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Introduction to Hand Tools

Learn to recognize, handle, and safely use the hand tools that are essential to a new construction career. 

Price: $75

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Learn From a Pro

Jordan Smith knows tools: he's built his own successful residential construction business from the ground up, and now he's sharing his knowledge with you.

9 In-Depth Lessons

Videos that clearly demonstrate the construction tools you need in your belt: from hammers and pliers to chalk lines and speed squares. Lessons average around 17 minutes.

Practical Resources

A downloadable book full of tips, summaries, and recommended exercises helps you get real-world practice.

Certificate of Completion

After completing the training and passing the assessments, you will receive a Certificate of Course Completion.  Share with future employers to show your commitment to continuing education.

Lifetime Access

With a course purchase, you have lifetime access to the course.  Take the Hand Tools course anytime, anywhere, as often as you'd like. Our courses are meant to be an ongoing resource for you, no matter where you are in your journey.

Affordable and Convenient

Our online courses are an affordable and convenient way to up-skill.  If you aren't sure you want to make a time and money commitment to colleges and tradeschool, our courses are a way to gain skills in a more flexible and cost-efficient manner.

About Your Instructor

Jordan Smith is the CEO and Founder of Smith House Company, a design+build firm  based in Austin, Texas. He learned to build and weld while working on the farm with his grandad, and after earning a degree in Welding and Materials Engineering, he spent the next 10 years working in the heavy construction building everything from robots to ships to offshore oil rigs before transitioning to residential construction. After spending a couple of years working with industry leading builders in Austin, Jordan and his wife Veronica struck out on their own to form Smith House Co.
Smith House Co. strives to build more beautiful, functional and resilient spaces which are self sustaining and harmonize with their natural surroundings.

Lesson Plan

9 Video Lessons  (2h 40m)


Construction Teacher Teaching Blueprints Class

Lesson 1: Essential Hand Tools

Welcome to the course! Professional builder Jordan Smith gives an overview of the hand tools covered in this training, and talks through his everyday carry from notebook to utility knife.

Architect's Ruler for scales and measurement

Lesson 2: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Jordan gives an overview of the key pieces of personal protective equipment you need on the job site, and some insider tips for using them. Learn about safety glasses, hard hats, and how to put in ear plugs the right way.

How to read title sheets and lesson plans

Lesson 3: Measuring Tools

From tape measures to angle finders to laser levels and spirit levels, learn the tools you need to measure spaces and materials.

How to read floor plans

Lesson 4: Marking Tools

The chalk line is an essential tool for guiding cuts and laying out foundations, floors, and more. Learn how to use a chalk line correctly.

How to read elevations and sections

Lesson 5: Hammering and Pulling

Hammers, sledgehammers, and pry bars, oh my! Jordan compares different types of hammers and tools for driving fasteners, as well as tools for prying them back out again.

How to read details and schedules

Lesson 6: Fastening With Wrenches and Screwdrivers

Jordan provides an overview of the types of screwdrivers and wrenches you'll want to keep nearby on the job.

How to read structural drawings

Lesson 7: How to Grip and Cut

A look at the pliers, clamps, chisels, and cutters that will help you get through any non-specialized workday.

How to read MEP Drawings and Plans

Lesson 8: Adhesives and Caulks

Learn what to look for in a caulk gun, and how to use different cartridges of caulks and construction adhesives. Jordan also shows you the value of a good putty knife for finishing.

Construction Teacher in Blueprints Class

Lesson 9: Setting Up Your Tool Bag

Jordan wraps up the course with his thoughts on choosing a tool belt and tool bag.



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