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  • Objectives
    This dynamic three-year program gives the student broad and thorough training in all phases of the building industry. The training is directly related to industry standards and working conditions, with challenging projects encompassing building design, building performance, working drawings, building systems, estimating, building code analysis, specifications, computer modeling, and project management. Founded on project based learning principles, use is made of discussion groups, seminars, field trips to building projects and practical assignments, under the guidance of specialists with current and relevant experience. The program is thorough with coverage of Ontario Building and Plumbing Codes, Occupational Health & Safety Act and Canadian Electrical Code and is oriented towards the unique nature of the local construction industry, which is also used as a teaching resource.
  • Practical experience
    The optional Co-op stream provides an opportunity for the practical application of the theoretical constructs learned in the classroom through two four-month work term experiences.
  • Academic Title
    Architecture - Construction Engineering Technology Ontario College Advanced Diploma
  • Course description
    Level One
    ARCH1020     Working Drawings I
    Description: This is an introductory course to Architectural Working Drawings. The student is introduced to construction terminology and to basic hand drafting techniques and conventions including sketching, line weights, linetypes, and hatching, with emphasis on preparing simple residential construction drawings.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    ARCH1170     Architectural CAD I
    Description: This course introduces the student to CAD software and its use in the production of Architectural Design and Working Drawings. The course includes the preparation, organization and management of a drawing file as well as the commands and techniques necessary to prepare drawings efficiently and accurately. These skills will be applied in subsequent areas of study and future work in technology.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    CIVL1080     Statics
    Description: This course applies the mathematics of trigonometry and vectors to the analysis of statically determinant building structures. Students utilize Newtonian physics and the mechanics of rigid bodies to develop the concepts of static equilibrium and the free body diagram. These are used to analyze two-dimensional structural building elements, and their connections. The structural elements are idealized as simple beams, frames, cantilevered beams and trusses carrying point, uniformly distributed and linearly varying loads.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    CONS1160     Construction Materials I
    Description: This course introduces the student to the basic materials, methods and concepts used in the building industry.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    MATH1130     Mathematics I (Construction)
    Description: This course provides an extensive review and upgrading of some of the topics taken by students in high school. Emphasis is placed on concepts in algebra, geometry, functions and trigonometry required in subsequent work in construction technology. The material covered includes fundamental arithmetic and algebraic operations, Euclidean geometry, trigonometry and vectors. Functional notation and the graphic representation of a variety of functions are discussed. This course also covers such topics as exponents and radicals. In addition, a number of different equation types are solved, including trigonometric, exponential and quadratic equations.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4

    PHYS1040     Concepts in Classical Physics
    Description: This course traces developments in science including improvements in the standards of units of measurement, development of causal relationships in nature and the understanding of the molecular behaviour responsible for common physical phenomenon. The course examines in detail the classical physics of thermal energy, heat transfer, thermal dynamics, psychrometry and fluid mechanics. Emphasis is placed on integrating the knowledge of physical scientific concepts with their application to practical construction problems.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    SURV1020     Surveying I
    Description:
    This course introduces the student to land surveying as it applies to the building construction industry. Student teams learn to use the surveyor's level, transit and tape to measure field conditions. Teams record this data then take this information and produce drawings of profiles, contours and boundary surveys. The Total Station Survey instrument is introduced.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4

    Level Two
    ARCH1030     Working Drawings II
    Description: In this course the student expands their knowledge of Working Drawings by exploring construction techniques for small commercial structures. Emphasis is placed on detailing specific building elements and building systems as they relate to masonry construction. A partial set of Architectural Working Drawings is prepared for a small commercial building.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: ARCH1020, ARCH1170

    ARCH1060     Principles of Design
    Description: This course introduces the student to the role of the designer in society. It leads the student through the process of design problem solving, effective development and communication of a design idea, and presentation and final delivery. As a vehicle of learning, small scale and residential oriented architectural design problems which incorporate sustainability, renewable energy, and responsible design practices will be the focus.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    ARCH1180     Architectural CAD II
    Description: In this course, advanced techniques are introduced to add speed, efficiency and otherwise enhance the production of Architectural Design and Working Drawings. The student will be introduced to parametric drawing using AutoCAD Architecture specific features and will use these features for Design Development by creating intelligent building objects and 3 Dimensional CAD models. The student will also be introduced to the visualization and rendering capabilities of the software, which will be used to create highly photo-realistic renderings of 3 Dimensional CAD Models.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: ARCH1170

    CIVL2130     Mechanics of Materials
    Description: This course uses mechanics of deformable solids to develop the concept of stress and strain. The mechanical behaviour of materials, failure mechanisms and structural stability are explored. This knowledge is utilized to determine the failure capacities of axially loaded structural elements and bending members.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: CIVL1080

    CODE1030     Ontario Building Code I
    Description: This course introduces the student to the Ontario Building Code Act and Parts 1, 2 and 3 of the Regulation. Requirements of Part 3 respecting occupancy classification, fire separations, safety within floor areas, spatial separation and exposure, and exits are thoroughly covered.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    COMM1180     Effective Technical Communications I
    Description: Recommended: The course content is based on the assumption that students can demonstrate competency in the use of the English language.

    NOTE: This is course does not qualify for a General Education exemption.

    This level-one course is designed to introduce students to industrial and business communications. Emphasis is placed on analyzing audience, determining purpose and effective ordering of ideas for various written communications such as letters and memoranda in the technical environment. As well, all students are expected to participate in group work throughout the semester and are expected to give an oral presentation.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    CONS1170     Building Science
    Description: This course explores concepts in physics utilized in the construction industry. The student is further introduced to specific studies of light and fire. These topics form the basis for later technical study in the program. Emphasis is placed on integrating the knowledge of physical scientific concepts with their application to practical construction problems and to applicable building code requirements.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    MATH1140     Mathematics II (Construction)
    Description: This course is a continuation of Mathematics I. Students study a variety of algebraic techniques for solving problems in architecture and construction applications. It includes the following topics: ratio and variation, plane analytic geometry, determinants for solving linear equations, matrices, approximate methods for area calculations, properties of geometric sections found in the construction industry, probability and statistics, and linear regression.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4
    Pre-Requisites: MATH1130

    Level Three
    ARCH2030     Working Drawings III
    Description: This course coordinates light wood frame construction in the form of a single family residential design. Each student will produce a set of construction working drawings from a specific presentation design provided to them.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: ARCH1030, ARCH1170

    ARCH2040     Architectural Design I
    Description:
    This course requires the student to develop a design solution for a small industrial/commercial building incorporating sustainable and responsible design practices. It takes the student through the various stages of the design process in order to gain an understanding for the complexities of developing a project on a specific site to suit a specific set of owner requirements. The student must research, analyze and bring together the major building components into a coordinated and complete set of design drawings and models.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: ARCH1030, ARCH1060, ARCH1180
    CoRequisites: ARCH2100

    ARCH2100     Architectural CAD III
    Description: This course is designed to enhance the skills learned in Architectural CAD II by further developing the 3D CAD Model and expanding on the visualization and rendering capabilities of various software applications to produce highly photo-realistic renderings and short rendered videos of the 3 Dimensional CAD model.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: ARCH1180

    CIVL2140     Structural Loads
    Description: This course examines Part 4 of the Ontario Building Code. Students are introduced to the Limit States Design principle. Loads to which buildings are exposed are examined in detail. Code procedures and equations are used to calculate the factored design loads for building design.
    Hours: 15
    Credits: 1

    CIVL2200     Structural Design (Steel)
    Description: This course explores framing concepts, size selection and design of structural steel. Students learn the principals of economical framing and preparation of design drawings. Selection of connection design and development of shop drawings are included.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: CIVL2130
    CoRequisites: CIVL2140

    CODE2010     Ontario Building Code II
    Description: This course offers an extensive examination of Part 9 of the Ontario Building Code as applied to house construction. Topics covered include soils, footings, foundations, drainage, wood frame construction, thermal insulation, drywall, roofing, siding and brickwork.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    CONS2040     Building Services I
    Description: This course introduces basic heating and cooling systems for buildings. Design concepts and system selection are examined, including spatial requirements and capital/operating costs. Energy conserving strategies are introduced and evaluated in the context of overall building energy consumption and sustainability. Heat loss and heat gain calculations for residential buildings are conducted for sizing of heating/cooling equipment and H.R.A.I. (Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute) certification for Residential Heat Gain/Loss may be attained. Septic system design requirements and procedures are studied and sample layouts completed in compliance with Part 8 of the Ontario Building Code.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

          Electives: General Education

    Description: Student must complete a minimum of 36 Hours

    Level Four
    ARCH2050     Working Drawings IV
    Description: This course is designed to familiarize the student with the nature of light industrial construction utilizing a structural steel skeleton with an insulated steel wall assembly. The student will take the design developed in the course "Architectural Design I" and work out the construction systems and details required to construct the building on a specific site. The student will organize this information and present it in clear and concise manner in the form of a set of construction working drawings.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: ARCH1170, ARCH2030, ARCH2040

    CIVL2190     Structural Design (Concrete)
    Description: This course explores the materials and construction practices utilized by the concrete construction industry. The student is introduced to the principles of structural design of plain and reinforced concrete elements including footings, foundation walls and piers, slabs and beams. The student learns accepted practice and the code requirements of concrete materials, mix design, and construction methods and procedures. The preparation of shop drawings and bar lists is discussed.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4
    Pre-Requisites: CIVL2130

    CODE2020     Ontario Building Code III
    Description: This course identifies building code requirements that have major construction cost implication for large commercial, industrial and residential projects. Regulations respecting interconnected floor spaces, sprinklers, standpipe and hose systems, fire-fighting provisions, fire alarm systems and health requirements are covered.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: CODE1030

    CONS2020     Contracts And Specifications
    Description: This is an introduction to contract law and a detailed analysis of the function of written specifications as part of contract documents. Students will gain experience using project specifications to extract and record construction information.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    CONS2030     Building Services II
    Description: This course studies energy-conserving ventilation and heating systems for residential and small commercial projects. Principles of air movement are introduced, leading to design of efficient duct systems for heating, cooling and ventilation. The effect of building design, orientation, shading, etc. on the overall environmental impact is analyzed. Certification for HRAI (Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute) ? Air System Design (Residential) and ASHRAE student membership may be attained.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: CONS2040

    CONS2050     Estimating I
    Description: This course introduces the student to cost estimating as it relates to the building construction industry. The students are introduced to the estimating profession, and gain an appreciation of the roles and responsibilities of an estimator. Estimating fundamentals and skills are gained through completing detailed quantity surveying and take off for a small residential building. Student teams obtain project scheduling experience by monitoring the progress of a construction project, and preparing site progress reports and in-class presentations.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2
    CoRequisites: CONS2020

    LIBS1340     Law, Ethics and Professional Practice
    Description: This course will cover, in a structured manner, relevant topics and case studies in law, ethics and professional practice related to the work of professionals in Canada. The students will develop proper understanding of the social, historical and philosophical contexts underlying a profession’s legal responsibilities, foundations of ethical decision making processes, principles of professional liability and the general duties of professionals towards the society.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    Level Five
    ARCH2060     Masonry Design and Detailing
    Description: This course will introduce the student to the structural design of masonry and apply these fundamentals to masonry detailing.
    Hours: 15
    Credits: 1

    ARCH3020     Working Drawings V
    Description: In this course the student will analyze and develop details for a series of critical issues related to the production of construction working drawings.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    CoRequisites: ARCH2060

    ARCH3030     Architectural Team Design
    Description: The student participates in a team to develop a "Design/Build" proposal for a multi-storey building. The project is taken through the stages of research, analysis and synthesis to develop a rational, coordinated and complete design solution incorporating green and sustainable initiatives suitable for this building type. Professional quality drawings, renderings and models (produced both by hand and utilizing CADD) will be developed to represent the design solution which will subsequently be presented in a public forum.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: ARCH2040, ARCH2050
    CoRequisites: ARCH3020

    ARCH3050     Building Performance Studies

    Description: This course presents a comprehensive study of the building enclosure and its reaction to heat and moisture in the Canadian climate. Several technical analysis techniques, such as graphic and arithmetic thermal gradient methods are used to determine dew point locations and help identify other potential problem areas in envelope design. Students research new energy efficient and green building systems, and present their findings through an oral presentation and written report. Technical reports are prepared on a typical building envelope problem(s), which identify the causes, provides a technical and analysis and makes practical recommendations for rectification of the unacceptable envelope performance.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    CODE3040     Ontario Building Code IV - Advanced Code Analysis
    Description: This course covers code regulations concerning non-combustible construction, fire-resistance ratings, flame-spread ratings, barrier free design, high buildings and building inspection requirements.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: CODE1030

    CONS3010     Mechanical Design
    Description: This course examines plumbing systems, DWV (drain/waste/vent) components and design fundamentals using Part 7 of the Ontario Building Code (Plumbing Code). The student will complete the design of a water supply and DWV system for a multi-storey building in conjunction with the Architectural Team Design course. Water supply, pressure piping and valving, backflow prevention and hot water supply systems component and design applications are studied. Elevator systems are introduced in the context of options available and design considerations, and sample designs are carried out. Requirements and calculations for storm water drainage design are also analyzed.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: CONS2030
    CoRequisites: ARCH3030

    CONS3020     Estimating II (Computerized)
    Description: This course builds on the estimating fundamentals taught in Estimating I, and will teach the students how to generate labour production rates and effort time for different aspects of work. Students will complete practical labour oriented exercises and report on the resulting statistics for the labour production and effort required. Quantity surveying and take off skills will be further developed through the estimating of a larger commercial project. The student will be introduced to various electronic take off technology and estimating software and to apply it in the cost estimating of various projects.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: CONS2050

    ELEC3100     Electrical Design I
    Description: This course first investigates electrical power from generation to building systems (utilization). A basic familiarization of the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) is practised. The student is introduced to the basics of electrical theory and its laws such as, Ohm’s Law and Kirchhoff’s Laws. Practical applications of this theory are applied to conductors, resistors, series circuits, parallel circuits and series-parallel circuits. This knowledge is then related to the CEC with design specifications in mind. Various applications of conductors, cables, conduits and raceways are discussed relative to pertinent code rules. Grounding and bonding requirements are discussed with respect to safety and the CEC. A basic single phase service is calculated in accordance with CEC demand factors and rules. The basics of designing a complete electrical system for a residential property are discussed relative to the CEC.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    Level Six
    ARCH3040     Team Project Documentation
    Description: In this course the student works as part of a team to develop a set of construction working drawings for a project designed in Architectural Team Design. The student must cooperate in the production of Architectural and Structural working drawings as well as engineering notes and an outline specification for the project..
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: ARCH2050, ARCH3020, ARCH3030

    ARCH3060     Facilities Management
    Description: This course introduces the student to Facilities Management both as a profession and a process and the role it plays in the construction and corporate working environments. Course content will examine various aspects of developing, managing and operating buildings including resource utilization and efficiency, green certification, building commissioning, and eco-efficiency economics. Students will develop a design for the relocation of a corporate office. This project will use the LEED? Corporate Interiors document as a design guide. Issues explored will include: what constitutes base building; workplace design including indoor environmental quality, space planning, systems integration, and responsible material selection; and, workstation design including a review of systems furniture, lighting, ergonomics, and anthropometrics.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    ARCH3070     Building Environment Design
    Description: This course examines HVAC systems and associated design principles and applications as applied to the building industry. Large central station air-conditioning systems and their individual components are examined with respect to suitability, performance and other related criteria, including air stream mixing for dehumidification, cooling and ventilation. Hot water heating systems (hydronic) are analyzed and designs completed for typical buildings. Heat pumps are studied and design principles of closed-loop, commercial heat pump systems using manufacturer's technical data, are used for specific building applications. Principles of fire protection and sprinkler system design for building projects are presented. Capital and operating costs are discussed.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: CONS3010

    CIVL2150     Structural Design (Wood)
    Description: Utilizing knowledge gained from the prerequisite Structural Loads course, students proceed to design timber and Glulam structural members. This includes stud walls, beams, columns and trusses.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: CIVL2130

    CODE3050     Ontario Building Code V
    Description: This course provides experience in code analysis as it applies to the development of working drawings for the multi-million dollar seniors apartment building project currently under study in the Team Project Documentation course
    Hours: 15
    Credits: 1
    Pre-Requisites: ARCH3030, CODE2020, CODE3040

    CONS3030     Estimating III
    Description: This course will see the student work in a team, in competition with other student teams from the program to prepare and close a competitive bid for a medium sized construction project. Each team will work with their own mentor, a professional in the cost estimating industry. The teams will work under simulated bid closing conditions. This course includes a through review of the project tender documents, contractor bonding, insurance requirements, and resulting costs and premiums. The estimating profession will be promoted through the use of guest speakers and field trips.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: CONS3020

    ELEC3110     Electrical Design II
    Description: This course builds on the knowledge gained in Electrical Design 1. The student is introduced the concept of Alternating Current (AC) in single phase and 3 phase connections. Ohm’s Law and Kirchhoff’s Laws are applied to AC circuits containing resistance, inductance and capacitance. Power factor and its correction are discussed and calculated. The basic theory of transformers, motors and other common electrical devices is investigated and applied to the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC). The basics of designing a complete electrical system for a complex commercial/residential building are discussed relative to the CEC. The student applies this knowledge when designing the electrical system for their ?team design project?. The course then investigates lighting systems, lighting sources in exterior and interior applications. An emphasis is placed on lighting levels and quality of light.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: ELEC3100
    CoRequisites: ARCH3040

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