Catalog 2019-20

Building Inspection Technology

Associate Degree

A.S. in Building Inspection Technology

This CRC program has been developed to prepare individuals for employment in building inspection. Graduates may be employed by contractors, government agencies, architects, finance companies and developers.

A wide variety of employment opportunities exist in the fast-growing construction industry in the Sacramento Valley.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Field trips to a variety of construction sites to study inspection technologies and code interpretations (Instructor Option)
  • Association with instructors who are county and city building officials and inspectors

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

Interpret the model building codes: Interpret the model building codes and summarize the origins and evolution of building codes in this country. Identify the origin and organization of the model building codes. Interpret code requirements for plans, permits and inspections. Diagnose code compliance with a minimum of 80% accuracy, congruent with industry certification. (PSLO 1)

Analyze a set of construction drawings to determine completeness/code compliance: Analyze a set of construction drawings to determine completeness and code compliance. Develop a thorough understanding of the organization and purpose of construction drawings. Recognize deficiencies in a set of construction drawings submitted for plan review. (PSLO 2)

Develop skills and competencies: Develop skills and competencies for effective and competitive workforce performance. (PSLO 3)

Apply specific and measurable career and /or workforce learning objectives: Apply specific and measurable career and/or workforce learning objective through classroom study and independent assignments. (PSLO 4)

Ensure that the program is consistent with the college SLO’s: Ensure that the program is consistent with the college SLO’s and is providing the students and community with a valuable and meaningful service. (PSLO 5)

Career Information

Building Inspector; Plan Checker; Construction Supervisor; Foreman; Construction Management; Government Building Official. Some career options may require more than two years of college study. Classes beyond the associate degree may be required to fulfill some career options or for preparation for transfer to a university program.

Certificates of Achievement

Building Inspection Technology Certificate

This CRC program has been developed to prepare individuals for employment in building inspection. Graduates may be employed by contractors, government agencies, architects, finance companies and developers.

A wide variety of employment opportunities exist in the fast-growing construction industry in the Sacramento Valley.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Field trips to a variety of construction sites to study inspection technologies and code interpretations (Instructor Option)
  • Association with instructors who are county and city building officials and inspectors

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

Interpret the model building codes: Interpret the model building codes and summarize the origins and evolution of building codes in this country. Identify the origin and organization of the model building codes. Interpret code requirements for plans, permits and inspections. Diagnose code compliance with a minimum of 80% accuracy, congruent with industry certification. (PSLO 1)

Analyze a set of construction drawings to determine completeness/code compliance: Analyze a set of construction drawings to determine completeness and code compliance. Develop a thorough understanding of the organization and purpose of construction drawings. Recognize deficiencies in a set of construction drawings submitted for plan review. (PSLO 2)

Develop skills and competencies: Develop skills and competencies for effective and competitive workforce performance. (PSLO 3)

Apply specific and measurable career and /or workforce learning objectives: Apply specific and measurable career and/or workforce learning objective through classroom study and independent assignments. (PSLO 4)

Ensure that the program is consistent with the college SLO’s: Ensure that the program is consistent with the college SLO’s and is providing the students and community with a valuable and meaningful service. (PSLO 5)

Career Information

Building Inspector; Plan Checker; Construction Supervisor; Foreman; Construction Management; Government Building Official.

Some career options may require more than two years of college study. Classes beyond the associate degree may be required to fulfill some career options or for preparation for transfer to a university program.

Green Buildings Certificate

The purpose of this certificate is to develop job skills and an understanding of green strategies for high performance buildings and livable communities. It is focused at students and professionals in the fields of architecture; construction; building management; construction management; building inspection; design technology; landscape; and planning, who want to acquire a comprehensive knowledge of an integrated, economic life-cycle approach to the design of the built environment. It includes study of green rating systems, material choices and environmental strategies for a livable, sustainable future.

Certificate Requirements

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

PSLO 1: Establish meaningful ethical, social and environmental objectives for buildings and communities based on the values of energy and resource conscious design.

Compare and contrast societal and economic implications of utilizing renewable and non-renewable energy sources.

Compare and contrast the effect of contextual issues and evaluate their impact on energy consumption, environment and the beneficial experience of interior and exterior spaces.

PSLO 2: Identify and articulate issues related to the choice of various building, landscape and environmental systems; ideate responsive solutions; and compare the alternatives in making effective, sustainable decisions.

Analyze and calculate energy use to make informed, environmentally-sound and economic choices to satisfy human needs for comfort and aesthetics.

Explain the concepts of resource conservation and waste reduction and make sustainable design choices related to materials and construction.

Develop a comprehensive understanding of green rating systems, livable communities strategies and the ability to apply these concepts in decision-making.

PSLO 3: Demonstrate independent learning, teamwork and continuing education habits that will help to encourage a life long pursuit of knowledge.

To use a team work process to identify issues, analyze criteria, research and apply learned principles to synthesize solutions to specific design projects.

To demonstrate habits of visual note making and independent research by developing a sketch and notebook to record learning.

Career Information

This certificate helps to develop the knowledge base related to sustainable green buildings and environments for the careers of architecture, construction, construction management, building inspection, horticulture, landscape architecture and architectural design technology.

Building Inspection Technology (BIT) Courses

BIT 100 Introduction to the International Building Code

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

This basic course is designed to provide background material on which the International Building Code was founded and the legal basis for the code. Emphasis will be placed on the development and proper use of the code.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1. Interpret building codes and summarize the origins and evolution of building codes in this country.

BIT 101 Introduction to the International Residential Code

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

This basic course is designed to provide a thorough understanding of residential construction requirements for building plan review and inspection. The course will cover the portions of the International Residential Code that have been adopted by the State of California. Emphasis will be placed on the development and proper use of the code.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1 Interpret the International Residential Code (IRC) and summarize the origins and evolution of building codes in this country.

BIT 102 Plan Reading and Non-Structural Plan Review

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: ADT 300 and BIT 100

This course provides a thorough understanding of the plan reading and non-structural plan review process undertaken by building departments prior to plan approval.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Analyze a set of construction drawings to determine completeness and code compliance (SLO #1).

BIT 104 International Building Code - Fire & Life Safety

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: BIT 100 and CMT 300

This course covers the use and application of the International Building Code for construction inspection.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Explain the organization, intent and purpose of the fire and life safety provisions of the International Building Code (SLO #1).

BIT 106 Introduction to Special Inspection- Concrete, Masonry, Steel, and Soils

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

This course covers the Special Inspection requirements of chapter seventeen (17) in the International Building Code. The course will provide the technical knowledge and information necessary for Building Inspectors to oversee and approve Special Inspections performed by Special Inspectors on concrete, masonry, structural steel and soils.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1 Review plans for compliance with the International Building Code in the follow areas: steel framing; masonry construction; and concrete construction, per the International Building Code and ACI – 318.

BIT 110 Engineering and Structural Principles for Building Construction

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: BIT 100

This course covers the basic engineering and structural principles used in the construction industry. This course includes civil engineering, plan reading, site layout, mechanics of materials, soil fundamentals, and the construction and inspection of structural systems.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

(SLO #1) Explain the history of structural engineering and describe the role and responsibility of engineers and designers in the construction industry.

BIT 112 Building Inspection Principles for Disabled Access

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: BIT 100

This is a course designed to examine the state regulations that govern the design and construction of public buildings, publicly funded living accommodations, hotels and motels, and multi-family dwellings for individuals with mobility and sensory impairments. The course is designed specifically for building inspectors to develop knowledge and skills in disabled access inspections.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

(SLO#1) Explain the legal, social and economical importance of providing accessibility to public buildings, public accommodations, commercial buildings, publicly funded housing and non-publicly funded housing.

BIT 120 Mechanical I/Plumbing Code Requirements

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: CMT 300

This course covers the use and interpretation of the Uniform Plumbing Code, legal and administrative enforcement procedures, field inspection techniques and procedures, methods and techniques used in plumbing installations, emerging technologies.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Explain the organization, origin, development and purpose of the Uniform Plumbing Code (SLO #1).

BIT 121 Mechanical II / H.V.A.C. Code Requirements

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: CMT 300

This course covers the use and interpretation of the Uniform Mechanical Code, and legal and administrative enforcement procedures used in mechanical installations, emerging trends and technologies.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Explain the organization, origin, development and purpose of the Uniform Mechanical Code (SLO #1).

BIT 130 Introduction to Inspection of Wood Frame Construction

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: BIT 100

This is a basic course designed to provide a thorough understanding of wood frame construction requirements for building plan review and inspection. The course will cover inspections for floor, roof and wall framing, and wall bracing for seismic and wind design. Simple beam calculations will be made.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Review wood framing plans for compliance with the International Building Code (SLO #1).

BIT 140 Residential Electrical Code Requirements

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: BIT 100

This course includes review of basic electricity and electrical principles for building inspection. This course is limited to the electrical code requirements for residential structures. The course will cover the use and interpretation of the electrical requirements found in the International Residential Code, legal and administrative enforcement procedures, field inspection techniques and procedures, methods and techniques used in electrical installations and emerging technologies.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1 Explain the organization, origin, development and purpose of the electrical requirements found in the International Residential Code.

BIT 141 Commercial Electrical Code Requirements

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: BIT 140

This course is an in-depth study of the National Electrical Code (NEC) as it relates to commercial and industrial construction and includes text adopted into the California Building Standards Code (Title 24). Study will include the most critical aspects of the National Electrical Code for electrical wiring systems found in commercial and industrial installations.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1 Describe the application, purpose and intent of specific requirements in the National electrical Code.

BIT 150 California Energy Code – Building Energy Efficiency Standards

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

This course introduces the interpretation and use of the California Energy Code, and legal and administrative enforcement procedures with emphasis on heating, ventilating, air conditioning and related installations.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1- Understand plan and inspection procedures, as well as the organization of the California Energy Code

BIT 152 HERS I, Field Verification and Diagnostic Testing for Code Compliance

Units: 3

Hours: 45 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: BIT 150

This course is an introduction to the California Home Energy Rating System (HERS) and prepares students to obtain certification as a HERS I rater. The HERS I certification allows certified individuals to verify certain energy efficiency measures of newly constructed buildings and alterations to existing buildings for compliance with the California Energy Code.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1 Explain the purpose and history of the Home Energy Rating System in the State of California

BIT 154 California Green Building Standards Code

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the history, purpose, proper use and interpretation of the California Green Building Standards Code. The California Green Building Standards Code was adopted by the State of California in July of 2010 and continues to evolve with each new code cycle. These standards will be felt across all of the industry's occupations, from architects and designers to builders and inspectors. This course fills elective requirements in the BIT degree, as well as the Green Building Certificate.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1. Interpret the California Green Building Standards Code (CAL Green) and summarize the origins and evolution of California Green Building Standards in the State of California.

BIT 295 Independent Studies in Building Inspection Technology

Units: 1 - 3

Hours: 54 - 162 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

An independent studies project involves an individual student or small group of students in study, research, or activities beyond the scope of regularly offered courses. See the current catalog section of "Special Studies" for full details of Independent Studies.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Actively engage in intellectual inquiry beyond that required in order to pass a course of study (College Wide Learning Outcome – Area 4).

BIT 298 Work Experience in Building Inspection Technology

Units: 1 - 4

Hours: 60 - 300 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Enrollment Limitation:

Students must be in a paid or unpaid internship, volunteer position or job related to career goals in Building Inspection Technology.

This course provides students with opportunities to develop marketable skills in preparation for employment in their major field of study or advancement within their career. It is designed for students interested in work experience and/or internships in associate degree level or certificate occupational programs. Course content includes 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. Appropriate level learning objectives are established by the student and the employer. During the semester, the student is required to participate in a weekly 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. Work Experience may be taken for a total of 16 units when there are new or expanded learning objectives. Only one Work Experience course may be taken per semester.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

DEMONSTRATE AN UNDERSTANDING AND APPLICATION OF PROFESSIONAL WORKPLACE BEHAVIOR IN A FIELD OF STUDY RELATED ONE’S CAREER.(SLO 1)

Full-time Faculty

Ryan Connally
Office: NTB 110
Phone: (916) 691-7353
E-mail: connalr@CRC.losrios.edu

Adjunct Faculty

Gregory Mahoney
Lynn Palmer

This CRC program has been developed to prepare individuals for employment in building inspection. Graduates may be employed by contractors, government agencies, architects, finance companies and developers. A wide variety of employment opportunities exist in the fast-growing construction industry in the Sacramento Valley.