Using a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on training, the Vista College AAS in Construction Management Degree program will thoroughly prepare you for an entry-level position such as a framer, drywall installer, construction laborer, or tile worker. Other employment opportunities include construction management and building inspection.
You’ll Learn How To:
- Interpret construction drawings
- Perform quality concrete and brickwork
- Frame the walls, ceilings, and floors of a structure
- Install the proper wiring and piping for electrical and plumbing systems
- Apply concepts regarding sustainable design and green building practices
- Interpret and abide by building and safety codes
|Course #||Course Title||Credits|
|CFT100||Basic Craft Skills||6.5|
|CON101||Introduction To Construction *||6.5|
|CON102||Building Codes *||6.5|
|CON103||Construction Techniques *||6.5|
|CON104||Construction and Framing *||6.5|
|CON105||Construction Materials and Applications *||6.5|
|CON106||Construction Systems *||6.5|
|CON107||Sustainable Construction *||6.5|
|PM209||Project Management *||8|
|GE201||Introduction to College Mathematics||9|
|GE202||Introduction to Computer Science||4.5|
|GE203||Introduction to Psychology||4.5|
|GE206||English Composition I||4.5|
|GE207||English Composition II *||4.5|
Basic Craft Skills
This course introduces students to basic craft skills including the proper use of hand tools, power tools, and rigging. Students will receive instruction on handling techniques for hazardous and non-hazardous construction materials, basic skills in drawing and reading blue prints, and working in confined spaces. In addition, students review basic mathematical functions, communication, and job readiness skills.
Introduction To Construction
This course introduces students to the principles, equipment, and safety techniques utilized in the construction industry. Students will be exposed to personal protective equipment utilized in the modern construction industry and the use and installation of modern masonry material. Students will be introduced to materials that form various types of concrete as well as volume estimates and concrete forms, tools, equipment, and procedures for handling, placing, and finishing concrete, joints made in concrete structures, the use of joint sealants, and form removal procedures. Emphasizes on safety procedures for handling, placing, and finishing concrete are included in the raining. Reinforcement materials such as reinforcement bars, bar supports, and welded-wire fabric are discussed.
In this course, students will explore the scope of Building Codes, which are founded on broad-based principles that make possible the use of new materials and new building designs. The course covers safety concepts, structural and fire and life safety provisions, egress, interior finish requirements, comprehensive roof provisions, seismic engineering provisions, occupancy classifications, innovative construction technology, and industry standards in material design. Further, students work with OSHA 30 Safety Awareness Training.
Students learn historic and current methods and procedures used in the masonry trade. Discussions include brick and block manufacturing and types of brick and block that are currently used in various types of masonry construction. An overview of the basic safety practices and requirements found in the masonry trade are provided along with knowledge, skill, and ability requirements of a mason. Students learn basic bricklaying techniques and methods and procedures used in masonry unit installation including types of mortar to bond masonry units, and different types of patterns. Hands-on skill development in constructing “Wythe’s” and brick courses are also emphasized.
Construction and Framing
The purpose of this course is to provide information on materials and general methods used to construct floor systems with an emphasis on platform methods of floor framing. This course introduces students to materials and general procedures used in wall, ceiling and roof framing as well as procedures for laying out rafters for gable roofs, hip roofs, and valley intersections.
Construction Materials and Applications
In this course, students learn the common materials used in residential and light commercial roofing which includes shingles, roll roofing, shakes, tiles, and metal and membrane roofs, as well as the selection and installation of roof vents. Safety practices and application methods for these various materials are discussed. The course also covers the types of exterior siding used in residential construction including wood, metal, vinyl, and cement board siding, and proper installation procedures. In addition, students are introduced to the materials and methods used to construct interior and exterior wooden stairs.
This course introduces the students to the safety rules and regulations for electricians, including the necessary precautions for avoiding various job site hazards. Students are also introduced to the various types of devices and installation procedures used in residential wiring. Students work with the factors that influence DWV system design and how different types of drains, fittings, vents, and pipes are used to move waste out of a building. Students are introduced as well to the various types of materials, schedules, and applications of plastic piping. Further, they practice determining the appropriate types of fittings, valves, hangers, and supports needed for plastic piping. This course also covers the materials, and properties of copper piping, fittings, and valves.
This course provides fundamental instruction in the green environment, green construction practices, and green building rating systems. Exercises on calculating a carbon footprint and worksheets on inventorying household and product impacts are utilized in the course. Students will learn and understand the fundamental concepts of sustainable design and green building practices.
This course provides a fundamental understanding of the concepts, principles, and operations of the private enterprise system. Students compare and contrast sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations, as they evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of each. This course also discusses the functions of modern business management, marketing, human resources, motivating employees, ethics and social responsibility. Bookkeeping, accounting, financial management, and financial statements are also examined.
Students build on their knowledge of business by analyzing the essential aspects of project management. Students will explore project management topics such as modern practices in project management, planning, budgeting, scheduling, leadership, teamwork, and project management information systems. Students will address business organizational systems and communication, as well as evaluate employee selection processes and methods for managing employee success.
Introduction to College Mathematics
Introduction to College Mathematics covers basic math topics such as solving for whole numbers and equations, understanding proper and improper fractions, converting decimals and figuring percentages. Other topics covered include calculating simple interest, annuities, loan amortization, checkbook reconciliation, and business statistical problems such as mean, median and mode.
Introduction to Computer Science
This course introduces various information and communications technologies and explains how information systems are used to solve problems.
Introduction to Psychology
This course includes the study of the theories and concepts of psychology including the scope of psychology, biological foundations and the brain, sensation, perception, motivation, personality, learning/memory, emotion, states of consciousness, personality theories, cognition, life-span development, and applied psychology.
English Composition I
This course introduces students to critical reading and writing, research techniques, citation and documentation formats, as well as the use of correct grammar and sentence structure to communicate effectively.
English Composition II
This course builds on the skills learned in English Composition I. It develops written communication skills with an emphasis on the use of the writing process, the analysis of readings, and the practice of writing for personal and professional applications.