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Construction Technology Program Code 104752

Associate Degree

Offered at the Green Bay campus. For information: (920) 498-5444. Toll-free: (888) 385-6982.

This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

The Construction Technology associate degree provides the learner with entry level skills in one of three areas of emphasis all under one program umbrella. Students can choose to emphasize in Structural,
Electrical, or Mechanical Systems. Students completing the associate degree will gain skills in project management, lean operations and sustainable building practices and with experience which may lead to a management position. Credits from the following technical diplomas (Electrical Systems, Mechanical Systems, Structural Systems) can be applied to this associate degree program.

Employment Potential

A graduate of this program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

Carpenter Helper: assist a Carpenter in all areas of building construction; installs interior and exterior finish surface materials, interior floor and ceiling specialties, rough framing, building layout, stair construction, and interior trim.

Mason Helper: assists a Mason in laying brick and/or other types of masonry to construct foundations, walls, fireplaces, smokestacks, arches and similar structures.

Plumber Helper: assists a Plumber in installing and maintaining water/plumbing systems in residential and industrial applications.

Electrician Helper: assists an Electrician in installing and servicing conduit, wire, cable, and equipment in new and existing residential, commercial, and industrial structures.

General Laborer: performs basic yet important physical work tasks at building construction sites.

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.

. Potential fast track to leadership positions
. Carpenter
. Mason
. Plumber
. Electrician
. HVAC/R Technician

The following certificates/technical diplomas may be applied toward this program:

31-413-1, Electrical Systems
31-475-5, Mechanical Systems
31-475-4, Structural Systems

Program Outcomes

. Interpret basic blueprints.
. Verify quality control and workmanship metrics of production work.
. Perform safe work practices.
. Apply lean principles to solve construction related problems.
. Perform technical calculations and produce drawings for mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.
. Produce structural drawings and details for residential and commercial buildings.
. Explain the design and construction process.
. Display a positive attitude toward the profession.
. Apply mathematical principles, codes, manufacturer's standards, tables, and technical manuals in the design and production of construction documents.
. Choose appropriate materials for use in building construction.
. Estimate materials required for construction.
. Apply sustainable principles to building construction.
. Apply project management skills.
. Communicate with co-workers and supervisors.

Requirements for Program Entry

. Completed application.
. High school transcript or equivalent. For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.
. As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Accuplacer) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Program Benchmarks are Arithmetic: 65; Reading Comprehension: 55; Sentence Skills: 75. Students not meeting these benchmarks or the equivalent will be required to establish an individualized academic plan. Students may have the opportunity to enroll in selected program core courses while completing their individualized plan. Upon completion of the plan, students will be eligible for all program courses. However, higher test scores will lead to greater success in core program courses. To learn more about these assessments and program benchmark scores, please contact a counselor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Curriculum

Students following the study plan below will complete the Construction Technology associate degree in the number of semesters shown.

ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS

FIRST SEMESTER

10-413-102 Residential Electrical Code 1
2
10-413-103 Residential Electrical Code 2
2
10-413-314 DC Circuits
2
10-413-317 Fundamentals of Electricity
2
10-413-319 Residential Wiring 1
3
10-413-329 Residential Wiring 2
3
10-449-112 OSHA 30
1
* 10-890-101 College 101
1
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
SECOND SEMESTER

10-413-104 Industrial Code
2
10-413-105 Commercial Electrical Code
2
10-413-303 Industrial Controls
2
10-413-304 Electric Motor Control
2
10-413-327 Commercial Wiring Techniques
2
10-413-328 Motors/Transformers
2
10-413-334 AC Circuits
2
SEMESTER TOTAL
14

MECHANICAL SYSTEMS

FIRST SEMESTER

10-442-161 Gas Metal Arc Welding
1
10-442-162 Material Cutting Applications
1
10-449-112 OSHA 30
1
10-462-102 Fabrication and Layout
2
10-462-104 Equipment Installation
2
10-462-105 Piping and Water Systems
2
10-462-106 HVAC Basics
2
10-462-109 Pumps & Compressors
1
10-462-111 Blueprint Reading
1
10-620-100 Fluids 1: Basic Pneumatics
1
10-620-105 Rigging Systems 1
1
* 10-890-101 College 101
1
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
SECOND SEMESTER

10-413-112 Electricity-Basic
2
10-462-100 Mechanical Power Transmission
2
10-462-101 Bearings
2
10-462-103 Couplings and Alignment
2
10-462-107 Input/Output Devices
1
10-462-108 Motor Control Circuits
1
10-462-110 Preventive Maintenance
2
10-620-101 Fluids 2: Basic Hydraulics
1
SEMESTER TOTAL
13

STRUCTURAL SYSTEMS

FIRST SEMESTER

10-403-101 Blueprint Reading 1
2
10-410-101 Site Development
2
10-410-102 Footing Systems
2
10-410-103 Foundation Systems
2
10-410-104 Floor Framing Systems
3
10-449-112 OSHA 30
1
* 10-890-101 College 101
1
SEMESTER TOTAL
13
SECOND SEMESTER

10-403-102 Blueprint Reading 2
2
10-408-100 Masonry
2
10-410-105 Wall Framing Systems
3
10-410-106 Roof & Ceiling Framing Systems
3
10-410-107 Stair Systems
3
10-410-108 Uniform Building Code
1
10-410-109 Material Estimating
2
SEMESTER TOTAL
16

ALL STUDENTS COMPLETE THIRD AND FOURTH SEMESTER

THIRD SEMESTER

10-607-107 Survey/Site Development
3
10-614-113 2D Essentials
2
10-614-211 Arch Revit Intro
1
10-614-213 Bldg Materials
2
10-614-214 Building Green Introduction
1
10-801-136 English Composition 1
3
10-801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm
3
10-809-199 Psychology Of Human Relations
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
18
FOURTH SEMESTER

10-182-111 Lean Operations
1
10-196-188 Project Mgmt Fundamentals
3
10-804-107 College Mathematics
3
10-809-172 Intro to Diversity Studies
3
10-809-195 Economics
3
10-809-196 Intro to Sociology
3
Elective
2
SEMESTER TOTAL
18

PROGRAM TOTAL 65 or 66 CREDITS

Suggested Electives
10-420-171, Machine Tool Processes I
10-420-172, Machine Tool Processes II
10-664-100, Automation 1: Control Logic
10-664-101, Automation 2: Motor Control
10-664-102, Automation 3: PLC

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

These courses provide an opportunity for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding required for employment in this field.

10-182-111 LEAN OPERATIONS ...understanding of materials and operations management, systems approach, productivity attainment, forecasting, quality management, quality control, six sigma methodologies, process configuration, process analysis and process redesign.

10-196-188 PROJECT MANAGEMENT FUNDAMENTALS ...the role of project management, developing a project proposal, demonstration of relevant software, working with project teams, sequencing tasks, charting progress, dealing with variations, budgets and resources, implementation, and assessment.

10-403-101 BLUEPRINT READING 1 ...drawing development/equipment, blueprints, plot and building layout, scaling and dimensioning practices, symbols, specs, codes, materials and uses.

10-403-102 BLUEPRINT READING 2 ...blueprints as they relate to the mechanical trades and applied specifications and codes to blueprints; emphasis on residential and commercial. (Prerequisite: 10-403-101 Blueprint Reading 1)

10-408-100 MASONRY ...this course will give students basic understanding of mason trades with emphasis on brick, cement and safety for the trade. Careers in masonry will also be discussed.

10-410-101 SITE DEVELOPMENT ...students will understand the basics of building layout including heights and surveying and what the start-up phase in construction entails.

10-410-102 FOOTING SYSTEMS ...footings with an emphasis on construction and different types of footings; layout and format are also included. (Corequisite: 10-410-101, Site Development)

10-410-103 FOUNDATION SYSTEMS ...foundation walls with an emphasis on the construction of foundation walls, different types of foundations (block, concrete, wood), insulation and water proofing of foundation walls. ICF will also be covered. (Corequisites: 10-410-101, Site Development; 10410102, Footing Systems)

10-410-104 FLOOR FRAMING SYSTEMS ...this course teaches all aspects of floor construction and flooring system construction. (Corequisites: 10-410-101 Site Development; 10-410-102 Footing Systems; 10410103, Foundation Systems)

10-410-105 WALL FRAMING SYSTEMS ...this course will cover wall building and wall systems from standard wood or metal framing to tip-up pre-cast panels. (Prerequisite: 10-410-104, Floor Framing Systems)

10-410-106 ROOF & CEILING FRAMING SYSTEMS ...course will encompass all roof and ceiling systems from trusses to steel to pre-cast concrete. (Corequisite: 10-410-105, Wall Systems)

10-410-107 STAIR SYSTEMS ...the stair framing course will encompass all aspects of stair construction. (Corequisites: 10-410-105, Wall Systems; 10-410-106, Roof & Ceiling Framing Systems)

10-410-108 UNIFORM BUILDING CODE ...this course will teach the basic requirements for the erection of buildings inhabited by the public for living, work and pleasure.

10-410-109 MATERIAL ESTIMATING ...perform material and labor cost estimates of building foundations, floor systems, superstructures, and exterior and interior finish systems.

10-413-102 RESIDENTIAL ELECTRICAL CODE 1 ...National Electrical Code, residential circuits, conductor sizes, branch circuits, box fill calculations, switch control, branch circuit overcurrent protection and calculations, and ground fault circuit interrupters.

10-413-103 RESIDENTIAL ELECTRICAL CODE 2 ...National Electrical Code, residential circuit layout and design, small appliance circuits, special purpose outlets, service entrance equipment, calculations and demand factors. (Corequisite: 10-413-102, Residential Electrical Code 1)

10-413-104 INDUSTRIAL CODE ...three-phase and single-phase systems, motor branch circuits, overcurrent and overload protections, power factor, hazardous locations, harmonics and National Electric Code. (Prerequisites: 10-413-102, Residential Elec Code 1; 10-413-103, Residential Elec Code 2; Corequisite: 10-413-105, Commercial Elec Code)

10-413-105 COMMERCIAL ELECTRICAL CODE ...commercial building plans and specifications, computing electrical loads and branch circuits, emergency systems, raceways, conduit fill, power and lighting circuits, motor & appliance circuits. (Prerequisite: 10-413-103, Residential Electrical Code 2)

10-413-112 ELECTRICITY-BASIC ...this course introduces the fundamental concepts of electricity and electron flow. Emphasis is placed on Ohm’s law, magnetism as it relates to electricity, DC/AC circuits, electrical components, operations of test equipment, and electrical safety precautions.

31-413-303 INDUSTRIAL CONTROLS ...electrical symbols, wiring diagrams, ladder diagrams, control logic, pilot devices, solenoids, relays, and time delay control (Corequisite: 10-413-345, Industrial Code)

10-413-304 ELECTRIC MOTOR CONTROL ...motor starters, overcurrent protection, overload protection, motor branch circuits, starting methods, troubleshooting motor circuits, and an introduction to PLC's. (Corequisite: 10-413-303, Industrial Controls)

10-413-314 DC CIRCUITS ...electron theory, electromotive force sources, voltage, current, resistance, power, Ohm's Law, series-parallel circuits and test equipment. (Corequisites: 31-804-312, Math-Algebra/Trades; 10-413-317, Fundamentals of Electricity)

10-413-317 FUNDAMENTALS OF ELECTRICITY ...atomic structure, electrical quantities, Ohm's Law, magnetism, AC concepts. (Corequisite: 31-804-312, Math-Algebra/Trades)

10-413-319 RESIDENTIAL WIRING 1 ...residential electrical installation, national electrical code applications, residential circuits, box selection, conductor selector, receptacles, GFCI protection and switch control. (Corequisite: 10-413-102, Residential Elec Code 1, 10-449-112, OSHA 30)

10-413-327 COMMERCIAL WIRING TECHNIQUES ...raceways and fittings, conduit bending, wire pulling methods, fastening systems, lighting and low-voltage wiring. (Corequisite: 10-413-105, Commercial Electrical Code OR 31-448-364, Marine Electrical Codes)

10-413-328 MOTORS/TRANSFORMERS ...magnetism, electromagnetism, transformers, DC generators and motors, AC single-phase and three-phase motors, and an introduction to AC drives. (Corequisite: 10-413-334, AC Circuits)

10-413-329 RESIDENTIAL WIRING 2 ...residential circuit installations, National Electrical Code, application of residential design and layout, small appliance circuits and special purpose outlets. (Corequisites: 10-413-319, Residential Wiring 1; 10-413-103, Residential Electrical Code 2, 10-449-112, OSHA 30)

10-413-334 AC CIRCUITS ...AC theory, inductance, capacitance, impedance, series ad parallel AC circuits, AC power, power factor corrections, rectification of AC, diodes and silicon controlled rectifiers. (Corequisites: 10-413-314, DC Circuits, 31-804-312, Math-Algebra Trades)

10-442-161 GAS METAL ARC WELDING ...course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge, skills, process and understanding of welding in the flat and horizontal positions, fillet, pipe to plate and groove welds on plain carbon steel. (Corequisite: 10-442-162, Material Cutting Applications)

10-442-162 MATERIAL CUTTING APPLICATIONS ...visual inspection of weld and cut edges, manual and machine oxy fuel gas cutting, air carbon arc cutting, plasma arc cutting, and mechanical cutting methods.

10-449-112 OSHA 30 ...addresses OSHA 29CFR1926 rules and is approved by OSHA for construction workers, foremen, job supervisors, and anyone involved in construction trades. Successful participants receive 30-hour card from OSHA.

10-462-100 MECHANICAL POWER TRANSMISSION ...students will learn how power moves through machines to accomplish the necessary tasks. (Corequisites: 10-462-101, Bearings; 10-462-103, Couplings & Alignment; 10-462-110, Preventive Maintenance)

10-462-101 BEARINGS ...students will examine bearing types and applications and compare equipment bearings. Students will also develop skills related to bearing inspection, selection, removal, mounting, lubricating, and diagnosing failure. (Corequisite: 10-462-110, Preventive Maintenance)

10-462-102 FABRICATION AND LAYOUT ...course compares types of sheet metal, tools and uses. Students will develop skills related to the fabrication and erection of steel products. Students will work from drawing through layout and alignment and demonstrate the safe and proper use of any and all necessary tools and equipment. (Corequisites: 10-462-111, Blueprint Reading; 10-462-104, Equipment Installation)

10-462-103 COUPLINGS AND ALIGNMENT ...course compares different coupling types and examines common misalignment problems. Students will develop skills related to inspecting, troubleshooting and preparing couplings for removal and installation. (Corequisite: 10-462-110, Preventive Maintenance)

10-462-104 EQUIPMENT INSTALLATION ...students will layout equipment installations, plan for moving equipment and set and level equipment. (Corequisites: 10-462-111, Blueprint Reading; 10-462-102, Fabrication & Layout; 10-462-105, Rigging Systems)

10-462-105 PIPING AND WATER SYSTEMS ...students will analyze flow characteristics in piping systems, relate pipe sizing to requirements and apply the correct piping to related situations.

10-462-106 HVAC BASICS ...heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology provides students with the basics to control air flow in respect to heating and cooling structures.

10-462-107 INPUT/OUTPUT DEVICES ...this course examines the devices used in control circuits. Students will identify pushbuttons, rotary switches, limit switches, proximity switches, photoelectric switches, relays, motor starters, and annunciators. Emphasis will be placed on proper installation and troubleshooting. (Corequisites: 10-413-112, Basic Electricity; 10-462-108, Motor Control Circuits)

10-462-108 MOTOR CONTROL CIRCUITS ...this course presents the students with common designs of motor control circuits. Students will design multiple circuits that will start, control the speed, reverse, brake, and stop motors. (Corequisite: 10-413-112, Basic Electricity; 10-462-107, Input/Output Devices)

10-462-109 PUMPS & COMPRESSORS ...this course compares different pump types and their applications. Students will complete a field inspection of pumps and learn how to troubleshoot, remove, overhaul, install and perform preventative maintenance on pumps.

10-462-110 PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE ...this course examines both preventive and predictive maintenance concepts as they apply to mechanical work processes and machine maintenance. Students will develop skills related to assessing machine conditions and equipment breakdowns using correct troubleshooting procedures. (Corequisites: 10-462-101, Bearings; 10-462-103, Couplings & Alignment; 10-462-100, Mechanical Power Transmission)

10-462-111 BLUEPRINT READING ...this course explores all elements of engineering and manufacturing technology print reading from sketching methods and measurement techniques to reading specialty prints. Students develop skills in print reading, visual perception, technical communication, and problem solving. It includes the fundamentals of orthographic projection, dimension techniques, welding and electrical symbols, and section views.

10-607-107 SURVEY/SITE DEVELOPMENT ...transit/level use, note keeping, bearings and azimuths, distance measurement, contour maps, stadia, legal descriptions, public land subdivision, construction surveys, site plans, zoning ordinances, easements, and parking lot/street layout.

10-614-113 2D ESSENTIALS ... an introduction to technical communication, annotation, geometric construction, model, orthographic and pictorial, section and auxiliary views and dimensioning.

10-614-211 ARCHITECTURAL REVIT INTRO ...introduces the parametric design software Autodesk Revit used for building information modeling. Basic design and documentation tools will be employed. A simple building design will be modeled that matches given specifications.

10-614-213 BUILDING MATERIALS ...considers material properties, processes of manufacture, installation procedures and performance. Construction methods, building systems and products will be evaluated. Materials will be analyzed and classified based on the Construction Specifications Institute Master Format.

10-614-214 Building Green Introduction...summarizes the history, technology and science underlying sustainable building practices. The human factor and the economics of sustainability will be discussed. Alternative energy including wind, solar, photovoltaic, geothermal and fuel cells will be researched.

10-620-100 FLUIDS 1: BASIC PNEUMATICS ...what fluid power is, differentiate between hydraulics and pneumatics, implement basic pneumatic circuits, utilize schematics, apply Pascal's Law, define properties of fluids, implement airflow control and hydraulics cylinder circuits.

10-620-101 FLUIDS 2: BASIC HYDRAULICS ...hydraulic pumps, basic hydraulics actuator circuits, hydraulic schematics, apply Pascal's Law, summarize the effects of fluids friction, define properties of hydraulic energy, design hydraulic circuits with directional control valves. (Corequisite: 10-620-100, Fluids 1: Basic Pneumatics)

10-620-105 RIGGING SYSTEMS 1 ...the basic skills of rigging, employment of hoists, slings, lifts, wire rope, and chain slings as part of rigging system.

10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs.

10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills =75 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading and Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION ...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer- Reading =55 and Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 OR ACT- Reading =15 and ACT English=16 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-199 PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS ...decision making, motivation, conflict resolution, learning strategies, growth and adjustment, diversity, psychological theories, relationships, psychological disorders, stress, career analysis, social psychology, and lifespan development. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-804-107 COLLEGE MATHEMATICS ...an introductory level course designed to review and develop fundamental concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and statistics. Emphasis will be placed on computational skills and applications of rational numbers; problem solving skills with ratios, proportions, and percent; basic principles and application of algebra, geometry, graphing, and statistics; measurement skills in U.S. Customary and Metric Systems; and the use of calculators as a tool. (Prerequisites: Accuplacer-Arithmetic score=65 or ACT-Math score=15 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Accuplacer-Reading=55 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-195 ECONOMICS ...scarcity, resources, alternative economic systems, growth, supply and demand, monetary and fiscal policy, inflation, unemployment, and global economic issues. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-196 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY ...the nature and variety of groups; inequality, race and ethnicity; family, population, social integration, and change; collective behavior; politics, economics, religion, education, and the effects of technology. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs. 1 cr.