Catalog 2019-20

Construction

Associate Degrees

A.S. in Construction, Building Performance and Energy Assessment

The Construction Technology programs at CRC are preparing students for work in new construction, remodel, and energy auditing industries. Course offerings include everything from entry level trades courses, all the way to national certification. Students will train at the college, and at real jobsites. Traditional building practices are covered, but advanced framing techniques, energy efficiency, health and safety, and sustainability are emphasized.

The Construction Pre-Apprenticeship courses focus on new construction, carpentry, and other building trades. Students learn about the tools and techniques used to construct new homes, and gain skills in print reading and layout. They also are introduced to green building methods and materials. Then, the Building Performance and Energy Assessment courses shift that focus to analyzing existing homes. The Weatherization and Building Performance industries are helping families reduce their energy burden, while maintaining comfort and safety. Our students learn the national standards and protocols for energy auditing, combustion appliance safety, and energy modeling. Successful students are prepared to take the national certification exams for building analysts and energy auditors.

Course offerings are intended to promote career ladders for those just entering the industry, as well as industry professionals looking to stay current. There are multiple certificates and degree options, and inter-related disciplines at the college, including Construction Management and Building Inspection technology.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

SLO #1 Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of the nature of the construction industry and the career opportunities to choose from.

SLO #2 Define the roles that safety plays in the construction and building performance industries.

SLO #3 Identify common hand and power tools used in the construction and building performance industries and demonstrate competence in their safe and efficient use.

SLO #4 Recognize and interpret various construction drawings in a set of architectural plans.

SLO #5 Utilize fundamental building principles to layout and construct residential structures.

SLO #6 Understand the principles of Green Building and compare these emerging techniques with traditional production building methods.

SLO #7 Perform shell and duct diagnostics, and prescribe measures that can be tested and retested for marked improvement in the energy efficiency of the home.

SLO #8 Perform Combustion Appliance Safety Inspections, and communicate their importance to the home's occupants.

SLO #9 Use current software applications for the standardized and/or recognized energy modeling, in conjunction with the results from the data collection and your initial test results.

Career Information

Building & Construction Trades person, Four year Apprenticeship, Construction Supervisor, Project Manager, Estimator, General Contractor, Building Inspector, Weatherization Technician, Energy Auditor, Building Performance Contractor, Certified Energy Plans Examiner, HERS rater, Energy Consultant

A.S. in Construction

This program trains students for an industry that is one of the largest employers in the nation. CRC's construction program is designed to provide students with basic and applied technical skills and knowledge necessary for employment in the building and construction industry. Standard construction procedures are emphasized throughout the program.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Articulation agreements for transfer to specific four-year institutions
  • Field trips to a variety of new and existing construction structures for study and appreciation

Career Information

Building and Construction Tradesperson; General Contracting; Estimators; Construction Supervisors; Material Salespersons; Building Inspection; Construction Apprenticeship programs. 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

Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate

This program prepares students for entry into formal apprenticeship programs and other entry level jobs in the building and construction industry.

Enrollment Eligibility

To be eligible for enrollment in the program, the student must meet the following criteria:

  • Students need to be able to lift 50 pounds and be willing to work outside in all weather conditions.
  • Students need to be able and willing to travel to jobsites to build houses and various projects in conjunction with normal class hours.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

PSLO #1. Understand the career opportunities in the construction field including entry level expectations in various sectors, opportunities for an upward mobility, and strategies for career advancement.

PSLO #2. Identify and safely operate many of the industry's common hand and power tools

PSLO #3. Interpret basic working drawings for residential construction projects, and layout and erect basic floor, wall, and roof assemblies

Career Information

Entry level trades jobs, such as carpenter, electrician, plumber, cement mason. Those jobs can lead to other jobs such as foreman, superintendent, project manager, General contractor, estimator, scheduler, building inspector, safety manager, and even energy auditor.

Construction Certificate

This program prepares students for entry into the building and construction industry as a general tradesperson; and prepares students currently working within the industry for advancement.

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
CMT 112 Construction Estimating 3
CONST 130 Construction Pre-Apprenticeship I 6
CONST 131 Construction Pre-Apprenticeship II 7
CMT 136 Construction Safety 3
CMT 300 Introduction to Construction Plans and Specifications  (3) 3
  or BIT 102 Plan Reading and Non-Structural Plan Review  (3)
CMT 310 Materials of Construction 3
Total Units: 25

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.

Construction (CONST) Courses

CONST 102 Introduction to Construction Practices

Units: 4

Hours: 54 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

SLO #1: Define the roles that safety plays in the construction industry.

CONST 103 OSHA 10 Hour Safety Training

Units: 1

Hours: 18 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

SLO #1-Recognize common workplace hazards on jobsites.

CONST 105 Rough Carpentry I - Tools, Materials, and Foundations

Units: 3

Hours: 27 hours LEC; 81 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

This course is designed to teach the introductory skills required to be successful in the construction industry. Course topics include an Introduction to the Industry, Hand and Power Tools, Building Materials, Introduction to Plans and Building Codes, Site Layout and Foundations. A heavy emphasis is placed on "hands on" demonstration of proficiency with safe and efficient use of tools, plan reading, as well as the fundamental layout techniques for foundations.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

SLO #1 - Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of the nature of the construction industry and the career opportunities to choose from.

CONST 106 Rough Carpentry II - Floors, Walls, and Roof Framing

Units: 3

Hours: 27 hours LEC; 81 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

This course is designed to teach the skills required to be successful in the construction industry. Course topics include Skill Development in Hand and Power Tool use, as well as techniques in Floor Framing, Wall Framing and Roof Framing. A heavy emphasis is placed on "hands-on" demonstration of proficiency with safe and efficient use of tools, plan reading, as well as the fundamental layout techniques for floor, wall, and roof framing.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

SLO #1 - Identify common hand and power tools used in the construction industry and develop skills and competence in their safe and efficient use.

CONST 107 Rough Carpentry III - Exterior Finishes

Units: 3

Hours: 27 hours LEC; 81 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

This course is designed to teach the skills required to be successful in the construction industry. Course topics include skill development for hand and power tools, review of framing principles, windows and doors, insulation and ventilation, exterior siding, and roofing. A heavy emphasis is placed on "hands-on" demonstration of proficiency with safe and efficient use of tools, window and door installations, as well as siding and roofing.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

SLO #1 - Demonstrate basic proficiency with the hand and power tools commonly associated with the installation of windows and doors, exterior siding, insulation and roofing.

CONST 108 Finish Carpentry I - Interior Finish

Units: 3

Hours: 27 hours LEC; 81 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

This course is designed to teach the skills required to be successful in the construction industry. Course topics include Skill development with tools, Drywall, Interior doors and door frames, Interior trim, Stairs and cabinets. A heavy emphasis is placed on "hands-on" demonstration of proficiency with safe and efficient use of tools, drywall applications, as well as the accurate installation of interior trim.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

SLO #1 - Identify common hand and power tools used in Interior finish and demonstrate competence and skill development in their safe and efficient use.

CONST 130 Construction Pre-Apprenticeship I

Units: 6

Hours: 54 hours LEC; 162 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: CONST 102

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

SLO. #1 - Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of the nature of the construction industry and the career opportunities to choose from.

CONST 131 Construction Pre-Apprenticeship II

Units: 7

Hours: 54 hours LEC; 216 hours LAB

Prerequisite: CONST 130 with a grade of "C" or better

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

SLO #1- Recognize and describe components in typical residential building assemblies for exterior walls, including doors, windows, exterior siding, and insulation.

CONST 142 Energy, Performance, and Indoor Air Quality

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

SLO #1 Demonstrate the skills and competencies in Building Performance and Indoor Air Quality that will enable them to compete effectively in the emerging green building industry.

CONST 143 Photovoltaic Systems

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

SLO#1 Demonstrate safe working practices associated with photovoltaic installations.

CONST 160 Introduction to Residential Building Performance

Units: 6

Hours: 81 hours LEC; 81 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: CONST 130 and 131, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

SLO #1 Define the role that building performance and weatherization play in helping to reduce the demand for energy.

CONST 161 Intermediate Residential Building Performance and Energy Auditing

Units: 4

Hours: 54 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: CONST 160 with a grade of "C" or better

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

SLO #1: Identify the industry's recognized energy assessment and audit measures.

CONST 163 Advanced Energy Auditing and Energy Modeling

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: CONST 161

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

SLO #1 Demonstrate entry level proficiency with energy modeling software.

CONST 294 Topics in Green Building Technology

Units: 0.5 - 4

Hours: 9 - 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

SLO #1 Demonstrate the skills and competencies that will enable them to compete effectively in the emerging green building industry.

CONST 298 Work Experience in Construction

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 Construction.

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)

The Construction Technology programs at CRC are preparing students for work in new construction, remodel, and energy auditing industries. Course offerings include everything from entry level trades courses, all the way to national certification. Students will train at the college, and at real jobsites. Traditional building practices are covered, but advanced framing techniques, energy efficiency, health and safety, and sustainability are emphasized.

 

Full-time Faculty

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