Building Construction Technology

64 credit Diploma program

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Program Description:
The Building Construction Technology program prepares students to build and repair structures to comply with existing codes. Students learn to read blueprints, sketches, and specifications for information pertaining to dimensions, type of materials required, and standards of work. Experience is gained working with a variety of hand tools, power tools, and construction equipment. Skills learned in the program include wood and metal framing, concrete forming, remodeling, and interior and exterior finishing of residential and commercial buildings. The courses in the second year of the program are offered at an off-campus building site. The second year students build a residential structure from the initial site layout through all the construction phases to the final finish work.

Program outcomes include:
• Erect concrete forms for footings, walls, columns, and flat work
• Frame floors, walls, and roofs using wood and steel framing
• Install exterior finish components
• Install interior finish components
• Estimate building materials requirements
• Coordinate construction activities
• Perform construction duties safely

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Required Courses:
Course IDCreditsNameDescription
ALTH14351First Aid and Community CPR/AEDThis course is designed for those not pursuing a health care occupation. It covers the basic steps of recognizing and caring for cardiac arrest with CPR, automatic external defibrillation and obstructed airway techniques on adults, children and infants. The basics of first aid, medical emergencies, injury emergencies and environmental emergencies will be covered. After successful completion of all skills and written exams, the student will receive certification in CPR/AED (community level) and First Aid. (Prerequisites: None) (1 hr lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
BLDG14004Construction SafetyThis course covers the safe operation of hand, portable, and stationary tools used in the industry. This course covers the basic requirements set by the OSHA legislation and provides students with basic hazard identification and abatement techniques. This course covers scaffolding and ladders used in the construction industry. The student will demonstrate proper use of various types of wooden job-built and commercial scaffolds, ladders, and safe use of these types of equipment. (Prerequisites: None) (2 hrs lec/4 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
BLDG14073Concrete FormingThis course covers forming procedures for concrete structures. Job-site built and commercial forming systems will be used. Concrete design and usage will be covered. (Prerequisites: BLDG1400 or concurrent enrollment) (1 hr lec/4 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
BLDG14122Basic Framing IThis course is an introduction to wood framing for residential structures including foundations, floors, and walls. This course will also cover the various materials and fasteners used in the construction industry. This course covers all the basic information necessary to calculate and assemble a basic common and/or hip roof combination in the construction of a small building. (Prerequisites: BLDG1400, ENGL0450, MATH0450, and READ0465; or concurrent enrollment) (1 hr lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
BLDG14143Basic Framing IIThis course is used in conjunction with BLDG1412. This class will be a skill-building lab designed to produce a competent person at basic framing. Class time will be spent performing hands-on lab to build skills and knowledge in basic framing. (Prerequisites: BLDG1412 or concurrent enrollment) (0 hrs lec/6 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
BLDG14153CabinetmakingThis course covers the design, construction, and preparation for finishing of wooden cabinets. The student will become acquainted with custom cabinetmaking techniques. The student will design and construct a cabinet using appropriate construction procedure. (Prerequisites: BLDG1400 or equivalent or concurrent enrollment, READ0465, ENGL0450, MATH0450) (0 hrs lec/6 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
BLDG14202Leadership and Trade/Labor RelationsThis course covers the fundamentals of parliamentary procedure, roles of officers, committee functions, and how to conduct an effective meeting. This course will also cover the area of labor/management relations and the career development of the student. (Prerequisites: None) (2 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
BLDG14251Estimating for Building ConstructionThis class is designed for technical college students pursuing a career in building construction. This course covers how to make fast accurate estimates of construction material. The student will be introduced to the methods used to calculate material used by the carpenter or contractor. This will also cover estimating using a computer application. (Prerequisites: BLDG1435 or equivalent or concurrent enrollment and MATH1430, or equivalent) (0 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
BLDG14301Building Site Lay-OutThis course covers the proper use of the builder's level, transit, and other related survey instruments as it relates to the construction industry. (Prerequisites: None) (0 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
BLDG14353Blueprint ReadingThis course covers the basics on interpreting and reading architectural drawing for the construction industry both in residential and commercial construction. They include but are not limited to: electrical, mechanical, painting, etc. (Prerequisites: None) (1 hr lec/4 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
BLDG14403Stair Design and ConstructionThis course covers basic stair layout and design for the beginning stair builder. The student will assemble a stairway to a deck using the training applications studied in the course. (Prerequisites: BLDG1400 or concurrent enrollment) (1 hr lec/ 4 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
BLDG14503Interior/Exterior ConstructionThis course covers the basics in assembly of interior and exterior trim materials in residential construction. This course also covers the introduction to heat loss calculation, product selection, and safe installation of insulation and drywall products. (Prerequisites: BLDG1400, BLDG1412, or concurrent enrollment) (0 hrs lec/6 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
BLDG14652Framing with MetalThis course covers framing with metal for residential and commercial construction. (Prerequisites: BLDG1400, BLDG1412, or concurrent enrollment) (1 hr lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
BLDG15251WeldingThis course covers arc and oxy-acetylene welding, MIG, brazing, and cutting. (Prerequisites: None) (0 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
BLDG24144Site Preparation and FoundationThis course covers the lay-out of the building site, excavation for the foundation, forming of the footings and foundation walls, placement of reinforcing steel, estimating and placement of the concrete, installation of foundation drainage systems, and backfilling the foundation. This course will be held at an on-site project location. (Prerequisites: BLDG1407) (1 hr lec/6 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
BLDG24153Floor and Wall FramingThis course covers residential floor and wall framing. This course will be held at an on-site project location. (Prerequisites: BLDG1412) (0 hrs lec/6 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
BLDG24161Advanced Concrete FoundationsThis course covers concrete sampling procedures, construction of bulkheads and blockouts for various situations, the study of different types of foundations and concrete forming systems, and damp proofing of foundations. This course will be held at an on-site project location. (Prerequisites: BLDG1407) (0 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
BLDG24203Roof FramingThis course covers roof and ceiling framing using sawn lumber, manufactured framing components, and trusses. Framing components will be designed, constructed, and installed, braced, and sheathed. This course will be held at an on-site project location. (Prerequisites: BLDG1412) (1 hrs lec/4 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
BLDG24252Understanding Working DrawingsThis course covers the estimating, scheduling, and plan review of construction drawings for construction of an actual site built project. The project drawings will be the drawings to be studied during the course and the estimating, scheduling, and plan review will use those drawings, and others supplied by the instructor. (Prerequisites: BLDG1425) (1 hr lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
BLDG24302Sound and Energy ControlThis course covers the heat loss in buildings, moisture problems and prevention, installation of insulation types, indoor air quality, and sound control. This course will be held at an on-site project location. (Prerequisites: BLDG1450) (1 hr lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
BLDG24354Exterior FinishingThis course covers construction of exterior finishes for residential construction including siding, cornices, roofing, attic ventilation, and window and door installation. This course will be held at an on-site project location. (Prerequisites: BLDG1450) (1 hr lec/6 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
BLDG24402Stair ConstructionThis course covers stair construction including design, layout and cutting stringers, and assembly of the stairway. Installation of wall and floor coverings will be presented. This course will be held at an on-site project location. (Prerequisites: BLDG1440) (1 hr lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
BLDG24452Introduction to Construction ManagementThis course covers job coordination, scheduling, preparation and presentation of weekly progress reports, expediting of materials, insurance, and Minnesota Contractor's License requirements. Accounting requirements of construction projects will be addresses. Basic design problems will be covered. (Prerequisites: None) (1 hr lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
BLDG24506Interior Finishing/CaseworkThis course covers interior finishing systems, including drywall, installation of interior doors, window and door trim, base, hardware, suspended ceilings, closet shelving, and installation of kitchen and bathroom cabinets and counter tops for both new construction and remodeling projects. This course will be held at an on-site project location. (Prerequisites: BLDG1450) (1 hr lec/10 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
COMM16011Interviewing Procedure and PracticeAn applications course in the job-seeking process. Students will explore self-confidence and the interviewing process, understand employer expectations, and identify personal and job-related skills. Job-seeking, resume writing and interview skill-building will be covered. (Prerequisites: None; computer skills necessary) (1 hr lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
FYE10001Student Success SeminarThis course is mandatory* for students in their first semester of college who are taking READ 0455 or READ 0465 or ENGL 0450 or ENGL 0460 and/or are pursuing an Associate of Arts or Associate of Fine Arts degree at Lake Superior College. *Exemptions: *Students who have earned 12 credits including an Introduction to College course and are in good standing (2.0 GPA and 67% credit completion). *Students who have earned 24 college credits post high school and are in good academic standing (2.0 GPA and 67% credit completion).

Pre-Program Requirements:
Successful entry into this program requires a specific level of skill in the areas of English, mathematics, and reading. Program entry will depend, in part, on meeting the prerequisites listed below:

English:
• A score of 57 or higher on the Sentence Skills portion of the CPT, OR
• Completion of ENGL0460 or its equivalent transfer course or higher.
• If required, ENGL0460 may not be taken concurrently with Semester I coursework.

Mathematics:
• A score of 36 or higher on the Elementary Algebra Skills portion of the CPT, OR
• Completion of MATH0450 or its equivalent transfer course or higher.
• If required, MATH0450 may not be taken concurrently with Semester I coursework.

Reading:
• A score of 78 or higher on the Reading Comprehension portion of the CPT, OR
• Completion of READ0465 or its equivalent transfer course or higher.
• If required, READ0465 may be taken concurrently with Semester I coursework.

Electives:
Approved Electives:
BLDG1500 Residential Decks 1 credit (BLDG1400, GLDG112 or concurrent enrollment)
BLDG1505 Computerized Estimating for Building Construction (BLDG1435 or equivalent and MATH1530) 1 credit
BLDG1510 Resource-Efficient Building (BLDG1400, BLDG1412 or concurrent enrollment 1 credit
BLDG1515 Metal Work (BLDG1400, BLDG1412 or concurrent enrollment) 1 credit
BLDG1520 Drywall Finishing (BLDG1400, BLDG1412, or concurrent enrollment) 1 credit
BLDG2507 Building Construction Internship (Building construction student in good standing (3.0 GPA or greater and instructor's consent) 1-4 credits