Sep 9 – Nov 16                 Time 5:30-8:30pm

Sessions     20       Instructor     Scott Borsos

Day    M, W          Notes: Nov 9 field trip to be confirmed



Construction Cost Estimating    

 A successful project is built on the foundation of an accurate and dependable estimate. Knowing the lifetime the maintenance cost of your building, how much It cost to build a specific building type in different locations across the country and globe, and if the estimate from which you are basing a major decision is accurate are all imperative for the building owners, project managers, and facility managers. This course provides the student with the knowledge and tools required in estimating the direct and indirect cost of a project from inception to completion. Students are challenged by problem-solving practices. Learn expert techniques for precise and reliable detail estimating. 

Pre-requisite: “Materials, Methods, and Systems of Construction and Construction Blueprint Reading”  

 Textbook required: Available in college bookstore: RS Means “Building Construction Cost Data”  

Please note: Drawings & Specifications used during the teaching of this course will be the same drawings used for the Blueprint Reading Course.  


Spring 2021