Academic Catalog

Construction Technology (TCS)

TCS 100  Construction Blueprint Reading  

This course presents fundamentals in the understanding and use of basic construction drawings to determine methods and materials of light construction. a.) Architectural/Site: Emphasis is placed on residential and light commercial architectural drawings, architectural symbols, drafting practices, use of scales, applied geometry and orthographic projection. b) Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC): Emphasis is placed on drawings and schematics for various HVAC systems, HVAC symbols, load calculation introduction. c.) Electrical: Instruction on interpreting electrical power plans, lighting plans, panel schedules and single-line diagrams as well as common ANSI (American National Standards Institute) and IEC (International Electro-technical Commission) symbols. d.) Plumbing: Instruction on interpreting plumbing plans and riser drawings including isometric details and common plumbing symbols.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
Demonstrate competencies in reading and interpreting architectural construction drawings (floor plans, elevations, details, symbols).
Discuss architectural, carpentry, mechanical, electrical and plumbing materials and construction practices.
Demonstrate competencies in reading and interpreting HVAC technical drawings (floor plans, details, symbols).
Demonstrate competencies in reading and interpreting plumbing technical drawings (floor plans, isometric details, symbols).
Demonstrate competencies in reading and interpreting electrical technical drawings (floor plans, line diagrams, symbols).
Prepare for advanced studies in the architectural and MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) construction fields.
Review and discuss the purpose of specifications for all trades.
Create floor plans and orthographic drawings based on blueprints and isometric drawingsUse architectural and engineering scales as well as calculations in conjunction with blueprints to determine the MEP information necessary for construction.
Develop working drawings in each of the programs (Architectural, Carpentry, HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical, Construction Supervision, and CADD) Understand the various types of architectural and MEP reference sources and use them effectively.

3 Credits2 Weekly Lecture Hours
 2 Weekly Lab Hours

TCS 105  Workplace Safety  

This course is designed to provide students' with a general awareness on recognition, avoidance, abatement and prevention of safety and health hazards on a construction site. Topics covered in the class include fall protection, personal protective equipment, scaffolding, ladder safety, as well as safe and proper handling of tools and other construction equipment.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
Demonstrate knowledge of worker rights that are protected under OSHA.
Demonstrate knowledge of the responsibilities an employer has under OSHA.
Demonstrate an understanding of general safety and health provisions.
Identify major fall, electrocution and other types of work hazards.
Demonstrate the use of personal protection equipment.
Identify major health hazards common to the construction industry.
Demonstrate workplace safety practices.

2 Credits1 Weekly Lecture Hour
 2 Weekly Lab Hours

TCS 108  Construction Supervision  

Includes the basics of a supervisor's duties while on a construction project. The supervisor must define objectives that meet with the overall strategy of the organization and achieve results through the efforts of others; constantly evaluate and control production performance and motivate subordinates; a "Jack-of-all-trades" under the most adverse circumstances. All too often many skilled craftsmen are thrust into managerial positions without proper training and background and begin to learn by making mistakes in communicating, planning the job, human relations and the effective use of their own valuable, limited time. This course deals, in depth, with the what, why, how, when and where of construction supervision.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
Assume the responsibilities and authority of the supervisor's position.
Apply the various techniques employed in motivating subordinates.
Use communication in leadership and utilize these necessary skills effectively.
Use scientific techniques in problem solving and apply these to assigned case studies.
Know what is expected of him/her relative to such items as contract documents; estimate preparation; state, federal and local forms; architectural specifications; building codes, etc.
Apply construction supervisor's responsibilities relative to setting up and controlling a job site.

Prerequisites: (ENG 050 and REA 050) or ENG 099 or REA 075. Appropriate placement test scores may be accepted.

3 Credits3 Weekly Lecture Hours

TCS 109  Construction Project Administration  

This course provides an introduction to the principles and techniques of construction project administration (CPA). In addition to the tactical decision making involved in site supervision, field personnel are required to contribute to the overall management system for planning and implementing the construction phases of a building project. The CPA system provides the overall contractor organization with an informed decision-making process, which guides the site supervisor in selecting the best means to expedite a job and provides the necessary data flow for accounting functions like billing and payroll. The CPA system also generates project records necessary for organizational processes such as liability management, costing and bidding, and organizational improvement. This course will prepare the student to participate in the CPA processes for project phasing and scheduling, cost estimating and control, and contract management.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
Describe the critical elements of pre-construction operationsExplain critical inputs to the process for construction planning and scheduling.
Monitor work progress Diagram the elementary work activities given for the jobTrack time duration information for activity completionOutline a logical order in which given work items must be doneDiscuss the elements of a sound job philosophy and the means for implementationCompare variations in type and elements of basic construction contractsDescribe standard procedures for quality control in materials and workmanshipDescribe standard procedures for handling changes, claims and disputesAdminister standard documents and procedures for construction project closeoutExplain the documents required to recommend/allocate the final phase of payment and waiver of liens

Prerequisites: (ENG 050 and REA 050) or ENG 099 or REA 075. Appropriate placement test scores may be accepted.

3 Credits3 Weekly Lecture Hours

TCS 111  Methods/Materials of Construction I  

This is the first course of a two-part introduction to the materials, assemblies and methodologies of general construction organized around Construction Specifications Institute division format. Topics begin with sitework and excavation techniques and proceed through basic building systems in concrete, masonry, wood, plastic and metal. Emphasis is placed on exploring the impact of design decisions and construction scenario on the final product. Case studies and project simulations are an integral part of the course.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
Relate standard construction documentation to the materials and methods of general construction.
Identify and discuss building components from the perspective of material source and manufacture.
Identify and discuss building systems from the perspective of component assemblies and construction methodology.
Perform critical analysis and problem solving relative to construction project case studies and simulation scenarios.

Prerequisites: TCS 100.

3 Credits3 Weekly Lecture Hours

TCS 112  Methods/Materials of Construction II  

This is the second course of the two-part introduction to the materials, assemblies and methodologies of general construction organized around Construction Specifications Institute division format. Topics begin with building envelope systems and proceed through finishes, building equipment and basic systems. Emphasis is placed on exploring the impact of design decisions and construction scenario on the final product. Case studies and project simulations are an integral part of the course.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
Relate standard construction documentation to the materials and methods of general construction.
Identify and discuss building components from the perspective of material source and manufacture.
Identify and discuss building systems from the perspective of component assemblies and construction methodology.
Perform critical analysis and problem solving relative to construction project case studies and simulation scenarios.

Prerequisites: TCS 111.

3 Credits3 Weekly Lecture Hours

TCS 131  Estimating I  

A method of standard construction estimating procedure from take-off to bid. The course includes excavation, concrete, steel, masonry, carpentry, alteration work, mechanical work, electrical work, and general conditions.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
Demonstrate fundamental estimating skills.
Interpret construction plans and specifications.
Develop an estimate to include summaries and costs by category.

Prerequisites: (MAT 110 or MAT 128) and TCS 100 and TCS 111.

3 Credits3 Weekly Lecture Hours

TCS 132  Estimating II  

A continuation of Estimating I. This occurs is a laboratory presentation utilizing all acquired knowledge to compile essential data for an actual estimate.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
Complete an actual estimate from drawings and specifications within the time limits allowed by the bid documents.
Obtain experience with the functions performed in a builder's office.

Prerequisites: TCS 131.

3 Credits2 Weekly Lecture Hours
 2 Weekly Lab Hours

TCS 141  Construction First Aid/Safety  

Emergency first-aid and accident-prevention instruction for construction employees and managers. OSHA requirements are stressed in this course. Administrative aspects of recordkeeping requirements, rights and responsibilities, standards, safety program development and implementation are covered. Safety training includes identification and elimination of accident and health hazards, inspection techniques and administration of first-aid and CPR.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
Describe the reasoning for accident prevention program development.
Identify the appropriate administrative requirements, as defined by OSHA, to effect an adequate accident prevention program.
Develop and implement an accident prevention program.
Administer first-aid/CPR or seek appropriate medical attention during a construction-related emergency.

3 Credits3 Weekly Lecture Hours

TCS 221  Construction Survey and Layout  

An introduction to the fundamentals of engineering construction and land surveys. Topics include surveying references, accuracy and errors, measurement of horizontal and vertical distances, and the measurement of angles.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
Determine the horizontal location of a point and the direction to a second point utilizing coordinate geometry, azimuths, bearings and offsets.
Determine the degree of accuracy of a survey and distinguish between types of errors.
Calculate horizontal distances through the application of correction factors for temperature, tension, slope and tape calibration to field measured distances.
Determine the vertical location of a series of points with respect to a given datum.
Determine the difference in elevation between two points.
Measure accurate horizontal and vertical angles between two points.
Establish a line at a given angle of intersection with a known line.
Determine the magnetic bearing of a line.

Prerequisites: (MAT 110 or MAT 128) and TCC 111.

3 Credits2 Weekly Lecture Hours
 2 Weekly Lab Hours