Construction Course Listing

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Routine home maintenance is the key to prevent small problems from turning into large, more expensive repairs. Maintenance also ensures the proper operation and optimal performance of the main mechanical systems of the home. This course is designed to help the homeowner create a personal Monthly Home Maintenance Checklist and to identify essential equipment for a toolkit. Step-by-step, in-class demonstrations will offer the student hands-on experience as to how to undertake these tasks. Topics include, but are not limited to, the proper cleaning and replacement of air-conditioner filters, how to flush the air conditioner drain line to prevent clogs, hot water heater maintenance (i.e., drain the tank to remove calcium build-up), repairing a leaky faucet or toilet and weatherizing doors and windows. Safety guidelines will be presented throughout the course and will include basic hand and power tool safety and electrical panel safety. Lab Fee required.
This course provides a broad overview of the built environment, the architectural, engineering and construction (A/E/C) industry as well as different career paths within the industry. Insight into the processes, the people and the practices involved to bring a building from a concept to reality are presented. An emphasis will be placed on the construction management process and the critical role of the construction manager. Course must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher. Lab fee required.
Studies in construction communication tools will provide an understanding and the interpretation of construction drawing systems to include blueprint reading. Students will develop both free-hand sketching skills for onsite redline drawings utilizing industry software such as Bluebeam and the introduction of basic Computer-aided design (CAD) applications. Lab fee required.
This course will introduce students to basic knowledge in building information modeling. Students will learn to create and modify basic building elements, envelope systems and features in a simple 3D digital building model.
This course addresses the Tiny House phenomenon from a lifestyle, design and construction perspective. Students will be introduced to the Tiny House Movement, financial independence, freedom and ecological responsibility. Various types of Tiny Homes (400 square feet or less) from homes on wheels to ones with concrete foundations, will be presented and the pros/cons of each discussed. Design topics include space efficiency, appropriate interior finishes, multi-purpose furnishings/appliances, sustainability (eco-friendly) features and smart technologies. Construction budgets, building codes and zoning ordinances will be reviewed so students can transition into this up-and-coming lifestyle.
This course offers an in-depth knowledge of the materials and methods employed in building construction. Students are introduced to building science, materials science, codes and standards in the construction industry. Construction techniques are presented as related to sitework and the building envelope. This course covers major construction materials such as soil, concrete, masonry, wood, metal and other finish materials. Course must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher. Lab fee required.
This course is a continuation of the discussion of materials, methods and techniques with an emphasis placed on mechanical systems such as HVAC, electrical, plumbing and fire suppression systems. As buildings have become more sophisticated, students will gain an understanding of communications, electronic safety and security and utilities of modern building construction as it pertains to construction processes. Other divisions addressed include, but are not limited to, furnishings, specialty construction, conveying systems, earthwork, construction equipment and exterior improvements. This course will also offer an in-depth study of today's advanced sustainable building technologies and sustainable rating systems. This course must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher. Lab fee required.
This intermediate course provides a basic knowledge of how construction documents are prepared and the extraction of information from these documents. An emphasis will be placed on the interpretation of the information from the construction documents for construction planning and management as it applies to the scope of work, sequencing and processes, submittals, RFI, addendums and change orders. This course will familiarize students with commercial construction building systems, assemblies and the relationship between drawings from various disciplines such as civil, architectural, structural, MEP and so on. Topics include basic construction abbreviations, symbology and understanding various scales of drawings. Emerging computer technologies for construction management are introduced. Students must complete the class with a grade of "C" or higher. Lab fee required.
In this course students will develop the knowledge and skills involved in the effective use and interpretation of the construction drawings and specifications. Students will learn how to examine a variety of different types of plans included within a standard set of drawings such as, civil, landscape/irrigation, architectural, structural, MEP, fire protection and communications to understand the scope of the project and the means and methods required to construct the project. Basic construction abbreviations, symbols and various scaling will be introduced.
This course explores the applications of virtual design and construction software in construction quantity extraction and estimating. Major topics include automated quantity take-off in Building Information Modeling and cloud-based estimating work flow process. VDC software such as Autodesk Revit and Assemble Systems will be used to prepare various levels of construction estimates. Lab Fee Required.
This course explores the applications of virtual design and construction software in construction scheduling and planning. Major topics include construction progress visualization/simulation and clash detection in 3D construction models. VDC software such as Autodesk Navisworks will be used to visualize/simulate construction schedules and identify/solve spatial conflicts between various building systems/components. Lab Fee Required.
This course explores the applications of Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR) in construction management. Fundamentals of VR/AR/MR technologies will be covered. Hands-on activities using VR/AR/MR systems in exploration of design models and construction models are included. Current and emerging industry VR/AR/MR applications in visualization and constructability analysis will be introduced. Other topics include computer gaming applications in construction operation simulation and AR applications in construction layout and fabrication. Lab Fee Required.
This course explores the applications of emerging technologies in automating construction layout and documenting the construction process. Laser scanning and photogrammetry-based point cloud technologies for documenting existing or as-built conditions will be introduced. The course will also cover processing the raw point cloud data for integration with other VDC applications. Major topics also include cloud-based mobile construction documentation technologies and robotic total station application in construction layout. VDC software such as Autodesk ReCap and Navisworks will be used to process cloud point data and visualizations. Lab fee required.
This course is intended to help construction students develop skills and proficiency in using common office applications such as the Microsoft Excel program that is required for computing tasks in other department courses such as estimating, scheduling, financial analysis and project management. Other applications such as BlueBeam for common project administration tasks will be introduced as well.
This course covers the principles of statics, structural mechanics and their applications in construction. Some of the major topics include truss analysis, properties of various construction materials, stress and strain relationships, properties of sections, load factors, shear and bending in flexural loaded members, stresses in compression members, deflections and connections. Course must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher. Note: ETG 2502 or EGN 3310 may be substituted.
During this course, students will examine the environmental impacts of building construction and explore the fundamental concepts of energy efficient design. Topics include sustainable site planning, green materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, water reduction and waste management. This class will prepare students to take the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate exam.
This is an introductory course in project scheduling and planning using bar charts, critical path method (CPM), precedence diagram and linear scheduling methods. Students will develop an understanding of resource leveling, cost loaded schedule, updating, and expediting the schedule on construction projects. Students will work on a semester project to develop activities and sequences involved on a typical construction project. Industry standard software will be introduced in the class to create the various schedules. Course must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course explores topics specific to today's construction industry. Course material is delivered in a group setting and will often include a team project-based learning approach.
This intermediate course explores topics specific to today's construction industry. Course material is delivered in group setting and may include a team project-based learning approach. Topics and projects will vary.
This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to apply classroom theory to practical, work-related applications and general exposure to various aspects of the construction industry. Students are expected to complete the required 50 internship hours with general contractors, subcontractors, architectural and engineering firms, project owners or material suppliers to be considered a qualified learning experience. Seminars may be a component of this course. Regular contact with the assigned faculty advisor is required. Students shall secure an internship opportunity and/or employer sponsorship prior to seeking departmental approval. This course may be repeated based upon the student's academic plan. Lab fee required.
This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to apply classroom theory to practical, work-related applications and general exposure to various aspects of the construction industry. Students are expected to complete the required 100 internship hours with general contractors, subcontractors, architectural and engineering firms, project owners or material suppliers to be considered a qualified learning experience. Seminars may be a component of this course. Regular contact with the assigned faculty advisor is required. Students shall secure an internship opportunity and/or employer sponsorship prior to seeking departmental approval. This course may be repeated based upon the student's academic plan. Lab fee required.
This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to apply classroom theory to practical, work-related applications and general exposure to various aspects of the construction industry. Students are expected to complete the required 150 internship hours with general contractors, subcontractors, architectural and engineering firms, project owners or material suppliers to be considered a qualified learning experience. Seminars may be a component of this course. Regular contact with the assigned faculty advisor is required. Students shall secure an internship opportunity and/or employer sponsorship prior to seeking departmental approval. This course may be repeated based upon the student's academic plan. Lab fee required.
The importance of construction activities in a global economy will be explored through travel and exploration of historical and contemporary buildings having architectural and structural significance. Students will be exposed to international construction management techniques, ethical issues in international construction and current efforts in sustainable design and construction. Lectures and coursework are complemented by walking tours led by experienced faculty and guest industry professionals. Students must be 18 years of age on or before departure.
In collaboration with the engineering and interior design programs, students will have an opportunity to apply knowledge acquired from their coursework to real-world projects. Interdisciplinary teams will be presented with a humanitarian problem to solve that will address community needs such as the health, safety or the environment. Service learning projects will vary and may require international travel as part of the experiential learning experience.
In collaboration with the engineering and interior design programs, students will have an opportunity to apply knowledge acquired from their coursework to real-world projects. Interdisciplinary teams will be presented with a humanitarian problem to solve that will address community needs such as the health, safety or environmental. Service learning projects will vary and may require international travel as part of the experiential learning experience.
This course provides an in-depth study of the fundamental principles of building mechanical systems including plumbing, heating/ventilation/air conditioning (HVAC) and fire protection systems. An emphasis will be placed on understanding of proper planning, construction and commissioning of mechanical systems as related to the construction industry. Students will further develop a basic knowledge of current building codes and requirements. Students will develop skills in analyzing construction drawings for contract scope development and project control and management.
This course provides a basic understanding of the origin, composition and structure of soils, and how soil materials influence construction operations. The construction of different types of foundations and haul roads will be discussed. Students will learn methods of analysis and the interpretation of geotechnical reports. Testing of soils for construction quality control and assurance applications will be introduced and conducted as part of lab exercises. Lab fee required.
This course covers the properties of major structural materials used in construction, design procedures and code requirements for wood, steel and reinforced concrete structure members such as beams, columns, slabs, footings, retaining walls and pre-stressed members and related formwork/temporary structures. Students will learn to apply knowledge of the Florida Building Code as related to building construction and calculate code-required design loads.
This course provides an in-depth study of the fundamental principles of building electrical power sources, wiring and circuitry. An emphasis will be placed on proper planning, construction and the understanding of electrical components and systems (i.e. wiring, lighting, security, etc.) as related to the construction industry. The student will further develop an understanding of current NFPA 70 national electrical code/building codes and requirements. Students will develop knowledge and skills in analyzing electrical drawings for scope development, project control and management, including coordination with other trades that require electrical power.
This course provides an overview of the fundamental aspects of the legal system, laws and contract documents that affect the construction industry and the legal implications of managing a construction project. Students will learn the importance of contract language and apply concepts to determine potential risks. An emphasis will be placed on contract forms and provisions as related to liability, damages, risk management and dispute resolution. Other topics presented include insurance, warranties, environmental concerns, workplace issues and the role of ethics. Course must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.
This advanced course is an in-depth study of construction project sequencing, scheduling and control. Students will analyze construction documents for planning, the management of construction processes and to create construction schedules for both residential and commercial projects. Construction quality assurance and cost control processes will be presented. Microsoft Project and Phoenix Project Manager software will be used to create various schedules. Lean construction principles and practices will be introduced. Course must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.
The emphasis of this course is construction safety, requirements and procedures associated with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Students will learn how to effectively manage safety including planning, inspections, prevention and the administration of safety processes on the job site. In addition, the students will be responsible for creating a construction safety plan. Other topics addressed include contractor safety management, dealing with language barriers, and understanding modern risk management techniques. Course must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course explores advanced topics specific to today's construction industry. Course material is delivered in a group setting and will often include a team project-based learning approach.
For this advanced course and in collaboration with the engineering and interior design programs, upper-division level students will have an opportunity to apply knowledge acquired from their coursework to real-world projects and assume a leadership role in the assigned interdisciplinary team. Teams will be presented with a humanitarian problem to solve that will address community needs such as the health, safety or environment. Service learning projects will vary and may require international travel as part of the experiential learning experience.
For this advanced course and in collaboration with the engineering and interior design programs, upper-division level students will have an opportunity to apply knowledge acquired from their coursework to real-world projects and assume a leadership role in the assigned interdisciplinary team. Teams will be presented with a humanitarian problem to solve that will address community needs such as the health, safety or environment. Service learning projects will vary and may require international travel as part of the experiential learning experience.
This advanced course covers the analysis and determination of construction costs such as indirect and overhead costs from a general contractor and/or construction manager perspective. Advanced topics presented include preconstruction services, industry project procurement processes, project delivery systems and contracts, the preparation of bid proposals and bidding strategies. Professional ethics will be addressed in this course. Students will be responsible for the development of a detailed cost estimate and bid proposal for a commercial building construction project. Course must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.
Students will be introduced to the basic principles and applications of construction accounting and cost control. Important topics such as cash flow projections, overhead determinations, and profit centers specifically related to the construction industry will be presented. Students will become familiarized with accounting terminology and documents such as balance sheets, income statements, financial ratio analyses, depreciation, estimated cost at completion, and earned value analysis. This course must be completed with a "C" or higher.
In this capstone course, students will demonstrate knowledge and skills acquired throughout the construction program of study. The course will simulate construction project management processes on a commercial project and will include the preparation of a comprehensive thesis binder for the assigned construction project. Subject areas such as project analyses, cost estimating, planning and scheduling, and project control processes will be addressed as well as construction safety and risk management. Students are required to take the American Institute of Contractors (AIC) Associate Constructor (AC) exam as part of this course. This course must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher. Lab fee required.
This advanced course is designed to provide students the opportunity to apply classroom theory to practical, work-related applications and general exposure to various aspects of the construction industry. Students are expected to complete the required 300 internship hours with general contractors, subcontractors, architectural and engineering firms, project owners or material suppliers. The internship shall be in one or more of the following areas in construction project management for the internship to be considered a qualified learning experience: pre-construction services, bidding and estimating, scheduling, construction field supervision, field engineering and construction administration. Seminars may be a component of this course to enhance the learning experience. Regular contact with the assigned faculty advisor is required. Students shall secure an internship opportunity and/or employer sponsorship prior to seeking department approval. This course may be repeated based upon the student's academic plan. Lab fee required.
This introductory course provides need-to-know information for students working in the construction environment. The course identifies safety best practices adopted to reduce or prevent workplace accidents and injuries based on current Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards as related to the building construction industry. Other topics introduced include current worker's compensation laws affecting the construction industry, methods available to reduce worker's compensation premiums, identifying the direct impact of long-term injuries, minimizing risk and identifying personal protection equipment (PPE) for safe working conditions. Upon successful completion of OSHA training modules, students will earn an OSHA 10-Hour industry certification. Lab fee required.
The AS construction management program culminates in this capstone course. The course provides a comprehensive simulation of the project management process and roles of the construction project management team. Through a simulated construction project, students will assemble in teams and apply knowledge of estimating, scheduling, project control of construction activities, and analyze construction documents and specifications. Efficient office and administrative procedures and the use of appropriate documents and electronic technologies will be required. This course must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher.
This course introduces the fundamentals of estimating process for construction projects. Topics include the work breakdown structure (WBS); extraction of quantities such as area, volume, weight, etc., from construction documents; analysis and determination of direct and indirect costs; the uses of unit cost databases; and types of estimates. Students will simulate preparation of bid proposals on construction projects. Computer-based construction estimating software will be introduced. Course must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to apply classroom theory to practical, work-related applications. Seminars may be a component of this course and regular contact with the assigned faculty advisor is required. Students may earn cooperative education credits based on the completion of the required work experience and satisfactory completion of assignments including, but not limited to, seminars and a project. This course may be repeated based upon the student’s academic program.

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A.S. & B.S. Construction

Dr. Tan Qu   |  407.708.4514
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Air Conditioning, Refrigeration &
Heating Technology, Fire Sprinkler
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Michelle Hutto   |  407.708.2196
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A.S. Degree & Certificate, Computer-Aided Design and A.S. Architectural Engineering Technology

Prof. Christy Graves | 407.971.5170
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Gary Snyder | 407.708.2688
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