Construction Engineering Technician Curriculum

Accepting Applications for September 2018

Credential: Ontario College Diploma ( 4 semesters )
Classes begin:
September 04, 2018
Offered at:
Sutherland Campus
Program code:
CET
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
Domestic:
$2,513.32 per semester*
International:
$8,161.39 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Courses and Descriptions

Semester 1

COMM 201
Units/ Hours: 45

Communications I is an introductory course that provides a foundation in college-level communications by teaching students to read critically, write appropriately for a variety of audiences, conduct and cite research, and revise for clarity and correctness. In seminars and labs, students will engage in both independent and collaborative activities, including the development of a digital portfolio designed to help them become more effective communicators in academic and professional environments.

COMP 370
Units/ Hours: 30

This course covers the use of operating systems and how to utilize the internet to generate professional reports and quotations. Students will develop the skills and abilities to produce technical and business reports used in the industry. Using relevant computer applications, students will learn to apply systematic record keeping processes used for operating a small business.

CNST 190
Units/ Hours: 45

This course provides students with the skills required to gather and interpret horizontal and vertical field measurements. Students operate field survey equipment including electronic theodolite and Total Station with an external data collector to acquire and establish site elevations.

CNST 191
Units/ Hours: 105

This course introduces the student to graphic communications used in the construction industry. Students become familiar with the fundamentals of architectural graphics, print reading and wood frame construction. Students practice their drawing skills by preparing construction sketches, cross-sections, and details. This course also examines housing and small building construction as practiced in Canada. Foundations, wood-frame construction, and finishes are studied from a technical point of view including materials, methods, sequencing, and inspection of key components and connection details. Building science concepts are explored and applied. Students build scale models of structures, framing, and connection

CNST 192
Units/ Hours: 30

This course introduces students to the form, space, and order of architecture as an art and science. Students are familiarized with various components of building structures and technology through video presentations, lecture, modeling and work groups. Additionally, students discover the interdependence of the architectural, structural and technological disciplines relating to construction projects.

CNST 161
Units/ Hours: 45

This course introduces the student to sustainable processes, materials and practices in the construction industry. Emphasis will be placed on renewal energy systems. Students will be required to critically evaluate their applied projects using sustainable practice, processes and materials

MATH 130
Units/ Hours: 45

This course will enable students to apply specific trade related mathematical concepts and acquire foundational skills important in the fields of Construction, Welding, Plumbing, Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning. It is designed to complement and reinforce learning within other first semester courses and program areas.

Semester 2

CNST 194
Units/ Hours: 90

Students engage in a detailed investigation of building components and systems used in the industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) and the residential sectors. Students study commonly-used construction materials including soil, concrete, masonry and other building materials, and their applications. Students test, analyze and assess key construction materials, including aggregates, soils and concrete, using the standard material testing methods, for construction quality control. They interpret information from drawings, details, specifications and shop drawings used in the ICI buildings and housing projects to ascertain construction methods and materials.

CNST 159
Units/ Hours: 45

This course has been designed for students entering trades and technology programs. The course will cover current legislation (O.H.S.A.) and health and safety procedures used in the industry. Students will obtain fundamental level safety certification in WHMIS, Fall Protection, Confined Space Identification, and Hoisting and Rigging.The theory for this course will be offered online and the application component will offered onsite.

CNST 196
Units/ Hours: 45

This course introduces students to the history of Western Architecture from the first recorded evidence of built structures through to the twenty-first century, highlighting the most significant and influential periods, styles, architecture, buildings and construction technologies. Students learn the elements of architectural form as they relate to the evolution of architectural design and building construction. Working in groups, students research, analyze and present case studies of the architecture of buildings and associated construction technologies

CNST 195
Units/ Hours: 30

This course introduces the principles of construction estimating and quantity surveying, with a focus on the interpretation of building drawings and specifications to identify building components and visualize construction work. Students practice measurement of building elements using common practices in quantity surveying and estimating techniques. They also learn various types of estimates, the estimating process, the required skills and the critical roles of the estimator in the design and construction process.

MATH 131
Units/ Hours: 45

This course will enable students to apply specific trade related mathematical concepts and acquire foundation skills important in the fields of Construction, Welding and Plumbing. The material covered in this course builds on the material covered in Trades Calculations I.

Pre-Requisites
CNST 193
Units/ Hours: 60

This course emphasizes the interpretation of the Ontario Building Code Act and Division B 9 of the Regulations applicable to housing and small buildings, and examines the role of Building Code Act practitioners. Students employ sections of the building code to specific design and construction applications and identify applicable tables, standards and reference documents. Students interpret Zoning By-laws and the planning process in Ontario as it pertains to zoning and building regulations.

GNED 14
Units/ Hours: 45

This course is designed for students who will work in an industrial setting. The course takes a broad look at environmental issues relating to industrial practices. In some cases, technical details of recovery/recycling processes are covered. Topics include industry's effect on and remediation of natural resources such as water, air, soil, and biotic life. New approaches by industry toward sustainability and waste management are also included.

Semester 3

CNST 199
Units/ Hours: 30

Students apply Divisions B, Part 3 of the Ontario Building Code Act and Regulation (OBC). The emphasis of the course is on Large Residential, Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) and Assembly buildings that do not fall within Part 9 OBC, Housing and Small Buildings. Additionally barrier free requirements, change of use and renovations are studied.

CNST 201
Units/ Hours: 90

This course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to manage construction sites based on the contract agreement, specifications and drawings. Students learn the fundamentals of project coordination and supervision. Students analyze the cycle of operation at the jobsite and gain relevant experience in the management of labour, materials, and equipment on the site. Project start-up, interpretation of construction drawings, trade inspection and resolving technical problems on the jobsite are practised.

CNST 200
Units/ Hours: 60

This course introduces the principles of construction estimating and quantity surveying, with a focus on the interpretation of construction drawings and specifications to identify building components and construction works. Students practice measurement of building elements using industry practices in quantity surveying and estimating techniques for small buildings.

CNST 198
Units/ Hours: 45

In this course students learn the principles of heat transfer (conduction, convection, radiation and latent heat), psychrometrics (both calculation based and using the psychrometric chart), moisture (storage and transport) and air leakage. Students calculate and quantify these principles based on building physics, enabling them to compare the performance of various materials, construction types and building designs in terms of energy efficiency and costs, with an overall focus on cold climate.

CNST 165
Units/ Hours: 15

This course introduces students to the process of developing a professional portfolio. Students will be encouraged to document their learning and archive their applied experience throughout the program. The professional portfolio is the capstone project required for all students in the trades and technology programs. Students will assemble written, graphic and/or video evidence demonstrating the skills and abilities acquired through their program of study.

Pre-Requisites
CNST 197
Units/ Hours: 45

This course introduces students to the concepts and principles of mechanics, forces, equilibrium, shear, bending moments, and strength of materials as they are applied to the structural design of wood frame buildings using conventional lumber and engineered wood products.

Units/ Hours: 45

All graduates of diploma programs require general education credits. These courses allow you to explore issues of societal concern by looking at the history, theory and contemporary applications of those issues.

Your program has designated some required general education courses. In addition, you have the opportunity to choose from a list of electives each semester.

Many of these courses and some other general education courses are also available through evening classes, by distance education, or on-line. See our Part-Time Studies Calendar for these opportunities.

You may already possess general education equivalencies from other colleges or universities. Please see the General Education Co-ordinators at the Peterborough and Lindsay locations for possible exemptions.

Semester 4

CNST 202
Units/ Hours: 60

Students learn the concepts of Project Management including project planning, scheduling and control. Students practice and analyze various types of scheduling used in construction including Critical Path, Gantt, Bar Charts, Line of Balance, Cash Flow Charts, Manpower Histograms, Productivity Observation and Analysis Schedules, Corrective Action. Using project management software, students sequence trade operations in a construction project and develop Time, Quantity, Quality, and Cost tracking systems and reports.

LAWS 298
Units/ Hours: 30

This course introduces the structure of the Canadian legal system and relevant legal issues to students in architecture, construction management and related fields. Students discuss important legal principles of contract law, tort law, tendering, construction liens, insurance, bonds, risk avoidance and labour and employment law. Students identify standard forms of construction contracts and consultancy agreements.

CNST 204
Units/ Hours: 60

In this course students examine the function of mechanical and electrical (M & E) systems in buildings using the integrated project delivery (IPD) model. Students review major M&E systems and their components and equipment, including sustainable technologies and innovative solutions to create high-performance buildings. M&E drawings and specifications are interpreted along with an overview of relevant codes, standards and emerging trends.

CNST 205
Units/ Hours: 60

In this course, students develop unit prices for construction works performed by both prime contractors? own forces and subcontractors. They analyze construction cost data and production rates, and derive costs of labour, equipment and materials for various construction trades to produce unit prices. Students practice industry techniques used in scoping, quantity takeoff and price quotation for various subcontracting trades. They obtain the essential knowledge and skills requisite to practice pricing procedures to compile an accurate estimate for bidding on commercial projects.

CNST 203
Units/ Hours: 30

This course explores the use of structural steel frames in the Canadian construction industry. Emphasis is placed on framing techniques, erection processes, and MasterFormat documentation for steel frame construction. Students are introduced to loading on structural steel members, details, construction requirements, steel protection, and inspection during construction. Design and construction errors and repairs in structural steel frames are also discussed.

Units/ Hours: 45

All graduates of diploma programs require general education credits. These courses allow you to explore issues of societal concern by looking at the history, theory and contemporary applications of those issues.

Your program has designated some required general education courses. In addition, you have the opportunity to choose from a list of electives each semester.

Many of these courses and some other general education courses are also available through evening classes, by distance education, or on-line. See our Part-Time Studies Calendar for these opportunities.

You may already possess general education equivalencies from other colleges or universities. Please see the General Education Co-ordinators at the Peterborough and Lindsay locations for possible exemptions.