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BLD 20 - Introduction to Plumbing
Presents an introduction to the principles and practices of plumbing as related to light construction. Enables students to plan, prepare for, and install supply and waste lines, and install kitchen and bath fixtures.
Lecture 1 hour. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
2 credits
BLD 39 - Building Code for Carpenters
Introduces the purpose and interpretation of local, state, and national building codes applicable to carpenters.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
BLD 95 - Topics In
Provides an opportunity to explore topical areas of interest to or needed by students.
May be used also for special honors courses. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
BLD 101 - Construction Management I
Presents overviews of all phases of construction project management. Introduces students to philosophy, responsibilities, methodology, and techniques of the construction process. Introduces topics related to the construction and design industries, organizations, construction contracts, bidding procedures, insurance, taxes, bonding, cost accounting, business methods, including basic computer usage, safety and general project management procedures.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
BLD 109 - Understanding and Managing Project Costs
Includes construction estimates, who controls project costs, labor cost control, reporting and analyzing actual costs, loss prevention, cost control strategies, and post-project evaluation.
Lecture 2 hours per week.
2 credits
BLD 110 - Introduction to Construction
Covers basic knowledge and requirements needed in the construction trades. Introduces use of tools and equipment, with emphasis on construction safety, including personal and tool safety. Provides a working introduction to basic blueprint reading and fundamentals of construction mathematics.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
BLD 111 - Blueprint Reading and the Building Code
Introduces reading and interpreting various kinds of blueprints and working drawings with reference to local, state, and national building codes.
Lecture 2 hours.Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
BLD 117 - Contract Documents and Construction Law
Covers contractual relationships; contract forms and documents; managing general conditions; good documentation processes; differing site conditions; time impacts; negotiation of resolutions.
Lecture 2-3 hours per week.
2-3 credits
BLD 122 - Green Building Practices
Introduces techniques that reduce the environmental impact of building construction and operation. Uses the analysis of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system.
Lecture 1 hour. Total 1 hour per week.
1 credits
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BLD 131 - Carpentry Framing I
Presents an introduction to carpentry with emphasis on residential construction. Covers safety on the job, appropriate use of power tools, basic construction techniques, an introduction to working drawings, and the team approach to residential buildings. Presents an introduction to selection and use of ladders and scaffolds, basic form removal and demolition, and use of basic first aid. Includes the concepts of carpentry framing for floors, walls, ceilings, porches and decks. Includes theoretical and practical application as well as the concepts of carpentry framing for roof, truss installation and door and window installation. Part I of II.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 4 hours. Total 7 hours per week.
5 credits
BLD 132 - Carpentry Framing II
Presents an introduction to carpentry with emphasis on residential construction. Covers safety on the job, appropriate use of power tools, basic construction techniques, an introduction to working drawings, and the team approach to residential buildings. Presents an introduction to selection and use of ladders and scaffolds, basic form removal and demolition, and use of basic first aid. Includes the concepts of carpentry framing for floors, walls, ceilings, porches and decks. Includes theoretical and practical application as well as the concepts of carpentry framing for roof, truss installation and door and window installation. Part II of II.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 4 hours. Total 7 hours per week.
5 credits
BLD 133 - Carpentry Framing III
Continues the study of carpentry with emphasis on residential construction. Covers safety on the job, appropriate use of power tools, basic construction techniques, an introduction to working drawings, and the team approach to residential buildings. Continues the study of selection and use of ladders and scaffolds, basic form removal and demolition, and use of basic first aid. Includes the concepts of carpentry framing for floors, walls, ceilings, porches and decks. Includes theoretical and practical application as well as the concepts of carpentry framing for roof, truss installation and door and window installation. Part I of II.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 4 hours. Total 7 hours per week.
5 credits
BLD 135 - Building Construction Carpentry
Presents woodworking technologies in carpentry. Introduces types of framing and building materials and equipment used in residential and light commercial construction. Emphasizes the development of skills in the safe use of hand and machine woodworking tools and development of construction terminology. Includes laboratory involvement in wall framing and carpentry practices.
Lecture 1-2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 3-4 hours per week.
2-3 credits
BLD 140 - Principles of Plumbing Trade I
Studies the plumbing trade, the structure of the plumbing trade, apprenticeship standards, job safety, tools of the trade, the approved installation of plumbing materials, types of sanitary drainage pipe and piping layout of sanitary piping.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
BLD 141 - Principles of Plumbing Trade II
Studies the sizing of sanitary drainage and vent piping for single family dwelling, two-story, single-family dwellings, duplex residence, apartment building, and multi-story building.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
BLD 142 - Principles of Plumbing Trade III
Studies sizing of water piping and control valves, piping materials, piping layout, and the proper installation of water piping. Explains how to identify cross control and the critical levels of contamination, means of protection against back flow, installing back flow preventers, and back flow preventive testing.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
BLD 143 - Plumbing Blueprint Reading
Focuses on blueprint reading, plan reviews, schematic drawing, isometric view drawing and architectural blueprint reading on single-, two-family and multi-story dwelling for drainage, vents and water piping design.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
BLD 144 - Plumbing Code and Certification Preparation
Teaches the use of the plumbing code standard book (BOCA), references standards, the reading and use of charts and tables, and preparation for the journeyman's certification and the cross-connection control certification test.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
BLD 147 - Principles of Block and Bricklaying
Presents fundamentals of masonry practices. Includes foundations, block laying skills, mortar mixing, measuring, and introduction to bricklaying techniques. Emphasizes hands-on applications of block and brick techniques.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
BLD 148 - Principles of Block and Bricklaying II
Studies skills involved in block and bricklaying, including corners, windows, arches, and decorative work. Emphasizes developing speed and accuracy with materials.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
BLD 159 - Mechanical Code and Certification Preparation
Discusses local, state, and national building codes as they relate to the installation, maintenance and repair of mechanical systems in residential and commercial buildings. Includes gas and oil burners, venting, flues and sizing of systems.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
BLD 165 - Construction Field Operations
Introduces areas of construction field management which relate directly to on-the-job requirements of construction operations viewed from the construction superintendent's standpoint. Includes theories of project management and field supervision; utilization of equipment, labor and material; construction site development; requirements of field scheduling; management input requirements; job recording and documentation; supervision responsibility.
Lecture 1 hour. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
2 credits
BLD 188 - Introduction to Construction Supervision
Teaches an appreciation for the demanding job of construction supervision, covering such topics as scheduling, motivation, poor and subordinate relations, and working with other trades.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
BLD 190 - Coordinated Internship
Supervises on-the-job training in selected business, industrial or service firms coordinated by the college.
Credit/practice ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
BLD 193 - Studies In
Covers new content not covered in existing courses in the discipline. Allows instructor to explore content and instructional methods to assess the course's viability as a permanent offering.
Variable hours per week.
1-5 credits
BLD 195 - Topics In
Provides an opportunity to explore topical areas of interest to or needed by students.
May be used also for special honors courses. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
BLD 198 - Seminar and Project
Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student's occupational objectives and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
BLD 199 - Supervised Study
Assigns problems for independent study incorporating previous instruction and supervised by the instructor.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
BLD 200 - Sustainable Construction
Teaches students the specialized construction management best practices that must be utilized when managing a sustainable project. Includes industry standards for green construction as identified by popular building rating systems.
Lecture 2-3 hours per week.
2-3 credits
BLD 215 - OSHA 30 Construction Safety
Covers all topics included in the OSHA 30-hour course. Prerequisite: OSHA 10 Certification.
Lecture 2 hours per week.
2 credits
BLD 217 - Managing the Construction Project
Introduces project delivery systems; managing and understanding risk; planning the work; working the plan; managing methods and materials; understanding finances; working with project partners; understanding people involved in the process. Prerequisites: BLD 247 and BLD 109.
Lecture 2 hours per week.
2 credits
BLD 231 - Construction Estimating I
Focuses on materials take-off and computing quantities from working drawings and specifications. Includes methods for computing quantities of concrete, steel, masonry, roofing, excavation. Deals with pricing building components, materials and processes, as well as transportation and handling costs, mark-up discount procedures, equipment cost and labor rates.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
BLD 247 - Construction Planning and Scheduling
Introduces principles of planning and scheduling of a construction project. Includes sequence of events and processes on a construction site. Studies scheduling techniques including the critical path method.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
BLD 290 - Coordinated Internship
Supervises on-the-job training in selected business, industrial or service firms coordinated by the college.
Credit/practice ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
BLD 295 - Topics In
Provides an opportunity to explore topical areas of interest to or needed by students.
May be used also for special honors courses. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
BLD 298 - Seminar and Project
Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student's occupational objectives and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits