Construction

Associate Degrees

A.S. in Construction, Building Performance and Energy Assessment

The Construction Technology programs at CRC are preparing students for work in new construction, remodel, and energy auditing industries. Course offerings include everything from entry level trades courses, all the way to national certification. Students will train at the college, and at real jobsites. Traditional building practices are covered, but advanced framing techniques, energy efficiency, health and safety, and sustainability are emphasized.

The Construction Pre-Apprenticeship courses focus on new construction, carpentry, and other building trades. Students learn about the tools and techniques used to construct new homes, and gain skills in print reading and layout. They also are introduced to green building methods and materials. Then, the Building Performance and Energy Assessment courses shift that focus to analyzing existing homes. The Weatherization and Building Performance industries are helping families reduce their energy burden, while maintaining comfort and safety. Our students learn the national standards and protocols for energy auditing, combustion appliance safety, and energy modeling. Successful students are prepared to take the national certification exams for building analysts and energy auditors.

Course offerings are intended to promote career ladders for those just entering the industry, as well as industry professionals looking to stay current. There are multiple certificates and degree options, and inter-related disciplines at the college, including Construction Management and Building Inspection technology.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
CONST 130 Construction Pre-Apprenticeship I 6
CONST 131 Construction Pre-Apprenticeship II 7
CONST 103 OSHA 10 Hour Safety Training 1
CONST 160 Introduction to Residential Building Performance 6
CONST 161 Intermediate Residential Building Performance and Energy Auditing 4
CONST 163 Advanced Energy Auditing and Energy Modeling 3
Total Units: 27

The Construction, Building Performance and Energy Assessment Associate in Science (A.S.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See CRC graduation requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • SLO #1 Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of the nature of the construction industry and the career opportunities to choose from.
  • SLO #2 Define the roles that safety plays in the construction and building performance industries.
  • SLO #3 Identify common hand and power tools used in the construction and building performance industries and demonstrate competence in their safe and efficient use.
  • SLO #4 Recognize and interpret various construction drawings in a set of architectural plans.
  • SLO #5 Utilize fundamental building principles to layout and construct residential structures.
  • SLO #6 Understand the principles of Green Building and compare these emerging techniques with traditional production building methods.
  • SLO #7 Perform shell and duct diagnostics, and prescribe measures that can be tested and retested for marked improvement in the energy efficiency of the home.
  • SLO #8 Perform Combustion Appliance Safety Inspections, and communicate their importance to the home's occupants.
  • SLO #9 Use current software applications for the standardized and/or recognized energy modeling, in conjunction with the results from the data collection and your initial test results.

Career Information

Building & Construction Trades person, Four year Apprenticeship, Construction Supervisor, Project Manager, Estimator, General Contractor, Building Inspector, Weatherization Technician, Energy Auditor, Building Performance Contractor, Certified Energy Plans Examiner, HERS rater, Energy Consultant


A.S. in Construction

This program trains students for an industry that is one of the largest employers in the nation. CRC's construction program is designed to provide students with basic and applied technical skills and knowledge necessary for employment in the building and construction industry. Standard construction procedures are emphasized throughout the program.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Articulation agreements for transfer to specific four-year institutions
  • Field trips to a variety of new and existing construction structures for study and appreciation

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
CMT 112 Construction Estimating 3
CMT 120 Legal Aspects of Construction 3
CONST 130 Construction Pre-Apprenticeship I 6
CONST 131 Construction Pre-Apprenticeship II 7
CMT 136 Construction Safety 3
CMT 300 Introduction to Construction Plans and Specifications (3) 3
   or BIT 102 Plan Reading and Non-Structural Plan Review (3)
CMT 310 Materials of Construction 3
CMT 313 Computer Estimating for Construction 3
BIT 100 Introduction to the International Building Code 3
Total Units: 34

The Construction Associate in Science (A.S.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See CRC graduation requirements.

Career Information

Building and Construction Tradesperson; General Contracting; Estimators; Construction Supervisors; Material Salespersons; Building Inspection; Construction Apprenticeship programs. Some career options may require more than two years of college study. Classes beyond the associate degree may be required to fulfill some career options or for preparation for transfer to a university program.

Certificates of Achievement

Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate

This program prepares students for entry into formal apprenticeship programs and other entry level jobs in the building and construction industry.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
CONST 102 Introduction to Construction Practices 4
CONST 103 OSHA 10 Hour Safety Training 1
CONST 105 Rough Carpentry I - Tools, Materials, and Foundations 3
CONST 106 Rough Carpentry II - Floors, Walls, and Roof Framing 3
CONST 107 Rough Carpentry III - Exterior Finishes 3
CONST 108 Finish Carpentry I - Interior Finish 3
Total Units: 17

Enrollment Eligibility

To be eligible for enrollment in the program, the student must meet the following criteria:

  • Students need to be able to lift 50 pounds and be willing to work outside in all weather conditions.
  • Students need to be able and willing to travel to jobsites to build houses and various projects in conjunction with normal class hours.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • PSLO #1. Understand the career opportunities in the construction field including entry level expectations in various sectors, opportunities for an upward mobility, and strategies for career advancement.
  • PSLO #2. Identify and safely operate many of the industry's common hand and power tools
  • PSLO #3. Interpret basic working drawings for residential construction projects, and layout and erect basic floor, wall, and roof assemblies

Career Information

Entry level trades jobs, such as carpenter, electrician, plumber, cement mason. Those jobs can lead to other jobs such as foreman, superintendent, project manager, General contractor, estimator, scheduler, building inspector, safety manager, and even energy auditor.


Construction Certificate

This program prepares students for entry into the building and construction industry as a general tradesperson; and prepares students currently working within the industry for advancement.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
CMT 112 Construction Estimating 3
CONST 130 Construction Pre-Apprenticeship I 6
CONST 131 Construction Pre-Apprenticeship II 7
CMT 136 Construction Safety 3
CMT 300 Introduction to Construction Plans and Specifications (3) 3
   or BIT 102 Plan Reading and Non-Structural Plan Review (3)
CMT 310 Materials of Construction 3
Total Units: 25

Green Buildings Certificate

The purpose of this certificate is to develop job skills and an understanding of green strategies for high performance buildings and livable communities. It is focused at students and professionals in the fields of architecture; construction; building management; construction management; building inspection; design technology; landscape; and planning, who want to acquire a comprehensive knowledge of an integrated, economic life-cycle approach to the design of the built environment. It includes study of green rating systems, material choices and environmental strategies for a livable, sustainable future.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
ARCH 342 Introduction to Green Buildings 3
CMT 310 Materials of Construction 3
A minimum of 12 units from the following: 12
ARCH 332 Design Awareness (3)
ARCH 334 Advanced Design in Three Dimensions (3)
ADT 320 Architectural Design Technology - Building Information Modeling (BIM) I (3)
ADT 322 Architectural Design Technology - Building Information Modeling (BIM) II (3)
BIT 150 California Energy Code – Building Energy Efficiency Standards (3)
CONST 143 Photovoltaic Systems (3)
ECON 306 Environmental Economics (3)
GEOG 302 Environmental Studies & Sustainability (3)
GEOG 305 Global Climate Change (3)
GEOG 306 Weather and Climate (3)
Total Units: 18

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • PSLO 1: Establish meaningful ethical, social and environmental objectives for buildings and communities based on the values of energy and resource conscious design.
  • Compare and contrast societal and economic implications of utilizing renewable and non-renewable energy sources.
  • Compare and contrast the effect of contextual issues and evaluate their impact on energy consumption, environment and the beneficial experience of interior and exterior spaces.
  • PSLO 2: Identify and articulate issues related to the choice of various building, landscape and environmental systems; ideate responsive solutions; and compare the alternatives in making effective, sustainable decisions.
  • Analyze and calculate energy use to make informed, environmentally-sound and economic choices to satisfy human needs for comfort and aesthetics.
  • Explain the concepts of resource conservation and waste reduction and make sustainable design choices related to materials and construction.
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of green rating systems, livable communities strategies and the ability to apply these concepts in decision-making.
  • PSLO 3: Demonstrate independent learning, teamwork and continuing education habits that will help to encourage a life long pursuit of knowledge.
  • To use a team work process to identify issues, analyze criteria, research and apply learned principles to synthesize solutions to specific design projects.
  • To demonstrate habits of visual note making and independent research by developing a sketch and notebook to record learning.

Career Information

This certificate helps to develop the knowledge base related to sustainable green buildings and environments for the careers of architecture, construction, construction management, building inspection, horticulture, landscape architecture and architectural design technology.

Construction, A.S. Degree

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Construction, Certificate of Achievement

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Construction, Pre-Apprenticeship, Certificate of Achievement

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Green Buildings: Environmental Design, Energy Management and Performance Based Construction, Certificate of Proficiency

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