Academic Catalog

Construction Technology AAT and AAS-T Degrees

degree Info at a Glance
Type
AAT and AAS-T Degree
Estimated # of Quarters
This degree is approximately 6 quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Admission Dates
Fall and spring quarters.
Prerequisites
None.

This program is designed to train construction professionals and facilities managers for building applications and systems that consume a minimal amount of non-renewable resources and contribute to environmental and personal health.

This program will prepare graduates for careers in resource energy management, indoor air quality, solar installation, home energy rating systems, and other specialties that support the design, building, and maintenance of sustainable living environments.

Participants will receive a solid foundation in applied mathematics, applied physics, and communication. Students will also receive training in industry-specific applications using energy-efficiency technology to diagnose building deficiencies. Advanced training in sustainable systems, solar (photovoltaic) systems, resource conservation management, and weatherization will prepare graduates for a variety of careers within the construction and utilities industries, including careers as resource conservation managers, energy auditors, weatherization specialists, solar energy specialists and home energy raters. 

AAT Degree General Education Requirements (18 credits):
ENGL& 101 English Composition or CMST& 220 (or higher)
Any 100 level math class
PSYC& 100DIV General Psychology (PSY 112DIV, SOC& 101DIV, or other humanities course that meets the diversity requirement)
COLL 102 College Success for All

AAS-T Degree General Education Requirements (23 credits):
All AAS-T degrees must have a minimum of 20 credits of transferable general education. These credits replace the academic courses required for the AAT degree. Required credits include:
5 credits in communication: ENGL& 101
5 credits in quantitative reasoning: MAT 110, MATH& 141, MATH& 142, MATH& 146 or MATH& 151
5 credits in a social science that meets the diversity requirement: PSYC& 100DIV or SOC& 101DIV
5 credits in social science, humanities, or science; choose one from the following: PSYC& 100DIV, PSYC& 200, PSY 210, PSYC& 220, SOC& 101 DIV, ART& 100, MUSC& 105, ASL& 121, BIOL& 160, BIOL& 175, BIOL& 241, BIOL& 242, CHEM& 110, CHEM& 121, CHEM& 131, GEOL& 110, PHYS& 114, ECON 101, ECON& 201 or ECON& 202
3 credits in College Success: COLL 102 

Students pursuing an AAS-T degree must complete all college degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the requirements for diversity, computer literacy and the capstone project.

Physical Activity Requirements: Should be able to lift 40 lbs.

Note: CONST 102-138 are articulated courses with high schools for dual enrollment.

Degree Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
CONST 102Safety & Operating Certificates3
CONST 104Trades Math & Print Reading for Construction5
CONST 106Basic Carpentry Skills6
CONST 109Employment Preparation4
CONST 112Footings & Foundations3
CONST 116Floor Framing3
CONST 120Wall Framing, Sheeting & Ceilings5
CONST 122Roof Framing5
CONST 126Roofing Materials & Installation3
CONST 134Exterior Finish3
CONST 139Interior Finish I5
CONST 142Interior Finish II3
CONST 144Electrical and Plumbing Basics4
CONST 152LEED2
CONST 155Deck Construction2
CONST 158Energy Auditor5
CONST 160Home Inspector4
SBS 107Sustainability Building Basics4
SBS 121Survey of Energy Ratings3
SBS 130Alternative Energy Systems5
SBS 142Building Envelope4
SBS 150Moisture Mitigation3
SBS 174Diagnostics and Testing4
SBS 185CAPService Learning Project3
Computer Literacy Requirements3
 Technical Credits94

Safety & Operating Certificates

Item #
CONST 102
Total Credits
3

Presents the basic elements of safe practices related to construction job sites, emphasizing accident prevention and correct response in the event of injury and other medical emergencies on the job, as well as personal protective equipment that is standard in the industry. Participants receive instruction in administering First Aid, CPR and AED (defibrillator use), as well as how to protect themselves against Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP). Provides Forklift Operator Certification with classroom and hands-on training in safe forklift operation; Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting certification (Lead RRP—required by EPA to engage in remodeling certain types of older structures), OSHA 10 Construction Safety card, and American Heart Association First Aid and CPR certification card.

Prerequisites
Physical capability to do the work required.
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Trades Math & Print Reading for Construction

Item #
CONST 104
Total Credits
5

Provides a basic foundation of math skills directly related to performing functions required in the construction trades, along with essential knowledge required to accurately read and interpret blueprints, plans, and schematics. Math skills and the ability to correctly interpret plans/prints are critically important to the construction process to ensure jobs are completed professionally and on time. This foundational training includes, but is not limited to, ability to measure and cut various materials correctly, understand and use the metric system of measurement, solve questions related to weight, volume, pressure, angles of fall, etc., and understand “scale” and its relationship to the finished product.

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Basic Carpentry Skills

Item #
CONST 106
Total Credits
6

Introduces basic tools of the trades with a focus on carpentry and provides hands-on experience in the proper techniques for safe use of various hand and power tools as well as their correct care, maintenance and storage. Participants will learn how to set up an efficient work station, how various parts of a structure are framed up, and the basic principles of electric power and how that relates to employing proper electrical connections when using power tools. Students will be drilled on essential hands-on skills needed to pass entry assessments for the United Brotherhood of Carpenters carpentry apprenticeship program.

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Employment Preparation

Item #
CONST 109
Total Credits
4

Explains the history of apprenticeship, its subsequent evolution into the present-day form, and how this translates into an effective method of on-the-job training resulting in journeyman credentials that are recognized industrywide throughout this country and in many other parts of the world. Provides an overview of government agencies, regulatory bodies and actual regulations that affect the construction industry. Participants are also given information related to job success, including but not limited to, ethical standards, attitude and behavioral expectations, teamwork and communication strategies, personal financial management, ergonomics, physical fitness and nutrition, and use of basic MS Office computer programs to conduct job search activities.

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Footings & Foundations

Item #
CONST 112
Total Credits
3

Introduction to the methods of construction footing and foundation forms, terminology, and inspections for the typical residential home. 

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Floor Framing

Item #
CONST 116
Total Credits
3

Introduction to the construction procedures and terminology used in framing a residential wood floor. 

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Wall Framing, Sheeting & Ceilings

Item #
CONST 120
Total Credits
5

Introduction to wall-framing construction procedures and terminology, the application of ceiling and/or two-story framing, inspections, sheeting, and aligning. 

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Roof Framing

Item #
CONST 122
Total Credits
5

Introduction to roof framing and the use of a framing square, including both truss roofs and stick-built residential roofs. 

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Roofing Materials & Installation

Item #
CONST 126
Total Credits
3

Introduction to various roofing materials, including proper installation techniques. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of CONST 102, CONST 104, CONST 106, and CONST 109.
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Exterior Finish

Item #
CONST 134
Total Credits
3

Introduction to the installation of exterior trim, siding, window, and door installation, or the equivalent on typical residential homes.
 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of CONST 102, CONST 104, CONST 106, and CONST 109.
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Interior Finish I

Item #
CONST 139
Total Credits
5

Introduction to interior wall and ceiling finish, interior doors and hardware, cabinet and countertop installation, and interior trim and finish flooring. 

Prerequisites
Instructor Permission.
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Interior Finish II

Item #
CONST 142
Total Credits
3

Continuation of interior wall and ceiling finish, interior doors and hardware, cabinet and countertop installation, and interior trim and finish flooring.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of CONST 102, CONST 104, CONST 106, and CONST 109.
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Electrical and Plumbing Basics

Item #
CONST 144
Total Credits
4

Introduction to basic home electrical, switches, outlets, wiring, and plumbing pipes, drains, faucets, and leaks.

Prerequisites
Instructor Permission.
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LEED

Item #
CONST 152
Total Credits
2

Introduction to LEED for new construction and renovations. 

Prerequisites
Instructor Permission.
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Deck Construction

Item #
CONST 155
Total Credits
2

Introduction to outside deck construction, including types, code requirements, and safety. 

Prerequisites
Instructor Permission.
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Energy Auditor

Item #
CONST 158
Total Credits
5

Introduction to trade regulations, other building trades workers, industry and standards organization, and entering the carpentry trade. 

Prerequisites
Instructor Permission.
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Home Inspector

Item #
CONST 160
Total Credits
4

Overview of equipment, technology, systems, and software used to measure a building’s structural and physical integrity.

Prerequisites
Instructor Permission.
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Sustainability Building Basics

Item #
SBS 107
Total Credits
4

Overview of sustainable “green” building models, with a focus on energy, indoor health, natural resources and other environmental impact.

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Survey of Energy Ratings

Item #
SBS 121
Total Credits
3

Introduction to the current and emerging efficiency standards for measuring energy usage and consumption, including but not limited to Energy Star, BPI, LEED, Built Green, etc.

Prerequisites
Instructor Permission.
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Alternative Energy Systems

Item #
SBS 130
Total Credits
5

An overview of existing and emerging approaches to energy production for use in residential and commercial structures, including but not limited to, solar/photovoltaics, wind, geothermal, biofuels, etc. 

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Building Envelope

Item #
SBS 142
Total Credits
4

Introduction to the principles of heat, light, sound, moisture, and air movement within a residential structure, including an overview of external factors that impact a building’s energy integrity. 

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Moisture Mitigation

Item #
SBS 150
Total Credits
3

Introduction to practices in construction that prevent moisture intrusion, as well as techniques for maintaining healthy living environments free from the destructive impacts of moisture.

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Diagnostics and Testing

Item #
SBS 174
Total Credits
4

Overview of the equipment, technology, systems, and software used to measure a building’s energy usage and loss. 

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Service Learning Project

Item #
SBS 185CAP
Total Credits
3

A capstone project that gives students an opportunity to apply their sustainable building science knowledge in a real life setting, focusing on helping nonprofit organizations achieve sustainability in the buildings where they live, work, and serve the public.

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Computer Literacy Requirements

Total Credits
3
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AAT Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
 Technical Course Requirements94
AAT General Education Requirements18
 Total Credits112

AAT General Education Requirements

Total Credits
18
To receive an AAT degree students must meet the following requirements
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AAS-T Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
 Technical Course Requirements94
AAS-T Degree General Education Requirements23
 Total Credits117

AAS-T Degree General Education Requirements

Total Credits
23
All AAS-T degrees must have a minimum of 20 credits of transferable general education. These credits replace the academic courses required for the AAT degree. Required credits include:
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This page was last updated on June 19, 2017.