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Construction and Drafting Technician Diploma


 

This program emphasizes on practical hands-on construction practices in building and civil infrastructures. All aspects of design, drafting and construction methods are taught in lecture format augmented by on-site field visits. Instruction in the current building construction practices, civil infrastructure construction standards and current computer drafting technologies ensure students will have the knowledge, skills and competency to enter this labor force immediately upon graduation.

After graduation, students are primarily suitable for employment in local construction firms, with contractors, engineering and/or architecture companies. Employment opportunities and further studies may be pursued in civil engineering, building science, architecture and computer-aided design.

Admission Requirements

  • High school diploma (or equivalent) or mature student status;
  • Domestic students: Grade 10 English or pass college English assessment; International students: IELTS 6.0 proof (or equivalent) or pass college English assessment

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    Building Beautiful Structures
  • Page 2 of 5
    Rewarding Careers Await
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    Influencing Community Interaction
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    From Drafts to Dreams
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    Shaping Civilization

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

  • Entry-level Jobs
  • Construction Technician
  • Architectural/Building Drafter
  • Civil Engineering Drafter
  • Construction Estimating Assistant
  • Construction Project Coordinator
  • Interior Design Drafter
  • Career Paths
  • Construction Project Manager
  • Construction Inspector
  • Civil Engineering Inspector
  • Building Inspector
  • Structural Designer
  • Construction Superintendent

Potential Earnings

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PROGRAM DURATION

35 Week Diploma, 4 Week Practicum Included

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

AUT010 | Computer and Mathematic Fundamentals*
This course provides students the fundamental knowledge of computer operation, file management and the basics of mathematics. Major topics include Microsoft Word keyboarding skills, document formatting, Excel spreadsheet creation, linear algebra, quadratic equations, trigonometry, and geometry.

Duration: 20 hours, 1 week.

Prerequisite: none.
AUT100 | AutoCAD Fundamentals*
This course provides students with knowledge and skills focusing on computer aided design and drafting using AutoCAD. Students learn the most updated techniques in computer-aided design / drafting in the engineering and building design profession. Utilizing high-end computer tools, students gain knowledge in producing drawings in 2-dimensional environment as well as basic 3-dimensional models.

Duration: 60 hours, 3 weeks.

Prerequisite: none.
AUT150 | AutoCAD Advanced
This course provides students with in-depth studies in advanced level AutoCAD commands and drawing management techniques. A complete overview focuses on project orientated drafting and design skills with an emphasis on scaled 2-Dimensional project drawing in model and paper space layout settings. Students also learn advanced 3-Dimensional tools to create surface models and composite solid models.

Duration: 60 hours, 3 weeks.

Prerequisite: AUT100.
CCT100 | Building Code
This course will give students a thorough understanding of the Canadian building law and the British Columbia Building Code. Major topics include the study of the zoning, all aspects of residential and commercial building construction standards, design specifications, occupant safety and professional practice which may affect the design and construction of the building. Occupational health and safety in local workplace will also be emphasized in this course.

Duration: 40 hours, 2 weeks.

Prerequisite: AUT100.
AUT310 | Revit Architecture
This course is a parametric Building Information Modeling (BIM) program. Students use Revit® Architecture to learn building information modeling and the tools for parametric building design and documentation. Students begin the course by learning the fundamental features of Revit and progress through design modeling to drawing production. Major topics include the modeling of basic building structures, wall type selection, building interior design, family customization, site creation, roof design, 3D walkthrough, rendering and sheet production.

Duration: 80 hours, 4 weeks.

Prerequisite: AUT100, AUT150, CCT100.
AUT420 | Electrical Systems
This course covers the principals of electrical systems with a strong emphasis on building load, wirings, components, materials and design layout. Students learn how to calculate electrical loads for houses, apartment units and prepare electrical design drawings for residential building systems.

Duration: 20 hours, 1 week.

Prerequisite: AUT100.
AUT450 | AutoCAD for Interior Design
This course provides students the skills in creating interior design drawings for commercial and hospitality project. Students use AutoCAD to create conceptual and detailed design for drawing. Main topics include partition design, ceiling plan design, interior furniture selection, interior cross section layout, space planning, and wheel chair access design. Students learn how to design building architectural and interior features in accordance with the local building code and Bylaw standards.

Duration: 40 hours, 2 weeks.

Prerequisite: AUT100, AUT150, CCT100.
AUT550 | Sketch Up
This course provides students with 3D computer modeling skills by using the Sketchup software application. Students learn the knowledge to create architectural building components and models with rendering effects. Major topics include layers, sketch techniques, land topography, exterior wall creation, paint style, roof modeling, building interior layout, sectioning, scene creation and sheet layout.

Duration: 20 hours, 1 week.

Prerequisite: AUT100, AUT150.
AUT810 | Civil 3D
The course provides students with the knowledge to use Autodesk Civil 3D computer software for civil engineering, land development and infrastructure design. Students learn how to create civil plans, profiles, and cross sections as well as 3-dimensional corridor models. Major topics include survey data imports, creation of land surfaces, land parcels, roadway alignments, underground piping layout, and infrastructure assemblies. Students also learn Civil 3D drafting procedures, dynamic model updating techniques and the computation of earth work as well as pavement material quantities.

Duration: 80 hours, 4 weeks.

Prerequisite: AUT100, AUT150, CCT100.
CCT110 | Health and Safety in Construction
This course presents the role of key stakeholders involved in health and safety issues in construction. Sessions will include: the role of workers’ compensation board; accident prevention on the construction site; protection of the public; health hazards and the cost of accidents in construction.

Duration: 20 hours, 1 week.

Prerequisite: none.
CCT140 | Construction Estimating 1
This course provides students with the knowledge necessary to estimate and control construction activities for typical building and civil engineering construction projects. Topics include residential, commercial and civil infrastructure estimating methods, quantity takeoff, and cost calculation procedures of construction components. An overview of the contractual responsibilities and relationships between the various parties to a construction contract and tendering processes is also covered.

Duration: 60 hours, 3 weeks.

Prerequisite: AUT100, CCT100.
CCT150 | Civil Construction Inspection and Management
This course provides students with good knowledge in detailed inspection techniques as well as project management skills for civil engineering infrastructures. Topics include construction planning, inspection, Gantt charts, CPM methods, scheduling software and civil construction management skills. In addition, overview of the contractual responsibilities, contract relationships, bonding, liens and holdbacks, tendering, types of contracts, and the application of typical clauses to construction related issues will be taught in this course.

Duration: 20 hours, 1 week.

Prerequisite: AUT100, CCT100.
CCT160 | Building Construction Inspection and Management
This course provides students with good knowledge in detailed inspection techniques as well as project management skills for building. Topics include building / construction planning, inspection, Gantt charts, CPM methods, scheduling software and building construction management skills. In addition, an overview of the Canadian legal system, contractual responsibilities, contract relationships, bonding, liens and holdbacks, tendering, types of contracts, and the application of typical clauses to construction related issues will be taught in this course.

Duration: 20 hours, 1 week.

Prerequisite: AUT100, CCT100.
AUT650 | Portfolio Development
This course prepares students the skills for a working portfolio which will assist the students in presenting themselves during interviews or seminars. Students learn how to produce a portfolio in the areas of computer aided design, engineering and architectural 2D, and 3D models drawings. Students also learn to prepare the resume, cover letter as well as the interview skills.

Duration: 20 hours, 1 week.

Prerequisite: AUT100, AUT150, CCT100.
AUT410 | Building Piping Services
This course covers the principals of plumbing piping system design with a strong emphasis on the application piping components, material selection and design layout which applies to water, storm and sanitary piping systems in buildings. Students learn to calculate hydraulic loads for fixtures units and prepare piping design drawings for residential as well as commercial building projects. Students also learn to apply British Columbia Plumbing Code in the design of plumbing piping systems.

Duration: 40 hours, 2 weeks.

Prerequisite: AUT100, AUT150, CCT100.
AUT140 | Technical Communications
Technical communication skills are required in services, business and technical working environments. This course focuses on the verbal, writing and the presentation skills within the scope of architecture and engineering. Students learn to produce technical report documents as well as the skills to present their project drawings.

Duration: 20 hours, 1 week.

Prerequisite: none.
WEP150 | Practicum
The student will have the opportunity to integrate theory and skills learnt during the program with practical situation from the real world of business. The purpose is to obtain relevant field experience prior to graduation and identify strengths prior to embarking on a new, exciting career.

Duration: 150 hours, 4 weeks.

The program is delivered in an in-class instruction method. The program has an intermittent intake model. Students start the program with the course indicated with (*) and then complete the remaining lecture courses in any order unless there is a prerequisite. Refer to course description for prerequisite.



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