The erection of frame structures has been an important responsibility of Army engineers since Washington's
day. Large-scale operations of recent times conducted in relatively undeveloped areas such as the Pacific region in
World War II, Korea, and Vietnam resulted in the expenditure of tremendous effort on frame structures. This
experience, plus the threat of nuclear conflict and the need for frame buildings in nonwar situations, makes it highly
likely that you, as an engineer, will, from time to time, be responsible for some phase of this kind of construction.
The objective of this subcourse is to provide you with the fundamentals of planning and supervising the
construction of frame structures which comprise the basic type of building in a theater of operations. It will also
orient you in the fundamentals of construction print reading. You will learn about building layout procedures;
framing details of substructures, superstructures, and roofs; kinds and properties of timber; and planning and
estimating material and labor requirements for frame construction. Emphasis is on simplified theater-of-operations
construction. However, some details of conventional construction are also included for use as a general guide and
for use in rehabilitation and repair of existing structures.
The subcourse consists of five lessons and an examination divided as follows:
Construction Print Reading - Building Layout and Substructures.
Superstructures - Framing.
Construction Methods and Standards - Planning Estimates.
Fourteen credit hours are allowed for the Subcourse.
You will not be limited as to the number of hours you may spend on the subcourse, the solution to any lesson or
The format of this subcourse has been changed to facilitate student self-pacing and to eliminate the necessity of
submitting to the USAES each lesson answer sheet for grading. Each lesson in this subcourse is followed by a
number of Self Test questions and exercises designed for a review of that lesson. After completing study of the
lesson, you should answer the questions in the space provided below each, then turn to the back of the subcourse
booklet where the correct answers to the Self Test have been included. A comparison of your answers with those
given in the back of the subcourse will indicate your knowledge and understanding of the material presented. When
you have completed all lessons to your satisfaction, complete and forward the Examination answer card which you
will find in the subcourse packet. The grade you receive on the examination is your grade for the subcourse.