Construction (CON)

CON-101  Architectural Plans and Specs  (3)  

Introduces the idea of scaled and technical drawings, including common graphic conventions. Teaches how to navigate, read, and interpret residential and commercial construction documents, including drawings, specifications, and shop drawings. Compares and contrasts residential and commercial documents. Applies digital take-off and mark-up processes. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 3.0 lecture

CON-108  Construction Safety  (1)  

Provides an introduction to job safety and best practices as they pertain to the construction industry. Achieves a general philosophy of safety awareness through the study of specific hazards and case studies. Navigates OSHA regulations and personal obligations within the construction industry. Receives the OSHA 10 Construction and Adult First Aid with CPR certifications upon completion of this course. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 1.0 lecture

CON-116  Architectural Plans and Specs  (2)  

Introduces the skills and methods for understanding and interpreting construction drawings and technical specifications for residential and commercial buildings. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 1.0 lecture, 2.0 lab

CON-126  Building Construction Systems II  (3)  

Continues the study of materials, methods, and terminology used in modern construction. Focuses on general knowledge of a broad range of exterior and interior finish systems, mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems - including their coordination with other construction systems. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 3.0 lecture

Prerequisite: Take CON-311.

CON-134  Building Foundations and Site Layout  (2)  

Provides class and laboratory activities to gain knowledge in the use of conventional and laser instruments, building site layout, site investigation, leveling, topographic maps and route surveying. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 1.0 lecture, 2.0 lab

CON-142  Carpentry Fundamentals III  (3)  

Introduces the terminology and methods used in modern residential and commercial construction systems. Offers hands-on instruction in insulation and building envelope systems, exterior finishes including roofing, window and exterior door installation, siding, and cornice construction. Uses project-based lab exercises to emphasize proper technique and component recognition. Identifies proper and safe tool and equipment use. Outlines the soft skills necessary for success in the construction industry. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 1.5 lecture, 3.0 lab

Prerequisite: Take CON-212.

CON-143  Carpentry Fundamentals IV  (3)  

Introduces the terminology and methods used in modern residential and commercial construction systems. Offers hands-on instruction in light gauge interior wall systems, gypsum wall board installation and finishing, finish flooring, and interior door and millwork installation. Uses project-based lab exercises to emphasize proper technique and component recognition. Identifies proper and safe tool and equipment use. Identifies the soft skills necessary for success in the construction industry. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 1.5 lecture, 3.0 lab

Prerequisite: Take CON-142.

CON-190  Construction Lab  (3)  

Provides introductory construction lab experience in a project-based environment encompassing teamwork, communication, productivity, and technical skills required for success in the design and construction industries. Performs tasks associated with light wood frame, heavy timber, plastics, and composite framing systems. Addresses personal and environmental safety requirements. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 lab

CON-211  Carpentry Fundamentals I  (3)  

Introduces the terminology and methods used in modern residential and commercial construction systems. Offers hands-on instruction in insulation and building envelope systems, exterior finishes including roofing, window and exterior door installation, siding, and cornice construction. Uses project-based lab exercises to emphasize proper technique and component recognition. Identifies proper and safe tool and equipment use. Outlines the soft skills necessary for success in the construction industry. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 1.5 lecture, 3.0 lab

CON-212  Carpentry Fundamentals II  (3)  

Introduces the terminology and methods used in modern residential construction systems and offers hands-on instruction in the framing of floor systems, wall systems, roof systems, and stair construction. Uses project-based lab exercises to emphasize proper technique and component recognition. Identifies proper and safe tool use. Outlines the soft skills necessary for success in the construction industry. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 1.5 lecture, 3.0 lab

Prerequisite: Take CON-190 or CON-211. Take CON-211.

CON-237  Construction Project  (3)  

Focuses on teamwork and leadership by rotating students through being team members and crew leaders in building a construction project. Emphasizes productivity and supervisory tasks. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 6.0 lab

CON-239  Construction Project  (3)  

Focuses on teamwork and leadership by rotating students through being team members and crew leaders in building a construction project. Emphasizes productivity and supervisory tasks. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 6.0 lab

CON-257  Pre-Construction Services  (3)  

Studies the preconstruction phase of a building construction project by focusing on conceptual cost estimating, schedule analysis, and constructability reviews. Provides skills in the coordination of organizing, planning, controlling and monitoring resources, procedures and protocols related to residential and commercial projects. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 3.0 lecture

Prerequisite: Take CON-101. Take CON-322.

CON-272  Commercial Construction  (3)  

Provides introductory lab experience in tool and equipment use, and basic commercial construction procedures. Focuses on safety and foundational elements in a variety of systems. Hands-on lab activities include foundations, floor and wall systems, concrete, masonry, plumbing, HVAC and electrical. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 lab

CON-273  Carpentry Lab I  (6)  

Introduces the tools and terminology used in basic framing and gives students hands-on framing instruction. Focuses on frame walls, windows, doors and other standard structures. Emphasizes correct materials and methods. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 3.0 lecture, 6.0 lab

CON-274  Carpentry Lab II  (8)  

Continues Carpentry Lab I. Explores the uses of modern construction materials, correct tool usage, accuracy and techniques in a hands-on lab. Continues strengthening basic carpentry skills, then expands to incorporate layout, framing, concrete form building, complex roof structures, stair building, metal stud framing and basic interior trim. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 4.0 lecture, 8.0 lab

CON-311  Building Construction Systems I  (3)  

Introduces the materials, methods and terminology used in modern construction. Focuses on general knowledge of a broad range of building materials and framing systems, and their coordination with other construction systems. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B; Comments: A classroom-based discussion course that includes field trips to construction sites

Hours per week: 3.0 lecture

CON-312  Building Construction Systems II - Carpentry  (2)  

Continues the study of materials, methods and terminology used in modern construction. Focuses especially on mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems and their coordination with other systems. Also studies the use of charts and tables to evaluate system requirements. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 2.0 lecture

Prerequisite: Take CON-311.

CON-313  Structures and Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Systems  (3)  

Provides a fundamental knowledge of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. Analyzes HVAC, lighting, plumbing, fire and security systems regarding their impact on building design, space planning, construction cost, and sustainable design. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 3.0 lecture

Prerequisite: Take CON-101.

CON-316  Sustainable Construction Science  (3)  

Provides an understanding of building science theory and applications in residential and commercial construction. Discusses sustainable design issues such as climate, environment, durability, air and moisture transfer. Teaches traditional building methods as well as newer technologies of construction. Offers knowledge and resources beneficial to future certifications in many related industry credentials. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 3.0 lecture

Prerequisite: Take CON-101.

CON-321  Residential Estimating  (2)  

Introduces the basic principles and skills necessary to develop estimates for residential projects. Concentrates on calculating material and labor quantities. Introduces techniques for pricing. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 1.0 lecture, 2.0 lab

CON-322  Estimating for Construction and Architecture  (3)  

Introduces the basic principles and skills necessary to develop estimates for residential projects. Concentrates on calculating material and labor quantities. Introduces techniques for pricing. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 3.0 lecture

Prerequisite: Take CON-101.

CON-324  Advanced Construction Estimating  (3)  

Introduces the basic principles and skills needed to develop a complete estimate for commercial construction projects through use of spreadsheets and interactive estimating software. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 3.0 lecture

Prerequisite: Take CON-322.

CON-328  Construction Documentation  (3)  

Facilitates analysis and use of construction documents, including drawings and specifications. Provides an overview of procedural, legal, contractual, and regulatory issues that govern those documents. Teaches the value of, and difference between, documents at various stages of the design and construction processes. Prepares examples of contract documentation. Contrasts roles and responsibilities within the delivery process. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 3.0 lecture

Prerequisite: Take CON-101.

CON-330  Construction Capstone  (3)  

Demonstrates knowledge and skills acquired throughout the construction management program of study. Simulates construction project management processes on a commercial and/or residential project including a student presentation of their comprehensive construction project binder. Addresses project cost estimating, planning and scheduling, project control processes, construction safety, and risk management. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 lab

Prerequisite: Take CON-328.

Corequisite: Take CON-400.

CON-331  Construction Materials Science  (3)  

Provides an overview of various performance criteria that must be solved in order to design a structure. Emphasizes material science, site design/survey, and structural characteristics. Formulates solutions within a set of tolerances for a variety of design situations and mathematically justifies those solutions. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 3.0 lecture

Prerequisite: Take CON-101.

CON-400  Construction Services, Project Close-Out and Commissioning  (3)  

Introduces the functions of project management in the construction industry. Studies the defining, planning, executing and closing phases of a project. Focuses on teamwork, leadership and problem solving. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 3.0 lecture

Prerequisite: Take CON-257. Take CON-324.

CON-410  Architectural Modeling  (3)  

Utilizes 3D modeling software in order to explore and recreate common building units, assemblies, and materials; examine typical and best-practice building assemblies; articulate common regulations and standards that limit building design and construction; create massing diagrams of various building configurations. Solidifies plan reading skills. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 3.0 lecture

Prerequisite: Take CON-101.

CON-924  Honors Project  (1)  

Allows a qualified honors student to pursue a special concentration of study under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires completion of an honors project contract. May be taken more than once. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B; Comments: Requires approval of supervising professor and dean

Hours per week: 1.0 lecture

CON-928  Independent Study  (1-3)  

Provides readings, papers and basic research or other projects under the individual guidance of a staff member. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B; Comments: Permission of instructor, dean

Hours per week: 1.0 lecture

CON-932  Internship  (1-6)  

Provides full-time work in an approved, construction-related position that includes instructor visitations/evaluations and employer evaluations of performance. Provides experience in planning and production monitoring. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B; Comments: All first-year courses or permission of instructor

Hours per week: 4.0 internship