Building Construction Courses

Construction Hand and Power Tools


Survey of hand and power tools typically used to perform construction work. Emphasis on the development of skills needed to effectively perform layout, measurement, cutting, fastening, and finishing operations. Study also includes maintenance of tools and equipment, safe use of hand and power tools, and emerging tool technology. 1 Credit (0 Lecture - 3 Lab)

Construction Safety and Equipment


Survey of auxiliary equipment and systems used to perform construction work, focusing on their safe and effective operation. Course work includes erecting various types of scaffold, operating moving equipment, and power generating equipment. Other topics include personal safety issues, issues specific to individual pieces of construction equipment, and OSHA requirements/guidelines specific to the construction industry.  1 Credit (0 Lecture - 3 Lab)

Print Reading and Architectural Drafting


Fundamentals of print reading and architectural drafting. Techniques in reading and interpreting prints, structural drawings, schedules, and specifications are covered so that students understand typical construction drawings as encountered in industry. The drafting component focuses on the use and care of drawing instruments, lettering, orthographies projection principles, and preliminary drawing and sketching, in the preparation of working drawings. 3 Credits (1 Lecture - 6 Lab)

Framing Principles


Theory and application of framing techniques in residential and light commercial construction. Emphasis on basic principles and skills used in hand and machine woodworking operations. 4 Credits (2 Lecture - 6 Lab) Corequisite(s): BCT103 and BCT104.

Site Preparation and Layout


Introduction to site management, site preparation, and layout of structures as it relates to current code and safety standards. Topics covered include the use of the construction instruments for laying out structures, triangle calculations, differential leveling, and erection of batter boards and markers. 2 Credits (1 Lecture - 3 Lab) Corequisite(s): BCT103 and BCT104.

Construction Materials and Application I


Study of residential building techniques and materials. Topics include specific erection and fabrication techniques, construction materials, as well as their uses and sustainability. Both traditional and prefabricated/pre-manufactured methods and materials are covered. Course serves as technical knowledge base for those who will manage the residential building process. 3 Credits (3 Lecture)

Construction Materials and Applications II


Study of commercial and residential finish materials and light commercial structural methods, providing the technical knowledge base necessary to manage and direct the building process for light commercial buildings and projects in which sustainability is an integral part. Building types studied include pre-engineered and tilt-up concrete and composite types consisting of masonry, steel, and wood modular systems. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BCT117.

Building Materials Applications


Hands-on, team-based learning opportunity that includes physically building various projects to gain an understanding of characteristics of typical construction materials used in residential and light commercial construction. 2 Credits (1 Lecture - 3 Lab)

Interior Finish


Introduction to the skills and knowledge base needed to effectively finish the interior of a structure. Floor finish techniques include traditional hardwood, floating laminate systems, and ceramic tile installation. Wall finish techniques focus on gypsum board products, wood paneling, and ceramic tile. The application of unitized ceiling finish systems such as suspended ceilings and acoustic tile is covered as well as textured finishes applied over gypsum board products. Applicable IRC code standards for interior finish are studied and applied. 3 Credits (1 Lecture - 6 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BCT103 and BCT104 and BCT109.

Weather Resistant Barriers and Finishes


Focus on the code requirements of weather resistant barriers and the skill development in the selection and installation of resistant systems, siding and roofing materials, soffit, and fascia.  2 Credits ( .50 Lecture - 4.50 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BCT103 and BCT104 and BCT109.

Roof Structures


Study of various common structural roof systems and components, including layout terms, rafter sizes, calculations, engineered products and the use of a layout equipment. Emphasis on roof framing principles and application, including gable, hip, and intersecting roof designs. Course work includes construction of roof systems and skill development in the calculation of conventional framing and the implementation of engineered components. 3 Credits (1 Lecture - 6 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BCT103 and BCT104 and BCT109.

Masonry Principles


Introduction to masonry construction materials and methods, with an emphasis on the terms, definitions, and methods of construction practices related to concrete block, brick construction, and thin masonry veneer. Topics also include the different types of mortar mixes and their strengths and uses, reinforcement of masonry walls, masonry cleaning, weather protection for masonry, and estimating supplies and materials. 5 Credits (2 Lecture - 9 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BCT103 and BCT104.

Concrete Construction


Principles of concrete design, including water/cement ratios, proportions of ingredients, reinforced concrete, concrete footers and walls, finishing with hand and power trowel equipment, and proper methods of curing and testing concrete. 3 Credits (1 Lecture - 6 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BCT103 and BCT104.

Residential Remodeling


Introduction to planning and implementing a residential remodeling project. Emphasis on the development and presentation of a professional contract through the preparation of drawings, specifications, schedule, and estimates. Additional remodeling-related topics include customer relations, green remodeling and sustainability issues, insurance, bonding, liens, sales and marketing, IRC requirements, hazardous substances, historical district issues, and code inspection sequences. The planned project will be constructed in the lab.  3 Credits (1 Lecture - 6 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BCT103 and BCT104 and BCT109.

Construction Estimating


Techniques for standard construction estimating procedures from take-off to bid, covering the areas of excavation, concrete, steel, masonry, carpentry, alteration work, mechanical work, electrical work, and general conditions. Topics introduced include preparation of the typical quantity take-off and estimated cost recording documents and techniques, as well as preparation and presentation of formal bidding documents. Course work includes presentation of an actual estimate. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BCT107 or ACH128 and ACH129 or Placement by Examination or MTH005.

Residential Construction Planning, Scheduling and Management


Fundamentals of planning and scheduling the residential construction process, with emphasis on mixing and matching available resources in the most efficient combinations to complete projects on time and within budget. Also included is an examination of construction management practices as applied by the residential building contractor, including the interrelationship between architects, sub-contractors, and others in the labor force. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Corequisite(s): BCT255 or MCT265.

Trim and Millwork


Study and application of the skills necessary to perform quality interior trim and advanced carpentry techniques, including the installation of interior trim, doors, windows, stairs, and cabinets. Course work also includes the design and fabrication of fine architectural millwork and the replication of molding, as well as an introduction to various countertop materials and finishing techniques. 5 Credits (2 Lecture - 9 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BCT103 and BCT104.

Introduction to Electrical and Mechanical Systems


Introduction to the electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems used in residential and light commercial buildings. Emphasis on the advantages and disadvantages of various systems, and how their design and installation integrates into the management of the building process. Particular attention is given to the contractor's viewpoint and the soliciting and managing of mechanical and electrical sub-contractors. 3 Credits (3 Lecture)

Construction Technology Applications


Introduction to the use of software technology for construction applications. Basic design, construction estimating, project management, spreadsheets, database, and construction-related business software are used and evaluated. Computer equipment, keyboard, smartphone, and other related software for the construction field are included.  3 Credits (1 Lecture - 6 Lab)

Residential Management I


Introduction to the soft skills required to manage a residential business or project. Course work includes a business plan for a residential builder. Topics include modes of communication, feasibility studies, sales, marketing, advertising, insurance issues, conflict resolution, warranty issues, and customer relations. Formal and informal writing are emphasized. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): ENL111 and MGT115. (Writing Enriched)

Codes in Construction


Overview of the current International Residential Code for one- and two-family dwellings. Emphasis on identification and interpretation of requirements for building planning, foundations, floors, wall construction, roof-ceiling construction, roof assemblies, and energy efficiency. Other topics include requirements for radon control, methods, and existing structures. 1 Credit (1 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BCT107 and BCT110.

Managing Construction Safety


Examination of the construction safety management process within the residential construction industry. General safety and hazard recognition topics include the criteria for reviewing project safety and improving safety on the job. Course work includes the preparation of safety related documents, implementation of administrative actions, development of safety management plans, and locating and interpreting federal and state regulations. OSHA 30-hour Construction Safety training is completed as part of the course.  3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BCT104 or BCT128.

Residential Management II


Study emphasizing cost control systems used in residential construction. Topics include construction loans and mortgages, residential bids and contracts, penalty and incentive provisions, profits, overhead, and cash flow. Primary focus on business organization and cost engineering tasks, including database management and software applications.  2 Credits (2 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): ACC113 and BCT300. Corequisite(s): ACC210 and BCT330.

Construction Safety Management


Introduction to the construction safety management process within the residential construction industry. The topics include the criteria for reviewing project safety and how to improve safety on the job. Course work includes the preparation of safety related documents and implementation of safety administrative actions, program development, and federal and state regulations.  2 Credits (2 Lecture)

Residential Design and Build


Study of a Residential Design/Build model for construction, including investigation of the advantages, disadvantages, and unique opportunities that the model has to offer. Focus on the completion of work through the design-build process, from initial client interviews to the production of plans and specifications that meet the client's needs and are acceptable for the issuance of a building permit.  1 Credit (0 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): ACH135.

Managing Changes During Construction


Emphasis on developing the ability to quickly and effectively handle changes that inevitably occur during the construction process. Focus on the potential sources of change orders and how to appropriately respond to each. Also includes developing methods for analyzing, pricing, scheduling, and tracking changes.  1 Credit (1 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BCT255 and BCT256 and CSC124 or ACH241 and BCT255 and CSC124.

Residential Building Systems


Technical information pertaining to current building systems used in the residential construction industry. Integration of manufactured components, innovative and alternative foundation options, the modular housing industry, site built framing techniques using the latest in pre-engineered products, steel framing, and traditional log and post-beam construction. Practical examples and current information from sources such as the National Association of Home Builders emphasize awareness of all the various building systems available to builders today. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Corequisite(s): BCT308.

Land and Property Development


Examination of the interrelated parts of the land development process. Topics include market study, financing, site selection and analysis, and environmental regulations affecting land development. Emphasis on managing the process while making sure each essential part is completed to move the project from design to a finished development. 1 Credit (1 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BCT300 and MTH180. Corequisite(s): BCT308.

Advanced Residential Estimating and Scheduling


Expanded study of basic estimating and scheduling skills, covering the residential construction costing process that follows quantity take-offs, including bidding analysis, productivity assessments, and resource allocations. Job sequencing and scheduling as related to the total cost controls are discussed. Various software applications are used.  3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BCT255 and BCT308.

Advanced Mechanical Systems


Study focusing on the importance of electrical and mechanical systems in the total homebuilding package. Skills learned include assessing customer needs, market trends, and emerging technologies in electrical and mechanical systems to complete the homebuilding process. Emphasis on planning, scheduling, bidding, and managerial skills from other coursework to develop a complete electrical and mechanical package for today's homebuyers. Particular attention is given to energy conservation, and environmental and safety issues as they relate to electrical and mechanical systems. 2 Credits (2 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BCT330.

Contemporary Issues in Residential Construction


Examination of the constantly changing dynamics of the residential construction industry and the effect on both consumers and the providers within the industry. Analysis of the current and contemporary issues of culture, politics, economics, environment, and demographics that are affecting the residential building industry. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BCT330. (Science, Technology and Society)

Senior Project Internship


Specialized work experience allows students to apply skills acquired in previous courses to solve real-world residential construction problems. Activities may include library and field research, data analysis, report writing, presentation of the final project, or approved internship experience. Topics may include, but are not limited to, entrepreneurship, residential management field practices, estimating and scheduling, and cost control. Completion of this course through an internship experience with a residential construction employer, with approval of a faculty adviser, is strongly encouraged.  3 Credits (0 Lecture - 15 Internship)


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