Train with a Pro
Spanish Subtitles Available
9 In-depth Lessons
Certificate of Completion
9 Video Lessons · 2H 39M
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
9. Setting Up Your Tool Bag
Jordan wraps up the course with his thoughts on choosing a tool belt and tool bag.
Who it's for: This course is for those beginning in the trades.
How to use a tape measure
How to mark with a chalk line
How to decide which hammer to use
Using screwdrivers and wrenches
Using pliers, clamps, chisels
Using a caulk gun
CEO of Smith House Company
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.
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What is MT Copeland?
MT Copeland helps you further your career in the building industry with expert-led online education that will make you a better, smarter tradesperson.
Our training courses give you a foundation in construction fundamentals and trade skills with real-world applications and best practices to help you grow on the job.
What do courses include?
Online courses include professionally produced videos taught by leaders in the trades and supplementary learning material such as quizzes, assessments and downloadable materials to help you acquire new skills. Watch anywhere, always at your own pace. We keep lesson videos short so they’re easy to watch after work or on your lunch break. You can finish a course in one sitting, or space it out over a week or two.
How does the 30-day guarantee work?
If you’re not happy with a course, let us know within 30 days for a full refund. Our goal is to provide maximum value for your career. If we haven’t delivered on that promise, let us know.
Can you learn with MT Copeland outside of the u.s.?
Yes! You can take MT Copeland courses from anywhere in the world. Our courses are online, so if you have access to the Internet, you can watch our training videos. Courses are taught in English, with English captions and Spanish subtitles available.
Where did the name MT Copeland come from?
MT Copeland was named after a legendary educator who promoted the idea that training in a specific trade paired with a knowledge of general business principles opens up a whole new world of career possibilities. We believe in the same powerful combination of skills and knowledge.