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  • Objectives
    The program prepares students for a career in the residential construction industry. Courses are designed to provide the technical knowledge required to perform the construction, estimating and scheduling associated with the building of bungalows, 2-storey houses, duplexes and townhouses. A large part of the program is devoted to the acquisition of "hands on" skills pertaining to this field.
  • Academic Title
    Construction Engineering Technician - Supervisor Ontario College Diploma
  • Course description
    Level 1    Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • CONS-1001    Formwork and Framing     3.00
    • CONS-1002    Construction Tools     3.00
    • CONS-1003    Construction Methods     3.00
    • CONS-1005    Construction Drawings     2.00
    • MATS-1001    Construction Materials     3.00
    • SURV-1007    Residential Surveying 1     3.00
    • SFTY-1029    Health & Safety     3.00

    Level 2    Credits

    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • WRIT-1039    Reason & Writing 1-Technology     3.00
    • CONS-5014    Framing Methods     4.50
    • CONS-3002    Construction Methods     3.00
    • MATS-3002    Construction Materials     3.00
    • CONS-1011    Quantity Surveying     3.00
    • SURV-5004    Residential Surveying 2     3.00

    Level 3    Credits

    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • COMP-1327    Computer Applications     3.00
    • CONS-3007    Construction Methods     3.00
    • ENGR-1003    Environmental Engineering-Electrical 1     2.00
    • MECH-1079    Environmental Engineering-HVAC     3.00
    • MGMT-1013    Construction Office Procedure     3.00
    • CONS-3014    Quantity Surveying & Estimating     3.00
    • LAWS-1030    Contracts in Society     3.00

    Level 4    Credits

    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • CONS-5011    Construction Methods     3.00
    • ECON-3004    Building Economics-Residential     4.00
    • CONS-5010    Quantity Surveying & Estimating     3.00
    • MECH-1078    Environmental Engineering-Plumbing     3.00
    • COMP-3066    Computer Aided Design-SoftPlan     3.00
    • LAWS-5004    Codes & Specifications     3.00

    Gen Ed - Electives

    Take 3 General Education Credits -
    Normally Taken in Level 4

    COMP-1327 -  Computer Applications

    This course will provide a study of word processing and spreadsheet functions as utilized by the construction industry. This study will be applied to the efficient creation of reports and to the utilization of spreadsheets to determine construction project related data.

    COMP-3066 -  Computer Aided Design-SoftPlan

    This course will introduce the Construction Technician student to the SoftPlan computer aided design program, which will enable them to access and manipulate residential construction drawings using this popular design software.

    CONS-1001 -  Formwork and Framing
    In this course, students will perform both physical and mental tasks that would be expected by a general carpenter on commercial and residential construction sites. This course will cover formwork and framing. In formwork, form pressure, analysis of form systems as well as the erection, dismantling, and transporting of forms will be covered. In framing, framing materials, beam design, joist selection, and sub-floor requirements will be covered.

    CONS-1002 -  Construction Tools

    In this course, students will study the proper maintenance and safe operation of carpentry hand tools, select and use portable power tools, including circular saws, sabre saws, reciprocating saws, drills (with stand for press), routers, planers, sanders, screwdrivers and nailers. Select and use stationary woodworking equipment - table saw, radial arm saw, jointer, and thickness planer.

    CONS-1003 -  Construction Methods

    This 45 hour introductory course will provide the student with the general knowledge and skills required to build and/or supervise the construction of small and intermediate size buildings (low rise construction). Construction methods as they relate to investigating a site for a building, excavating, formwork for footings and walls, constructing foundations in concrete, masonry block and pressure treated wood, dewatering sites, and framing the ground floor will be investigated.

    CONS-1005 -  Construction Drawings

    The purpose of this course is to introduce the students to the basics of reading building construction blueprints for residential projects. In addition, students will study various materials and construction techniques as they related to the reading and interpretation of blueprints.

    CONS-1011 -  Quantity Surveying

    In this course, the student will be introduced to general quantity surveying principles, and basic rules for take-off. Students will calculate lengths, areas, and volumes for a single storey residential/commercial building on a level site. Included will be the calculation of quantities in the following area: site work, excavation, concrete, formwork, and masonry. Students will incorporate blue-print reading, code requirements and safety regulations in preparing the above quantities.

    CONS-3002 -  Construction Methods

    In this course, students will be provided with the general knowledge and skills required to lay out and construct floors, walls, ceilings and roofs for residential projects. In addition, stair construction, door and window installation and exterior finishes will be studied.

    CONS-3007 -  Construction Methods

    This course will provide the construction technician student with the knowledge and skills required to organize and supervise the interior finishing trades for a typical residential construction project. Students will examine methods of insulating and finishing the interior of a residence, including drywall, trim, interior doors, hardware, flooring and painting methods.

    CONS-3014 -  Quantity Surveying & Estimating
    In this course, students will take-off and prepare quantities for residential buildings. Included will be the applications of principles and recognized methods for take-off. The students will prepare quantities in the areas of - site work, concrete, framing, and masonry. After preparing the quantities, the students will integrate material, labour, and equipment unit pricing for the above.

    CONS-5010 -  Quantity Surveying & Estimating

    The student will be able to take-off and extend quantities, determine labour production and build up unit costs for small commercial and residential project. The work to be covered may include concrete and formwork (footing and foundation), masonry, rough carpentry (framing), insulation, (moisture, air, and thermal) and interior finishes (dry wall, floor covering, etc.)

    CONS-5011 -  Construction Methods
    This course will provide students with the opportunity to continue developing their skills in the planning, organizing and supervision of residential and small commercial projects. Students will further study the requirements of the Ontario Building Code, produce site visit reports and examine alternatives to conventional construction techniques. Interior finishes, exterior finishes and hard and soft landscaping elements will be further studied. The co-ordination, supervision and inspection of subtrade work will be covered.

    CONS-5014 -  Framing Methods

    In this course, students will perform both physical and mental tasks that would be expected of a general carpenter on residential and commercial construction projects. Students will study the proper maintenance and safe operation of stationary woodworking equipment. Floor framing, wall framing and roof framing will be studied. Door and window installation complete with associated hardware and trim will also be covered.

    ECON-3004 -  Building Economics-Residential
    The design and construction of buildings does not occur without considering feasibility and investment aspects. This course will provide the student with the fundamentals of real estate transactions and financing, property rights, and investment analysis. Title searches, the legal system, mortgage calculations, and preliminary budget estimates will also be studied.

    ENGR-1003 -  Environmental Engineering-Electrical 1
    This electrical course will give Construction Technicians and Construction Technologists a basic understanding of electrical installation requirements and electrical terminology as it applies to the construction trades.

    LAWS-1030 -  Contracts in Society

    This course will provide the student with an understanding of contractual rights and responsibilities in Canadian Society, as well as an historical understanding of the development of legal principles of contract law in Canada. This course will also focus on understanding the individual's relationship with others in society as governed by contract law.

    LAWS-5004 -  Codes & Specifications

    The purpose of this course is to provide the Construction Technician with an understanding of the various codes and regulations produced and enforced by all levels of government which effect the construction process. This course will also provide the student with an understanding of the structure and the role of specifications in the construction process.

    MATS-1001 -  Construction Materials
    The production, physical characteristics and application of construction materials will be studied. The course will include soils, concrete, steel and masonry products. Laboratory experiment for above materials will be conducted by students. Further materials discussed in the course are roofing materials, natural stone, adhesives, insulation materials, moisture and vapour barriers.

    MATS-3002 -  Construction Materials

    In this course, students are introduced to the production, physical characteristics and application of various construction materials. The materials discussed are wood and timber products, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, glass and glazing systems, plastic, thermal and moisture protection products such as insulation types and roofing materials and acoustical materials. A research paper evaluating the properties of one selected material will be prepared by the student.

    MECH-1078 -  Environmental Engineering-Plumbing

    The construction technician must be able to work effectively with all of the trades on a construction project. This course will provide the student with an understanding of the design and installation of residential and light commercial plumbing, drainage, waste and vent systems as well as an introduction to estimating plumbing materials and pricing selection from common trade sources.

    MECH-1079 -  Environmental Engineering-HVAC

    The construction technician must be able to work effectively with all of the trades on a construction project. This course will provide the student with an understanding of the design and installation of residential and light commercial heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems as well as an introduction to estimating HVAC materials and pricing selection from common trade sources.

    MGMT-1013 -  Construction Office Procedure
    In this course, students will examine the procedures required for the successful operation of residential construction companies and projects. Major topics or discussions will include: general business principles; human resources; financial management; contracts; subcontracts and subtrade co-ordination; indemnification; materials management; project record keeping; progress payments; dispute resolution; lien act requirements; project completion, and project scheduling.

    SFTY-1029 -  Health & Safety

    People who go to work should feel confident that they will end their work day uninjured and healthy, both mentally and physically. Working conditions have not always been as safe as they are today, and remain unsafe in many parts of the world. Terms such as "mad as a hatter" and "canary in a coal mine" reflect historical exposure to toxic chemicals as a result of deficiencies in workplace health and safety. Ontario's current policies and legislation are the result of a long history of workers striving for better and safer working conditions.Workplace safety can be divided into two broad categories: physical and psychosocial. Students need to be aware of both to ensure a healthy, safe and productive work environment. Through discussions, lectures and films covering a variety of topics such as historical workplace conditions, disasters and resulting injuries in Canada and elsewhere in the world, students will learn to understand and appreciate the evolution of workplace safety, health policies and practices in place today.This course will provide students with knowledge of the legislation, policies, procedures, agencies, organizations and committees whose purpose is to protect workers against health and safety hazards on the job. Topics will include the history of health and safety in Canada and around the world, federal and provincial legislation, hazard classification systems, fire prevention, air quality, ergonomics and the cause and prevention of workplace violence.This course addresses both physical and psychosocial factors related to ensuring a healthy, safe and productive work enviromnent.

    SURV-1007 -  Residential Surveying 1

    This course will introduce the Construction Techniques/Technician students to the fundamentals of residential construction building layout. Exercises in leveling, setting grades, and distance measurement will be provided. This course will also introduce the students to basic surveying principles and commonly used surveying equipment.

    SURV-5004 -  Residential Surveying 2

    This course will build on the concepts taught in Residential Surveying 1. This course will introduce the Construction Techniques/Technician students to the concept of contours, cut/fill calculations for lot grading, bearings, and determining angles from bearings. The students will extend their familiarity with the function and proper use of survey equipment including laser levels and theodolites by completing simple building layouts complete with batter boards.

    WRIT-1039 -  Reason & Writing 1-Technology

    This course will introduce technology students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking. This course will also introduce students to selected issues and terms in technology.

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