Construction

Construction (CONST)

CONST 102 Introduction to Construction Practices

  • Units:4
  • Hours:54 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course provides students with in-depth analysis of the organization and structure of the construction industry and the many career choices the industry offers. Many of the construction trades are represented, with formal apprenticeship opportunities highlighted. The emerging "Green Building" jobs will be examined, as well as other topics in sustainability. Guest speakers and field trips provide the students a wide view of the expectations of entry-level work, wages, benefits, and work place culture. The curriculum also emphasizes job site safety, practical working knowledge of tool and equipment use, an introduction to blueprints, and an overview of industry math.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO #1: Define the roles that safety plays in the construction industry.
  • Predict and evaluate some of the common safety hazards on construction sites.
  • Identify and operate various hand tools of the construction industry.
  • Define the purpose of OSHA and their regulations for the construction industry.
  • SLO #2: Comprehend and value the connection of the fundamental math skills required to lay out, build, and communicate in the construction industry.
  • Solve basic math functions including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, fractions, and decimals.
  • Demonstrate fluency reading a tape measure.
  • Recognize and measure basic geometric shapes commonly used in the construction industry.
  • Examine and interpret the drawings and symbols used in residential and light commercial construction.
  • SLO #3: Summarize the major career paths in the construction industry, and their entry-level expectations.
  • Research and list the various career paths in the construction industry.
  • Compare and contrast the apprenticeship requirements and responsibilities for a variety of the construction trades.
  • Understand the local and global mechanisms driving the emergence of Green Building practices, and define who the major industry organizations are and how they contribute to the movement.

CONST 103 OSHA 10 Hour Safety Training

  • Units:1
  • Hours:18 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This OSHA Outreach Training Program is for training construction students and industry workers in basic safety and health hazard recognition and prevention. This course is taught by authorized industry outreach trainers, and successful students will receive the OSHA 10 Hour card. Topics include: Intro to OSHA, Fall Protection, Electrical, Ladders and Stairs, Scaffolds, PPE, Hand and Power Tools, Hazcom, Motor Vehicles, Confined Space Entry, Fire Protection, and Ergonomics.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO #1-Recognize common workplace hazards on jobsites.
  • avoid or prevent workplace health hazards.
  • SLO #2- Understand the magnitude of the dangers involved with daily work activity in construction.
  • Assess the impact that accidents have on the construction industry
  • Discuss how daily work activities on a construction site may lead to a severely disabling injury and the effects this has on the worker and their families.

CONST 105 Rough Carpentry I - Tools, Materials, and Foundations

  • Units:3
  • Hours:27 hours LEC; 81 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course is designed to teach the introductory skills required to be successful in the construction industry. Course topics include an Introduction to the Industry, Hand and Power Tools, Building Materials, Introduction to Plans and Building Codes, Site Layout and Foundations. A heavy emphasis is placed on "hands on" demonstration of proficiency with safe and efficient use of tools, plan reading, as well as the fundamental layout techniques for foundations.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, 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.
  • identify and describe the major historical milestones that have affected the technologies used in the construction industry
  • summarize the current and future career opportunities for carpenters and other trades workers
  • identify and discuss personal characteristics and responsibilities of a professional construction trades worker.
  • SLO #2 - Identify common hand and power tools used in the construction industry and demonstrate competence in their safe and efficient use.
  • perform hands-on demonstrations of competence in proper and safe power tool use
  • discuss basic electrical safety
  • SLO #3 - Examine various building materials and compare their strengths and weaknesses relative to other global resources and production methods
  • compare and contrast solid sawn lumber with engineered wood products.
  • discuss topics in sustainability, embodied energy of materials, and the green building movement
  • describe the common fasteners and adhesives used in construction
  • SLO #4- Recognize and interpret various construction drawings in a set of architectural plans
  • estimate quantities of materials needed for simple, residential wood-framed building assemblies, using blueprints.
  • SLO #5 - Utilize fundamental building principles to layout and construct concrete foundations
  • apply techniques in plan reading, surveying, and layout to erect form work pour concrete for foundations

CONST 106 Rough Carpentry II - Floors, Walls, and Roof Framing

  • Units:3
  • Hours:27 hours LEC; 81 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course is designed to teach the skills required to be successful in the construction industry. Course topics include Skill Development in Hand and Power Tool use, as well as techniques in Floor Framing, Wall Framing and Roof Framing. A heavy emphasis is placed on "hands-on" demonstration of proficiency with safe and efficient use of tools, plan reading, as well as the fundamental layout techniques for floor, wall, and roof framing.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO #1 - Identify common hand and power tools used in the construction industry and develop skills and competence in their safe and efficient use.
  • Demonstrate fluency and skill development in tool use through the efficient, accurate, and safe use of individual tools.
  • SLO #2 - Utilize fundamental building principles to layout and construct Floor Framing assemblies.
  • Recognize and interpret various construction drawings to apply techniques in layout, cutting, and installation of floor framing members.
  • SLO #3 - Utilize fundamental building principles to layout and construct exterior and interior wall Framing assemblies.
  • Recognize and interpret various construction drawings to apply techniques in layout, cutting, and installation of wall framing members.
  • SLO #4 - Utilize fundamental building principles to layout and construct various types of roof framing Framing assemblies.
  • Recognize and interpret various construction drawings to apply techniques in layout, cutting, and installation of Stick framed and engineered roof truss framing assemblies.

CONST 107 Rough Carpentry III - Exterior Finishes

  • Units:3
  • Hours:27 hours LEC; 81 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course is designed to teach the skills required to be successful in the construction industry. Course topics include skill development for hand and power tools, review of framing principles, windows and doors, insulation and ventilation, exterior siding, and roofing. A heavy emphasis is placed on "hands-on" demonstration of proficiency with safe and efficient use of tools, window and door installations, as well as siding and roofing.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO #1 - Demonstrate basic proficiency with the hand and power tools commonly associated with the installation of windows and doors, exterior siding, insulation and roofing.
  • SLO #2 - Identify common types and styles of exterior doors and windows, and their proper installation techniques.
  • Explain the proper procedure for setting exterior doors, as well as the common characteristics, dimensions, and materials used in their manufacture.
  • Explain the proper procedure for setting exterior windows, with special emphasis on flashing techniques for water tightness, and smooth operation of moving parts.
  • Evaluate and discuss the roll that windows play in the long term energy consumption of the building, and the current trends in energy code compliance.
  • SLO #3 - Identify common types and styles of exterior siding, and roofing.
  • SLO #4 - Identify common types and styles of insulation and ventilation strategies, commonly used in the industry.
  • Evaluate and discuss the roll that insulation plays in the long term energy consumption of the building, and the current trends in energy code compliance.
  • Explain the correlation between a building's thermal envelope, and the need to address mechanical ventilation in newer more air tight buildings.

CONST 108 Finish Carpentry I - Interior Finish

  • Units:3
  • Hours:27 hours LEC; 81 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course is designed to teach the skills required to be successful in the construction industry. Course topics include Skill development with tools, Drywall, Interior doors and door frames, Interior trim, Stairs and cabinets. A heavy emphasis is placed on "hands-on" demonstration of proficiency with safe and efficient use of tools, drywall applications, as well as the accurate installation of interior trim.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO #1 - Identify common hand and power tools used in Interior finish and demonstrate competence and skill development in their safe and efficient use.
  • SLO #2 - Identify commonly used materials and techniques used drywall applications, including various types of drywall, fasteners, and interior finishes.
  • Demonstrate techniques in layout, cutting, fastening, and finishing drywall projects.
  • SLO #3 - Utilize fundamental installation techniques to install interior doors and trim
  • Identify the various styles of interior doors, and demonstrate how to interpret doors specified in working drawings.
  • Demonstrate competence in installing interior doors.
  • SLO #4 - Utilize fundamental building principles to layout, cut, and install stairs
  • SLO #5 - Utilize fundamental installation practices to layout and install upper and lower unit cabinets.

CONST 130 Construction Pre-Apprenticeship I

  • Units:6
  • Hours:54 hours LEC; 162 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:CONST 102
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course is designed to teach the skills required to be successful in the construction industry. This course covers an Introduction to the Industry, Building Materials, Hand and Power tools, Introduction to Plans and Building Codes, Site Layout and Foundations, Floor Framing, Wall Framing and Roof Framing. This is the second of three courses that make up the Construction Pre-Apprenticeship certificate.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, 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.
  • identify and describe the major historical milestones that have affected the technologies used in the construction industry
  • summarize the current and future career opportunities for carpenters and other trades workers
  • identify and discuss personal characteristics and responsibilities of a professional construction trades worker.
  • SLO. #2 - Identify common hand and power tools used in the construction industry and demonstrate competence in their safe and efficient use.
  • perform hands on demonstrations of competence in proper and safe power tool use
  • discuss basic electrical safety
  • SLO #3 - Examine various building materials and compare their strengths and weaknesses relative to other global resources and production methods
  • compare and contrast solid sawn lumber with engineered wood products.
  • discuss green building materials and the green building movement
  • describe the common fasteners and adhesives commonly used in residential construction
  • SLO #4 - Utilize fundamental building principles to layout and construct residential structures
  • apply techniques in layout, cutting, fastening, and erection of floor, wall, and roof framing assemblies for residential structures.
  • SLO #5- Recognize and interpret various construction drawings in a set of architectural plans
  • estimate quantities of materials needed for simple, residential wood-framed building assemblies, using blueprints.

CONST 131 Construction Pre-Apprenticeship II

  • Units:7
  • Hours:54 hours LEC; 216 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:CONST 130 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This is the third of three courses that make up the Construction Pre-Apprenticeship program. This program prepares students for jobs in the construction trades. The course also prepares students for careers in the Building Performance and Energy Assessment certificate. This course is a continuation of the curriculum from CONST 130 and covers windows and doors, Insulation and Ventilation, Interior and Exterior finishes, Intro to Green Building, Energy Awareness, and Fundamentals in Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing. Construction projects may be located at both on and off campus sites.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO #1- Recognize and describe components in typical residential building assemblies for exterior walls, including doors, windows, exterior siding, and insulation.
  • Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of various styles and types of exterior windows, including frame materials, energy efficient coatings, and number of panes of glass.
  • Discuss typical exterior siding options as they relate to durability, tightness of air barrier, and methods of application.
  • Describe the importance of quality insulation installation, and the variety of materials used in creating the thermal barrier around conditioned air.
  • SLO #2- Understand the principles of Green Building and compare these emerging techniques with traditional production building methods.
  • Examine the "house as a system" approach by comparing the efficiencies of various mechanical systems and building assemblies.
  • Discuss the major topics concerning indoor air quality, source control, and mitigation of pollutants.
  • Discuss general reduction strategies in energy and water consumption.
  • SLO #3- Recognize and describe components in typical residential mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems.
  • Understand basic principles in how we supply water, electricity and conditioned air to our homes, and some strategies we use to reduce the demand for these amenities.

CONST 142 Energy, Performance, and Indoor Air Quality

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course is intended to be the third in the series of Green Building courses, although the sequence is not mandatory. Each course in the series focuses on specific pieces of the larger Green Building sector. This course covers the following topics: The science of energy and its sources, as well as the common alternative and renewable sources of energy that are being researched and developed.
Green building guidelines and state energy efficiency standards for buildings and appliances will also be examined. The "Whole House approach" to Building Performance will be an under-current through out the course. Indoor Air Quality, and other health topics will be introduced. This course satisfies the elective units for the CRC Green Building Certificate.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO #1 Demonstrate the skills and competencies in Building Performance and Indoor Air Quality that will enable them to compete effectively in the emerging green building industry.
  • demonstrate critical thinking skills showing there ability to research and predict the direction of the newest technologies and the advances in the use of existing materials and methods.
  • SLO #2 Recognize common residential systems and construction assemblies, and identify typical deficiencies in those systems.
  • Use the "Whole House Approach" to predict how common problems with systems and construction assemblies adversely affect other parts of the house.
  • SLO #3 Calculate residential heating and cooling loads using Manual J, as well as determining heating and air conditioning equipment and duct sizes with Manual D and Manual S.

CONST 143 Photovoltaic Systems

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course will cover general solar industry topics with an emphasis photovoltaic principles and products. There will be a brief study of the political landscape in California in support of the California Solar Initiative, and market strategies and incentives will also be discussed. There will be some hands on projects to help students learn basic electrical theory and circuits, and an introduction to print reading. System Sizing and components will be covered as well. This class is part of the Green Buildings: Environmental Design, Energy Management and Performance Based Construction Certificate.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO#1 Demonstrate safe working practices associated with photovoltaic installations.
  • SLO #2 Summarize the performance and operating characteristics of PV systems and components.
  • differentiate between acceptable PV systems electrical installations and grounding.
  • describe how interconnected PV systems can affect the utility.
  • SLO #3 Further one's interests in a position, or general knowledge in the photo voltaic field.
  • expand upon this course for a foundation of continued interest.

CONST 160 Introduction to Residential Building Performance

  • Units:6
  • Hours:81 hours LEC; 81 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:CONST 130 and 131, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This class focuses on preparing students for jobs within the Residential Building Performance and Weatherization industries. This class will train students in residential building science, energy efficiency, and combustion appliance safety. Topics will include nationally recognized Building Performance Institute standards and California Weatherization Installation Standards, Duct and Shell Sealing Measures, and Combustion Appliance Zone testing. This is the first course in the Residential Building Performance and Energy Assessment certificate.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO #1 Define the role that building performance and weatherization play in helping to reduce the demand for energy.
  • Describe the cycle of energy production and consumption across the three major sectors of transportation, industry, and the built environment.
  • Identify the energy saving measures performed in accordance with the state and nationally recognized standards.
  • SLO #2 Perform shell and duct diagnostics, and prescribe measures that can be tested and retested for marked improvement in the energy efficiency of the home.
  • Set up blower door testing equipment to depressurize a home, and test it for air leakage with the use of digital manometers and infrared cameras.
  • Set up duct pressurizing equipment to measure duct leakage, a major source of energy waste.
  • Analyze information gathered in both of these tests to prescribe cost effective remedies for improved energy efficiency in the home.
  • SLO #3 Perform Combustion Appliance Safety Inspections.
  • Detect defects and hazards in combustion appliances that may jeopardize the health and safety of the occupants

CONST 161 Intermediate Residential Building Performance and Energy Auditing

  • Units:4
  • Hours:54 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:CONST 160 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course focuses on preparing students for jobs in the Building Performance and Residential Energy Assessment industry. This class will train students about current auditing methods and standards including inspection, whole house performance diagnostics, building science, software applications for the energy professional, utility fee structure and bill disaggregation, and the industry's recognized rating systems. This course will also prepare the student for the Building Performance Institute "Building Analyst" exam.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO #1: Identify the industry's recognized energy assessment and audit measures.
  • Examine the energy consuming devices in the home, and identify deficiencies in energy saving potential.
  • Perform Combustion Appliance Safety inspections and make appropriate recommendations to insure occupant safety.
  • SLO #2: Perform advanced whole house performance diagnosis with Blower Door and Duct Blasters.
  • Set up the Blower Door and the Duct Blaster, and make appropriate recommendations for cost effective measures to reduce air leakage
  • Use current software applications for the standardized and/or recognized audit, in conjunction with the results from the pressurizing equipment.

CONST 163 Advanced Energy Auditing and Energy Modeling

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:CONST 161
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course prepares students for jobs in the building performance and energy auditing industry. This class will train students in advanced energy auditing techniques using energy modeling software, and thermography. Students will be trained to use energy modeling software recognized by the California Energy Commission for both new and existing structures. Students will also be trained to use infra red imaging for accurate, non-invasive inspection of homes, assisting the auditor in locating thermal bridging in the building envelope. Topics in Multifamily and "Envelope Professional" certification will also be discussed.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO #1 Demonstrate entry level proficiency with energy modeling software.
  • Collect and enter specific building information required to produce accurate energy efficiency ratings.
  • SLO #2 Utilize infra red technology and imaging to assist in the energy auditing of a home.
  • SLO #3 Perform the prescribed tests and protocols in the recognized national standards for "Envelope Professional" testing and certification.
  • SLO #4 Discuss the current trends for testing and training for Multifamily, low rise, residential structures.

CONST 294 Topics in Green Building Technology

  • Units:0.5 - 4
  • Hours:9 - 54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course covers special topics not included in current green building classes. Topics may be offered in workshops or seminar presentations on timely subjects or targeted for specific audiences.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO #1 Demonstrate the skills and competencies that will enable them to compete effectively in the emerging green building industry.
  • Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills showing there ability to research and predict the direction of the newest technologies and the advances in the use of existing materials.
  • SLO #2 Communicate the importance of green building guidelines, and how green building methods help achieve these high standards
  • Students will demonstrate competence in the commonly accepted green building criteria for both residential and commercial construction
  • SLO #3 Compare and contrast a variety of green building materials and methods, and apply the appropriate technologies to meet a clients needs.
  • Students will have comprehensive knowledge of many of the green building products, and their manufacturing processes. Students will see case studies of different combinations of green technologies used, and consider budget constraints.

CONST 298 Work Experience in Construction

  • Units:1 - 4
  • Hours:60 - 300 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Enrollment Limitation:Students must be in a paid or unpaid internship, volunteer position or job related to career goals in Construction.
  • General Education:AA/AS Area III(b)
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course provides students with opportunities to develop marketable skills in preparation for employment in their major field of study or advancement within their career. It is designed for students interested in work experience and/or internships in associate degree level or certificate occupational programs. Course content includes understanding the application of education to the workforce; completion of required forms which document the student's progress and hours spent at the work site; and developing workplace skills and competencies. Appropriate level learning objectives are established by the student and the employer. During the semester, the student is required to participate in a weekly orientation and 75 hours of related paid work experience, or 60 hours of unpaid work experience for one unit. An additional 75 or 60 hours of related work experience is required for each additional unit. Work Experience may be taken for a total of 16 units when there are new or expanded learning objectives. Only one Work Experience course may be taken per semester.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • DEMONSTRATE AN UNDERSTANDING AND APPLICATION OF PROFESSIONAL WORKPLACE BEHAVIOR IN A FIELD OF STUDY RELATED ONE’S CAREER.(SLO 1)
  • Understand the effects time, stress, and organizational management have on performance.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of consistently practicing ethics and confidentiality in a workplace.
  • Examine the career/life planning process and relate its relevancy to the student.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic communication tools and their appropriate use.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of workplace etiquette.
  • DESCRIBE THE CAREER/LIFE PLANNING PROCESS AND RELATE ITS RELEVANCY TO ONE'S CAREER.(SLO 2)
  • Link personal goals to long term achievement.
  • Display an understanding of creating a professional first impression.
  • Understand how networking is a powerful job search tool.
  • Understand necessary elements of a résumé.
  • Understand the importance of interview preparation.
  • Identify how continual learning increases career success.
  • DEMONSTRATE APPLICATION OF INDUSTRY KNOWLEDGE AND THEORETICAL CONCEPTS AS WRITTEN IN LEARNING OBJECTIVES IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE EMPLOYER WORK SITE SUPERVISOR.(SLO 3)

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