Concrete Science Technology Courses

Introduction to Concrete Science Technology


Introduction to the history of concrete, employment opportunities, job functions, & professional organizations in the concrete industry. 1 Credit (1 Lecture) Corequisite(s): BCT238 and CST110. Fall Only.

Concrete Tools and Materials


Introduction to the numerous tools used in the concrete industry. Identification and appropriate use within and in conjunction with concrete processes. Emphasis on safety in the use of the equipment as well as care and maintenance of the equipment. 2 Credits (2 Lecture) Corequisite(s): BCT238 and CST100. Fall Only.

Properties and Testing of Concrete


A detailed study of the properties of concrete as it is used as a building material. Properties pertaining to durability, abrasion resistance, permeability, etc. Composition applications for various uses. Testing procedures used to determine acceptable strengths and characteristics for specific tasks. Provides relevance for concrete testing as it relates to safety and longevity. 4 Credits (2 Lecture - 6 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BCT238 and CST110. Corequisite(s): CST140 and CST160. Spring Only.

Concrete Codes and Standards


A review of codes associated with the concrete industry. Discuss standards set by the concrete industry and their relevance to assuring the safety and welfare of the public. Detailed analysis of the different concrete systems and how codes and standards apply to each. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BCT238. Corequisite(s): CST120 and CST160. Spring Only.

Concrete Materials and Repair Products


Overview of the materials utilized in residential and commercial concrete application. Function and industry standard application of the materials such as: concrete mixes, sealers, jointing material, strengthening and bonding materials, and caulking. Use and application of fiberglass and steel enforcement materials. 2 Credits (2 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BCT238. Corequisite(s): CST120 and CST140. Spring Only.

Concrete Industry Internship


Specialized work experience allows for the application of skills acquired in previous course work and provides opportunities to solve site-specific concrete industry problems. Activities may include library and field research, data analysis, report writing, presentation of the projects, within the internship experience. Topics covered, but are not limited to, entrepreneurship, concrete industry field practices, estimating and scheduling, job cost control, and accounting. Completion via internship experience with a residential or commercial concrete-industry employer is strongly encouraged. 3 Credits (0 Lecture - 15 Internship)

Structural Concrete


Specific knowledge of concrete use relative to structural building applications. Examination of concrete use in commercial and residential construction as walls, floors, roof decking, and structural supports and columns. Advantages and disadvantages from the perspective of suppliers, architects, and contractors when concrete is specified as the building material of choice. 4 Credits (2 Lecture - 6 Lab) Prerequisite(s): CST160. Corequisite(s): CST210. Fall Only.

Decorative Concrete


An in depth look at decorative concrete applications, practices, and procedures. The study of different types of decorative concrete relative to coloration and pattern processes. Included are applications for interior and exterior use such as counters, stamping, staining and precast for architectural aesthetics. Hands-on skills in stamping, forming, polishing, and using additives. 3 Credits (1 Lecture - 6 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BCT238 and CST160. Fall Only.

Concrete Production Problems and Conflict Resolution


Study of the defects in concrete with an emphasis on troubleshooting the causes of concrete failure. Testing, analysis of mix design and job placement procedures will be performed and discussed. Diagnosis of common and recurring field problems such as set times, air content variation, low strength, cracking, scaling and other site issues will be explored. Pre-construction meetings and job conferences along with problem resolution and arbitration will be included. Job shadowing will be a required component of this course. 4 Credits (4 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): CST160 and CST203. Spring Only.

Forming, Shoring and Reinforcing


Hands-on practices for forming, placing and reinforcing concrete. Understanding the transport and finishing of cast-in-place concrete foundations and grade slabs. An emphasis on precast concrete and the production and utilization of precast methods. Reinforcing and stabilizing precast structures. Comparative analysis of precast and cast-in-place applications. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): CST203 and CST210. Spring Only.

Concrete Construction Estimating


Estimating material takeoffs and cost of concrete projects ranging from residential flatwork, parking garages, highways, bridge decks, etc. Evaluating needs and cost data for reinforcement materials such as; steel bar, steel fiber, fiberglass bar, fiberglass fibers and mesh. Using industry standards for determining flat rate costs per yard and reinforcement per unit. Comparing cost data from different sources for both material and labor. Review and determine take-off quantities from construction prints. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BCT107 and BCT238. Corequisite(s): CST203. Fall Only.


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