(Effective Fall 2018)

The Concrete Science Technology program prepares students with skills necessary to excel in the production and analytical evaluation of concrete and the specified applications, aggregate selection, and admixture techniques and products in the concrete industry.  Emphasis is additionally placed on specialized properties of concrete, building codes, estimating, and troubleshooting of prior installations. 

Career Opportunities

Graduates will benefit from a wide variety of career paths ranging from concrete quality control specialist, highway inspector, research and development technician, batch plant production manager/supervisor, ready mix plant manager, engineering technician, aggregate production and supply manager, admixture technician, concrete supply sales, decorative concrete specialist, structural engineer, and form and placement specialist.  These job classifications differ from those having skill sets in flatwork and finishing and require a stronger knowledge of composition and application.

Recommended High School Subjects

Two years of Algebra, one year of science, preferable Chemistry.

Remediation Strategies

Success in college-level coursework requires minimum levels of proficiency in math, reading, and English. Therefore, all new students must meet placement requirements to demonstrate their skills in these three areas.

Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the College Catalog (see http://www.pct.edu/catalog/PlacementTesting).

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • practice safe work habits in a professional and responsible manner.
  • interpret concrete drawings, identify key symbols specific to concrete and estimate quantities per plan.
  • establish parameters and set elevations for concrete formwork according to required specifications.
  • identify building codes specific to both commercial and residential concrete including American Concrete Institute (ACI) testing for air, temperature and slump.
  • perform standard evaluations and provide recommendations for concrete strengths, reinforcement and thickness per specific application.
  • design concrete mixes based on application and purpose.
  • successfully obtain professional industry certifications.
  • analyze applications and procedures for repair or replacement of defective concrete work.
  • perform accurate analysis on aggregates used in concrete for specific gravity, moisture and cleanliness.
  • identify significant historical events and their effect on the concrete industry.

Performance Standards

Students enrolled in the Concrete Science major must maintain a grade of "C" or better in each major course.

Curriculum

First Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FYE101 First Year Experience 1 .50 1.50 S REQ
BCT103 Construction Hand and Power Tools 1 3 M REQ
BCT104 Construction Safety and Equipment 1 3 M REQ
BCT110 Site Preparation and Layout 2 1 3 M REQ
BCT238 Concrete Construction 3 1 6 M REQ
CST100 Introduction to Concrete Science Technology 1 1 M REQ
CST110 Concrete Tools and Materials 2 2 M REQ
ENL111 English Composition I 3 3 S REQ
MTH124 Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 3 S REQ
or
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Second Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
CST120 Properties and Testing of Concrete 4 2 6 M REQ
CST140 Concrete Codes and Standards 3 3 M REQ
CST160 Concrete Materials and Repair Products 2 2 M REQ
BCT234 Masonry Principles 5 2 9 M REQ
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Summer Session Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
CST201 Concrete Industry Internship 3 M REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 3
Third Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
CST203 Structural Concrete 4 2 6 M REQ
CST204 Decorative Concrete 3 1 6 M REQ
CST210 Concrete Construction Estimating 3 2 3 M REQ
CHM100 Fundamentals of Chemistry 4 3 3 S REQ
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3 3 S REQ
or
ENL121 English Composition II 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
CST206 Concrete Production Problems and Conflict Resolution 4 4 M REQ
CST208 Forming, Shoring and Reinforcing 3 2 3 M REQ
BCT307 Managing Construction Safety 3 3 M REQ
HUM Humanities Elective 3   S HUM
or
SSE Social Science Elective 3   S SSE
or
ART Art Elective 3   S ART
or
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3   S FOR
or
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3   S AAE
or
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3   S IFE
MGT115 Principles of Management 3 3 S REQ
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1   S FIT
TOTAL CREDITS 17