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Construction Technology (CONS)

Materials of Construction (3-3-0)
Corequisite or prerequisite: MATH 129.
This course covers a materials and types of construction of various structures. The course includes the following materials: aggregates, asphalt, portland cement
concrete, iron, steel, wood, and masonry.
Carpentry (3-3-0)
Corequisite or prerequisite: MATH 129.
This course provides detailed coverage of all aspects of light frame construction. Included are site clearing, site layout, foundations, framing, insulating, sheathing, roofing, windows and doors, exterior finish, interior finish, and mechanical systems. Special emphasis is placed on safety and the use of modern tools, materials, and prefabricated components. This course also includes information covering stair construction, chimney and fireplaces, systems-built structures, solar construction, remodeling, cabinetmaking, painting, and decorating. Information about electrical wiring, plumbing systems, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) has been included to provide more exposure to related business trades.
Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures (2-1-2)
Corequisite or prerequisite: MATH 129.
This course presents the properties of concrete as needed in concrete construction, including strength and durability. All concrete ingredients (cementing materials, water, aggregates, admixtures, and fibers) are reviewed for their optimal use in designing and proportioning concrete mixtures. Applicable ASTM, AASHTO, and ACI standards are referred to extensively. The use of concrete from design to batching, mixing, transporting, placing, consolidating, finishing, and curing is addressed. Special concretes, including high-performance concretes, are also reviewed.
Construction Contracting and Laws (3-3-0)
Corequisite or prerequisite: MATH 129.
This course is an introduction to construction contracting as it applies to typical, every-day situations and explains “theoretical” ideas in terms of what really happens in practice. The course emphasizes the more common case law holdings and industry customs that help avoid troublesome legal issues during the completion of a project. Course will demonstrate how information is gathered from documents with speed and accuracy.
Construction Blueprint Reading (3-3-0)
Corequisite or prerequisite: MATH 129.
This course provides printreading experience in residential and light commercial construction. Printreading fundamentals, construction materials, and light frame construction utilized in residential and light commercial buildings are covered in detail. Heavy emphasis is placed on requirements. Expanded coverage is provided for construction materials including engineered wood products, exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS), and electrical and mechanical systems.
Construction Surveying (3-3-0)
Corequisite or prerequisite: MATH 129.
This course covers the fundamentals of plan surveying. It covers accurate measuring of distance, theory and practice of leveling, angles and theodolites, basic operations of total stations, traverse surveys and computations, branches of geomatics, global positioning systems, and control surveys.
Construction Surveying Laboratory (1-0-3)
Corequisite CONS 210 or permission of instructor.
This course demonstrates principles covered in CONS 210. Field work will approximate industrial practice, with stress on degrees of precision required in surveying practice.
Construction Estimating (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: MATH 129 and CONS 160 and CIS 105, or permission of instructor.
This course guides students through a set of construction plans to make a material quantity survey, convert the material quantities to a monetary value, and add the cost of labor and equipment. This course further instructs students how to apply overhead and profit to produce a total monetary value to be tendered to an owner. Manual estimating is made as simple and as accurate as possible so that the student can learn how an estimate is made and how it is applied to the bidding process, the contract, and the follow-up procedures.
Construction Safety and Health (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: CONS 101.
This course offers a direct, straightforward presentation of material focusing on making the theories and principles of construction safety and health practical and useful in a real-world setting. Special emphasis is presented on the needs of modern construction professionals and on the construction requirements set forth by OSHA and other regulatory agencies.
Construction Management (3-3-0)
Corequisite or prerequisite: CONS 101 and CONS 160.
This course covers the responsibilities and duties of the construction manager and building contractor. Management decisions and documentation related to organization, synchronization and cost control of construction activities. Overview of computer-based applications related to construction management, scheduling of activities.

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