Introduction to Concrete Science Technology

CST100

Introduction to the history of concrete, employment opportunities, job functions, & professional organizations in the concrete industry. Fall Only.

1 Credit: 1 Lecture

Corequisites:
BCT238, CST110

Concrete Tools and Materials

CST110

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. Fall Only.

2 Credits: 2 Lecture

Corequisites:
BCT238, CST100

Properties and Testing of Concrete

CST120

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. Spring Only.

4 Credits: 2 Lecture, 6 Lab

Corequisites:
CST140, CST160

Prerequisites:
BCT238 and CST110

Concrete Codes and Standards

CST140

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. Spring Only.

3 Credits: 3 Lecture

Corequisites:
CST120, CST160

Prerequisites:
BCT238

Concrete Materials and Repair Products

CST160

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. Spring Only.

2 Credits: 2 Lecture

Corequisites:
CST120, CST140

Prerequisites:
BCT238

Concrete Industry Internship

CST201

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 Intership

Structural Concrete

CST203

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. Fall Only.

4 Credits: 2 Lecture, 6 Lab

Corequisites:
CST210

Prerequisites:
CST160

Decorative Concrete

CST204

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. Fall Only.

3 Credits: 1 Lecture, 6 Lab

Prerequisites:
BCT238 and CST160

Concrete Production Problems and Conflict Resolution

CST206

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. Spring Only.

4 Credits: 4 Lecture

Prerequisites:
CST160 and CST203

Forming, Shoring and Reinforcing

CST208

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. Spring Only.

3 Credits: 2 Lecture, 3 Lab

Prerequisites:
CST203 and CST210

Concrete Construction Estimating

CST210

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. Fall Only.

3 Credits: 2 Lecture, 3 Lab

Corequisites:
CST203

Prerequisites:
BCT107 and BCT238