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Construction Operations Technician Certificate


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

Upon successful completion of the program, students are primarily suitable for employment in local construction firms, sub-contractors, engineering firms and governmental agencies. Employment opportunities and further studies may be pursued in the fields of engineering, building science, construction project management and architecture.

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
  • Construction Estimating Assistant
  • Project Coordinator
  • Building Materials Supplier
  • Career Paths
  • Construction Technologist
  • Site Supervisor
  • Project Estimator
  • Project Manager
  • Building Material Sales Manager

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18 Week Certificate


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.
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.
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: 80 hours, 4 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.

This program is delivered via in-class instruction and is run on an intermittent intake model. Students must start the program with AUT010 (indicated with ‘*’). They may then complete the remaining courses in any order, unless there is an additionally noted prerequisite.

ENHANCE YOUR CAREER Construction Operations Technician Certificate

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