(Effective Fall 2020)

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.

Special Equipment Needs

See the Tool List on the Concrete Science Technology major webpage.

The degree contains coursework that is delivered on-campus, hybrid, and online. In order to successfully complete the online coursework, the student will need access to a computer that can access the Internet.

Remediation Strategies

All incoming students must meet placement requirements in English, math, and reading. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the College Catalog (see https://www.pct.edu/catalog/admissions-policy).

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 a standard evaluation 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 complete all major courses (those courses with the alpha-designators BCT and CST) with a grade of 'C' or higher.

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
CST205 Structural Concrete 3 2.50 1.50 M REQ
CST204 Decorative Concrete 3 1 6 M REQ
CST210 Concrete Construction Estimating 3 2 3 M REQ
BCT307 Managing Construction Safety 3 3 M REQ
MGT115 Principles of Management 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
MGT248 Supervision and Human Relations 3 3 S REQ
or
CST206 Concrete Production Problems and Conflict Resolution 4 4 M REQ
CST208 Forming, Shoring and Reinforcing 3 2 3 M REQ
CDP Core Global and Cultural Diversity Perspective 3   S CDP
or
SSP Core Social Science Perspective 3   S SSP
or
ARP Core Arts Perspective 3   S ARP
or
AAP Core Applied Arts Perspective 3   S AAP
or
HIP Core Historical Perspective 3   S HIP
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3 3 S REQ
or
ENL121 English Composition II 3 3 S REQ
PHS103 Physics Survey 3 3 S REQ
or
CHM100 Fundamentals of Chemistry 4 3 3 S REQ
or
PHS114 Physics with Technological Applications 4 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 15