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Construction Operations and Supervision Diploma


The Construction Operations and Supervision Diploma program provides students with the knowledge and skills to work in the construction industry and advance their careers as site coordinators, supervisors, and superintendents. Students will learn construction theories, practical construction knowledge and computer application techniques. Major topics include the design concepts of buildings, building code and standards, construction drawing methods, basic project management skills, surveying, scheduling techniques, health and safety regulations, and construction estimating.

Upon successful completion of the program, students are primarily suitable for employment in local construction firms, engineering firms, consultant and governmental agencies, and with contractors or subcontractors. Employment opportunities and further studies may be pursued in the fields of 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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  • Entry-level Jobs
  • Construction Technician
  • Site Coordinator
  • Health and Safety Coordinator
  • Construction Estimating Assistant
  • Project Coordinator
  • Surveying Assistant
  • Building Materials Supplier
  • Career Paths
  • Construction Technologist
  • Site Supervisor
  • Health and Safety Officer
  • Project Estimator
  • Project Manager
  • Site Surveyor
  • Building Material Sales Manager

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35 Week Diploma, 4 Week Practicum Included


AUT010 | Computer and Mathematic Fundamentals*
This course provides students with the fundamentals of computer operation, file management, and basic mathematics. Major topics include keyboarding skills, Microsoft Word 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 student with the fundamental skills of computer aided design and drafting using AutoCAD. Students learn the most up-to-date AutoCAD techniques that are being used in engineering and building-design professions. Utilizing high-end computer tools, students learn how to create drawings in 2-dimensional environments and how to create basic 3-dimensional models.

Duration: 60 hours, 3 weeks.

Prerequisite: none.
AUT150 | AutoCAD Advanced
This course provides students with instruction in advanced level AutoCAD commands and drawing management techniques. Students will learn project-orientated drafting and design skills, with an emphasis being placed on scaled 2-Dimensional project drawing in model and paper space layout settings. Students will also learn how to use 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 provide students with a thorough understanding of Canadian building law and the British Columbia Building Code. Major topics include the study of zoning, all aspects of residential and commercial building construction standards, design specifications, occupant safety, and other professional practices which may affect the design and construction of a building. Occupational health and safety in the local workplace will also be explored.

Duration: 40 hours, 2 weeks.

Prerequisite: AUT100.
AUT140 | Technical Communication
Technical communication skills are required in service, business, and technical working environments. This course focuses on verbal, writing, and presentation skills within the scope of architecture and engineering. Students will learn how to produce technical report documents and present their project drawings effectively.

Duration: 20 hours, 1 week.

Prerequisite: none.
CCT110 | Health and Safety in Construction
This course explains the role of key stakeholders involved in health and safety issues in construction. Sessions will include: the role of the workers’ compensation board, accident prevention on the construction site, the protection of the public, health hazards, and the cost of accidents in construction.

Duration: 20 hours, 1 week.

Prerequisite: none.
CCT140 | Constructions 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.
CCT240 | Constructions Estimating 2
This course provides students with the knowledge to estimate and control construction activities for major wood, steel, and reinforced concrete building structures. Topics include residential, commercial, and industrial building quantity estimating methods, computerized takeoff techniques, and the calculation of construction costs. An overview of contractual obligations, contract specifications, and tender document interpretation will also be covered.

Duration: 40 hours, 2 weeks.

Prerequisite: AUT100, CCT100.
COS100 | Construction Management and Site Processes
This course prepares students to perform the processes and procedures of a construction manager and site management professional. Major topics include project management and the project team; the use of construction documents on jobsite; submittals, samples and shop drawings; documentation and record keeping; jobsite layout and control; meetings, negotiations, and disputes; labor relations and safety management; subcontracting and the purchasing contract structure; project quality management; time and cost control; computerized project administration; scheduling; changes and claims; progress payments, and project closeout.

Duration: 40 hours, 2 weeks.

Prerequisite: AUT100.
COS200 | Construction Surveying
This course introduces the fundamental concepts of surveying, as well as practical, hands-on knowledge of the surveying techniques applied in the construction industry. Major topics include surveying terminology, instrumentation, computations for determining horizontal positions, elevations, and basic layout techniques of buildings and infrastructures. Students will be trained to use conventional surveying equipment such as a differential level for determining elevation, and electronic total stations for determining geometric positions. Basic concepts of GIS will also be discussed in this course.

Duration: 40 hours, 2 weeks.

Prerequisite: AUT100.
COS300 | Design Principles and Construction Methods
This course provides students with an overview of structural engineering and the various types of building construction techniques. Major topics include structural load types, design standards, structural components, statics, construction materials, and construction methods. Various types of structural systems made by wood, steel and concrete material will also be discussed.

Duration: 40 hours, 2 weeks.

Prerequisite: AUT100, AUT150.
CMT100 | Construction Project Control and Scheduling
This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to plan a construction project, recognize cost controls, schedule the use of project resources, and understand the organization of the construction processes. Students will also learn to maintain construction change orders, record project data, and perform cost control functions. Various project task scheduling methods will be used throughout the course, and students will be taught to use Microsoft Project software to develop and manage a construction project.

Duration: 40 hours, 2 weeks.

Prerequisite: AUT100.
CMT200 | Project Management in Construction
This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to manage projects in the construction industry. Major topics include planning, executing, monitoring, and analyzing project activities, costs, and resource-management techniques. These skills are commonly used in developing, monitoring and controlling construction projects. In addition, the importance of project scheduling and environmental control issues will be discussed.

Duration: 40 hours, 2 weeks.

Prerequisite: AUT100.
CMT300 | Construction Law and Contracts
This course provides students with a general overview of Canadian contract and construction law. Major topics include the interpretation of contract terms and specifications and the application of construction law to the business of construction. The course content also relates these legal concepts to practical issues in the construction process. Students will become familiar with key construction law concepts through intensive studies of real life construction law cases.

Duration: 40 hours, 2 weeks.

Prerequisite: none.
BAF440 | Project Teamwork and Leadership
This course focuses on team dynamics, leadership, and building the skills required to achieve goals while working in a diverse group. Students will complete a team project and in the process practice successful communication strategies, goal definition, schedule coordination, peer feedback, and conflict management. Additional course topics include learning styles, diversity, appreciating differences, and ethical behavior in teams.

Duration: 40 hours, 2 weeks.

Prerequisite: none.
AUT650 | Portfolio Development
This course helps students prepare a working portfolio, which will assist them in presenting themselves during interviews or seminars. Students will produce a portfolio in the areas of computer aided design and engineering and architectural 2D and 3D model drawings. Students also will learn interview skills and how to prepare their resume and cover letter.

Duration: 20 hours, 1 week.

Prerequisite: AUT100, AUT150, CCT100.
WEP150 | Practicum
During their practicum, students will have the opportunity to apply the theory and skills they learned during their program to practical situations at a real business. The purpose of the practicum is for students to obtain relevant field experience prior to graduation, and identify their strengths and areas of growth prior to embarking on a new, exciting career.

Duration: 150 hours, 4 weeks.

This program is run on an intermittent intake. 29 weeks of the program are delivered in-class, and 2 weeks are delivered via a blended method of instruction. Blended courses (courses that contain both an in-person and an online study component) are designated with a course code ending in ‘B’. Students will complete the program by participating in a 4 week practicum.

Students must start this program with AUT010 (indicated with ‘*’) and may then complete the remaining courses in any order, unless there is a prerequisite. Refer to Course Descriptions for prerequisites.

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