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College Catalog 2013-14
Construction

Construction Course Descriptions

CONST 102
Introduction to Construction Practices
4 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course provides students with in-depth analysis of the organization and structure of the construction industry and the many career choices the industry offers. Many of the construction trades are represented, with formal apprenticeship opportunities highlighted. The emerging "Green Building" jobs will be examined, as well as other topics in sustainability. Guest speakers and field trips provide the students a wide view of the expectations of entry-level work, wages, benefits, and work place culture. The curriculum also emphasizes job site safety, practical working knowledge of tool and equipment use, an introduction to blueprints, and an overview of industry math.

CONST 103
OSHA 10 Hour Safety Training
1 Unit
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 18 hours LEC
This OSHA Outreach Training Program is for training construction students and industry workers in basic safety and health hazard recognition and prevention. This course is taught by authorized industry outreach trainers, and successful students will receive the OSHA 10 Hour card. Topics include: Intro to OSHA, Fall Protection, Electrical, Ladders and Stairs, Scaffolds, PPE, Hand and Power Tools, Hazcom, Motor Vehicles, Confined Space Entry, Fire Protection, and Ergonomics.

CONST 130
Construction Pre-Apprenticeship I
6 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: CONST 102
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 162 hours LAB
This course is designed to teach the skills required to be successful in the construction industry. This course covers an Introduction to the Industry, Building Materials, Hand and Power tools, Introduction to Plans and Building Codes, Site Layout and Foundations, Floor Framing, Wall Framing and Roof Framing. This is the second of three courses that make up the Construction Pre-Apprenticeship certificate.

CONST 131
Construction Pre-Apprenticeship II
7 Units
Prerequisite: CONST 130 with a grade of "C" or better
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 216 hours LAB
This is the third of three courses that make up the Construction Pre-Apprenticeship program. This program prepares students for jobs in the construction trades. The course also prepares students for careers in the Building Performance and Energy Assessment certificate. This course is a continuation of the curriculum from CONST 130 and covers windows and doors, Insulation and Ventilation, Interior and Exterior finishes, Intro to Green Building, Energy Awareness, and Fundamentals in Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing. Construction projects may be located at both on and off campus sites.

CONST 140
Location, Site Sustainability, and Water Conservation
1.5 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 27 hours LEC
This course is intended to be the first in the series of Green Building courses. Each course in the series focuses on specific pieces of the larger Green Building sector. This course covers the following topics: Review of general green building principles, location & linkages and fundamentals of green urban planning, and site stewardship. We will also discuss efficient landscaping and surface water management, current topics in outdoor and indoor water conservation, storm water and water pollution control, and water reuse systems. This course satisfies the elective units for the CRC Green Building Certificate.

CONST 141
Green Materials and Techniques for the Structural Frame and Building Envelope
1.5 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 27 hours LEC
This course is intended to be the second in the series of Green Building courses, although the sequence is not mandatory. Each course in the series focuses on specific pieces of the larger Green Building sector. This course covers the following topics: Alternative building materials, Embodied energy and product life span information, topics in thermal and moisture barriers, air infiltration reduction, and insulation for the building envelope. Efficient framing, and waste reduction and diversion are also discussed. Course content is broken into two distinct categories: Foundations and structures, and mechanical and interior finishes. This course satisfies the elective units for the CRC Green Building Certificate.

CONST 142
Energy, Performance, and Indoor Air Quality
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course is intended to be the third in the series of Green Building courses, although the sequence is not mandatory. Each course in the series focuses on specific pieces of the larger Green Building sector. This course covers the following topics: The science of energy and its sources, as well as the common alternative and renewable sources of energy that are being researched and developed. Green building guidelines and state energy efficiency standards for buildings and appliances will also be examined. The "Whole House approach" to Building Performance will be an under-current through out the course. Indoor Air Quality, and other health topics will be introduced. This course satisfies the elective units for the CRC Green Building Certificate.

CONST 143
Photovoltaic Systems
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course will cover general solar industry topics with an emphasis photovoltaic principles and products. There will be a brief study of the political landscape in California in support of the California Solar Initiative, and market strategies and incentives will also be discussed. There will be some hands on projects to help students learn basic electrical theory and circuits, and an introduction to print reading. System Sizing and components will be covered as well. This class is part of the Green Buildings: Environmental Design, Energy Management and Performance Based Construction Certificate.

CONST 144
Case Studies in Current Sustainable Building Topics
1.5 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 9 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course is intended to give students the flexibility to propose their own Green Building topics of study to fulfill requirements for the CRC Green Building Certificate. Topics will be chosen by students. Case studies will entail establishing a criteria guided by the instructor to synthesize elements of the students interest, with a clear set of goals for the student to report on, and present to other students at the end of the class. Topics are open to any concepts where students can show adequate connection to the principles of green building and sustainability. The individual or team research will culminate in a written report for the instructor, and an oral presentation to the class. Possible topics could include, but are not limited to green landscape, green plumbing, mechanical or electrical, alternative energies, marketability of green businesses, or even a particular product or process.

CONST 160
Introduction to Residential Building Performance
6 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: CONST 130 and 131; or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.
Hours: 81 hours LEC; 81 hours LAB
This class focuses on preparing students for jobs within the Residential Building Performance and Weatherization industries. This class will train students in residential building science, energy efficiency, and combustion appliance safety. Topics will include nationally recognized Building Performance Institute standards and California Weatherization Installation Standards, Duct and Shell Sealing Measures, and Combustion Appliance Zone testing. This is the first course in the Residential Building Performance and Energy Assessment certificate.

CONST 161
Intermediate Residential Building Performance and Energy Auditing
4 Units
Prerequisite: CONST 160 with a grade of "C" or better
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course focuses on preparing students for jobs in the Building Performance and Residential Energy Assessment industry. This class will train students about current auditing methods and standards including inspection, whole house performance diagnostics, building science, software applications for the energy professional, utility fee structure and bill disaggregation, and the industry's recognized rating systems. This course will also prepare the student for the Building Performance Institute "Building Analyst" exam.

CONST 162
Residential Energy Science and the Global Perspective
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course is designed to improve "energy literacy" in students, and is a requirement in the Residential Building Performance and Energy Assessment degree and certificate. The course examines many of the careers in the new "Green Economy", and then focuses on the science behind energy production, transmission, and consumption. Principles of energy are discussed, and the science of how energy is utilized in the built environment. Current topics in international energy policies will also be examined.

CONST 163
Advanced Energy Auditing and Energy Modeling
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: CONST 161
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course prepares students for jobs in the building performance and energy auditing industry. This class will train students in advanced energy auditing techniques using energy modeling software, and thermography. Students will be trained to use energy modeling software recognized by the California Energy Commission for both new and existing structures. Students will also be trained to use infra red imaging for accurate, non-invasive inspection of homes, assisting the auditor in locating thermal bridging in the building envelope. Topics in Multifamily and "Envelope Professional" certification will also be discussed.

CONST 294
Topics in Green Building Technology
.5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 108 hours LAB
This course covers special topics not included in current green building classes. Topics may be offered in workshops or seminar presentations on timely subjects or targeted for specific audiences.

CONST 298
Work Experience in Construction
1-4 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 300 hours LAB
This course provides students with opportunities to develop marketable skills in preparation for employment or advancement within their current job. Course content will include understanding the application of education to the workforce; completion of required forms, which document the student's progress and hours spent at the work site; and developing workplace skills and competencies. During the course of the semester, the student is required to fulfill an 18 hour orientation and 75 hours of related paid work experience, or 60 hours of unpaid work experience for one unit. An additional 75 or 60 hours of related work experience is required for each additional unit. The course may be taken again when there is new or expanded learning on the job for a maximum of 16 units.

CONST 299
Experimental Offering in Construction
.5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

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