Construction Engineering Technician

Program Title – Construction Engineering Technician


Program Codes
Program codes are for September intakes except those that are indicated differently.
NORT – T067 (PC) Timmins Campus

Program Specific Information and Forms
Below are requirements relating to this program.
AutoCAD System Requirements (PDF, 99.5KB)
SolidWorks System Requirements (PDF, 92KB)

Program Description
Construction has become an industry of skill and precision. The construction industry needs people who can handle everything from estimating to sales, and who know how everything in the building process fits together. Northern’s two-year program is designed to help students enter the construction and building management industry with a knowledge of construction law and management. Students will practice the skills required by today’s construction industry. They will learn computerized drawing and detailing, surveying, methods and materials, specification writing, building code, residential and commercial estimating, engineering materials testing and mechanical installation. Overall, this unique mixture of architectural, civil, structural and mechanical knowledge and skills will give students an insight into the technical requirements of building construction and maintenance.

Career Opportunities
Students graduating from this program may find employment in construction management, contracting, estimating, sales, government services and consulting.

Contact Information
Tony Douglass, Program Coordinator
douglasst@northern.on.ca
Tel: 705-235-3211 x2287

Admission Requirements
Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
Grade 12 English (C, U)
Grade 12 Math (C, U) (MCT4C preferred; MAP4C is accepted with a minimum GPA of 60%)
Grade 12 Physics (C, U) recommended

Or equivalent

Or mature student status (an applicant who does not have a high school diploma or equivalent, and will have reached the age of 19 years on or before the start of the program). Mature students must undergo academic testing prior to admission into a program. Call the Admissions Office at 705-235-7222 for more details. Note: Academic prerequisites for this program may be obtained free of charge through Academic Upgrading.

Semester 1
AR1016 Methods and Materials I/Detailing
CM1903 A Communications I
GN1033 Health and Safety
IN1224 CAD I
IN1093 Computer Applications for Business and Technology
MA1015 Mathematics I

Semester 2
AR2034 Project Documentation
AR2063 Construction Management/Law
AR4044 Residential Estimating
CV2015 Engineering Materials and Testing
IN2304 CAD II
IN4163 Introduction to G.I.S.
MA6022 Statistics
MP3004 HVAC

Semester 3
AR3016 Construction Management Placement
AR3034 Mechanical/Electrical Installations I
CM3035 Report Writing
GN2133 Law and Ethics
SU1006 Survey Principles

Semester 4
AR2206 Ontario Building Code II
AR4054 Commercial Estimating
AR4213 Methods and Materials II
CV2213 Plans Examination and Building Studies
SU2003 Plane Survey I
SU3010 Municipal Engineering

Semester 1
AR1016 Methods and Materials I/Detailing
This course describes in detail the material and construction techniques required for quality residential construction. Topics will extend from soils and foundations to building envelope. Various options are discussed for each topic, allowing the builder/designer to make informed decisions. Students will use established sketching and drafting techniques to complete various construction details.

CM1903 A Communications I
Communications I is a practical course designed to help strengthen both oral and written skills. Students will be exposed to a variety of learning methods and communication formats. Emphasis will be placed on the use of appropriate structure, writing conventions and style. Students will also develop discipline-specific documents as well as learn the basics of portfolio assembly and presentation.

GN1033 Health and Safety
This course is an introduction to the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations. Topics include the Act and several related regulations. The student will also complete a valid WHMIS certification course during the semester.

IN1224 CAD I
Computer Aided Drafting (AutoCAD 2012) is an introductory course using the text “BEGINNING AutoCAD 2012″. The text is an exercise workbook designed for the classroom instruction or self study. There are 30 lessons. Each lesson starts with a step-by-step instructions followed by exercises designed for practicing the commands you learn within that exercise. The first assigned project will be to draw construction drawings for a small residential garage followed by a residential project for a small bungalow.

IN1093 Computer Applications for Business and Technology
Students are introduced to commonly used features of the most widely used microcomputer applications – MS Word, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint. Basic computer skills are required as prerequisites. A series of lectures, projects, and exercises will take advantage of Microsoft Office features. Word’s extensive menu, toolbar, and template features will be used to create various business documents. Project material is developed so that students will apply their software skills to course material throughout their program of studies.

MA1015 Mathematics I
This course covers basic algebra properties, graphing the straight line, basic geometry and trigonometry, factoring and solving a system of equations algebraically with applications. It also covers vector addition by components and by the cosine and sine laws.

Semester 2
AR2034 Project Documentation
Project Documentation consists of specification contract writing and project planning, all are integral parts of any project. The specifications contain the legal documentation as well as the trade section for various building materials. Project planning is a series of activities strung together using critical path management principles to create a time line for estimating and construction purposes. Prerequisite: AR1016 Methods and Materials I/Detailing. Prerequisite: AR1016 Methods and Materials I/Detailing

AR2063 Construction Management/Law
This course will help students understand their legal obligations, authority and responsibilities as a construction manager.

AR4044 Residential Estimating
The purposes of this course are to give beginning estimators an understanding of the fundamental principles of estimating, provide beginning estimators with practical experience, and to give beginning estimators a basic understanding of how to use spreadsheets to increase their estimating productivity and reduce errors. Prerequisite: AR1016 Methods and Materials I/Detailing

CV2015 Engineering Materials and Testing
This course provides a clear and concise introduction to civil engineering construction materials, including soils, aggregates and Portland cement concrete technology. Students will gain appreciable understanding in the theory and the laboratory test procedures of materials testing according to ASTM, AASHTO, ACI and CSA standards of soil and concrete testing. Prerequisite: MA1015 Math I

IN2304 CAD II
The CAD II course for Civil Technology is developed to prepare students for more applied CAD skills. With a combination of theory and applicable practice using AutoCAD, the student will learn the process of preparing Architectural Design Presentation Drawings, and Structural Drawings. Design lectures will be given on preliminary Architectural Basic Elements in order to familiarize the students on Design Principles and procedures. Structural Drawing lectures will be co-ordinated with the term project. The student will learn the step by step process of creating Structural Drawings for their term project.

IN4163 Introduction to GIS
This course introduces the basic principles of geographic information systems. Emphasis will be placed on the theory, uses and applications of GIS today. There is a highly practical component to this course. Prerequisites: IN1013 Computer Applications I; IN1224 CAD I.

MA6022 Statistics
This course covers the following: Introduction to Statistics; organization and graphing of data; measures of location; measures of variation; probability and probability distributions; normal distributions and confidence intervals; statistical process control and regression and correlation.

MP3004 HVAC
This course is designed to provide the student with practical experience in diagnosis and repair of heating and air conditioning systems

Semester 3
AR3016 Construction Management Placement
This is a one-day per week placement required for the entire semester. Students select an area of construction they would like to observe and participate in with the assistance of the professor and must provide a written report detailing their activities when completed. Prerequisite: AR2063 Construction Management/Law

AR3034 Mechanical/Electrical Installations I
The course in Mechanical and Electrical Installations I introduces the student to basic Mechanical and Electrical Systems in the Commercial construction industry. In this course we will cover such topics as HVAC, piping, plumbing equipment and systems, Fire Protection, Introduction to Electricity, Communications, Life Safety, Security Systems, Electrical Design, Electrical Wiring, Lighting Design and Sustainable Design.

CM3035 Report Writing
This course, built on the skills developed in Technical Communications, concentrates on written and oral technical reports. The course presents the theory and practice necessary for the preparation and writing of short informal reports. In addition, this course includes problem-solving strategies, job-search techniques, and meeting preparation and participation techniques. Prerequisite: Communications CM1124.

GN2133 Law and Ethics
This course provides a basis for legal and ethical issues of importance to graduates and specifically covers torts, professional liability and contract law. Its goal is to begin preparing the student for professional designations and/or examinations.

SU1006 Survey Principles
This course is an introduction to the basic principles of Plane Surveying. The theory and use of theodolites, steel tapes and levels will be covered. Basic surveying calculations for direction, coordinates and area will be included.

Semester 4
AR2206 Ontario Building Code II
This course, using the House 2003 material, will assist the students to review and become more familiar with the particular portions of the OBC dealing with houses. The course covers: Basics of Structural Requirements, Design of Areas and Spaces, Doors, Windows and Skylights, Stairs, Ramps, Handrails, Guards, Means of Egress, Fire Protection, Sound Control, Excavation, Dampproofing, Waterproofing, Soil Gas Control, Drainage, Footings, Foundations, Slabs-on-Ground, Columns, Crawl Spaces, Attic and Roof Spaces, Masonry, Chimneys, Fireplaces, Wood Frame Construction, Sheet Steel Stud Wall Framing, Heat Transfer, Air Leakage, Condensation Control, Roofing, Cladding, Stucco, Flooring, Plumbing, Electrical Facilities, Garages and Carports, Cottages, Log Construction and Park Model Trailers.

AR4054 Commercial Estimating
The Commercial Estimating Course will utilize the text “Construction Estimating Using Excel 2nd Edition” by Stephen J. Peterson. The first construction estimating book to integrate complete coverage of using Microsoft Excel as an estimating tool. Construction Estimating Using Excel introduces beginning estimators to fundamental principles of estimating and includes a wealth of real-world exercises to help them gain practical estimating experience. By introducing spreadsheets as a way of increasing estimating experience. By introducing spreadsheets as a way of increasing estimating productivity and reducing errors, Construction Estimating Using Excel can help both beginning and experienced estimators improve their estimating skills. Prerequisite: AR1016 Methods and Materials I/Detailing.

AR4213 Methods and Materials II
This course is designed to complement the Methods and Materials I course at an Advanced level, and to prepare the students for the construction industry. This course will cover the following topics from the text Construction Materials, Methods, and Techniques (Third Edition) by William P. Spence, ISBN 1-4354-8108-4. Part I: Introduction to Construction Methods, Materials, and Techniques. Part II: Site Construction and Earthwork. Part III: Concrete and Masonry. Part IV: Metal, Wood, and Plastics. Part V: Thermal and Moisture Protection, Openings and Finishes.

CV2213 Plans Examination and Building Studies
Research and evaluation is an important part of the construction industry. Building studies uses existing structures to research construction materials and techniques and evaluate them against established standards.

SU2003 Plane Survey I
This course is a continuation of Surveying Principles. The use of total station field instruments will be covered. Emphasis will be placed on practical field applications. Prerequisite: SU1006 Surveying Principles

SU3010 Municipal Engineering
This course includes the study of engineering surveys, construction surveys, as well as the study and preparation of municipal services, plans and profiles. Students will perform necessary calculations and fieldwork required for grade control for sewers, roadways or residential structures and interpret necessary survey information from architectural working drawings. Prerequisite: SU1006 Surveying Principles

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