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Construction Technician w/Practicum Certificate

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Students taking this certificate will be trained to use 2D and 3D AutoCAD drawings, and management tools commonly used in engineering design. Drawing skills for employment in the engineering, architecture architectural and construction industries will be emphasized. Students will gain good knowledge of by using AutoCAD, and Revit Architecture. Students will also learn local building code standards, City Bylaws, and construction estimating techniques. All of these technical skills are used in a vital part of engineering, architecture and public works.

This 19-week certificate program is fully instructor-led, allowing students to navigate quickly through engineering and design theory and AutoCAD software. The curriculum includes experiential lectures and workshops facilitated by specialized industry experts. All instructors have relevant designations and at least 5 years experience in the industry. The program also includes work experience (practicum) at various firms throughout the lower mainland. The successful completion of 5 courses, including a 4-week practicum is required for program graduation.

The program duration is 19 Weeks:
15 Weeks theory classes, 4 Weeks practicum

The theory class is 20 hours per week:
20 hours lecture & discussion

Admission Requirements

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

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    Building Beautiful Structures
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    Rewarding Careers Await
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    Influencing Community Interaction
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    From Drafts to Dreams
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    Shaping Civilization


  • Entry-level Jobs
  • Construction Technician
  • Architectural/Building Drafter
  • Civil Engineering Drafter
  • Construction Estimator
  • Material Testing Technician
  • Career Paths
  • Construction Technologist
  • Construction Inspector
  • Civil Engineering Inspector
  • Building Inspector

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The Computer Aided Design and Drafting Certificate program consists of 6 core courses focusing on the application of AutoCAD to create engineering and architectural drawings. Students will learn to use high level computer aided design techniques and the most updated parametric design approach to create 2-dimensional drawings as well as 3-dimensinal models.

AUT 100, 3 Weeks | AutoCAD Fundamentals
This course will give students an introduction and overview focusing on Computer Aided Design and drafting using AutoCAD on a PC platform. Explore the use of computer-aided design in the profession. Utilizing high-end computer tools, students will gain knowledge in basic AutoCAD settings and acquire some fundamental 2 dimensional technical drawing skills.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - 2D Drawing, Drafting, Computer Software Skills
AUT 150, 3 Weeks | AutoCAD Advanced
This course introduces and emphasizes AutoCAD three-dimensional drawing concepts and model creation settings. The application of isometric assembly, three-dimensional user defined coordinate system, surface modeling, 3D object creation / editing and multiple viewport presentation and viewing technique will be the focus. Students will acquire the knowledge in the concept of forming and editing composite solid models in spatial orientation. Rendering technique and multiple viewport presenta¬tion for solid models will also be emphasized in this course.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - 3D Drawing, Model Generation and Editing, Rendering
CCT 100, 2 Weeks | 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.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Legislative Knowledge, Safety Knowledge, Communication
CCT 140, 3 Weeks | Construction Estimating 1
This course provides the student with the knowledge necessary to estimate and control construction activities for typical building and civil engineering construction projects. Topics include construction equipment, planning, quantity takeoffs, productivity rates, costing, and construction inspection. The second part introduces the legal aspects of construction contract administration. Topics include an overview of the Canadian legal system, contractual responsibilities and relationships between the various parties to a construction contract, bonding, liens and holdbacks, tendering, types of construction contracts, contents of a contract document, and the application of typical clauses to construction-related issues.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Planning, Calculations, Problem Solving
AUT 810, 4 Weeks | Civil 3D
The course provides students with good knowledge in using Autodesk Civil 3D computer software for civil engineering, land development as well as infrastructure design applications. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to create civil plan, profile, and cross sections as well as 3-dimensional corridor models. Major topics include survey data imports, creation of dynamic land surfaces as well as defining land parcels, roadway alignments, underground piping layout, infrastructure assemblies. Students will also learn automatic drafting procedures, dynamic model updating techniques and the computation of pavement construction material quantities.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - 3D Modeling, Computer Software Skills, Design Visualization
AUT 700, 4 Weeks | Work Experience/Practicum
Students will be at various small and mid-sized engineering / design businesses within the lower mainland. The purpose of this time is to apply the theory and skills learnt throughout the program and observe professionals in practical situations. The students will also acquire situational-specific skills and identify areas that may need to be developed further. Students receive feedback and evaluation of their performance and gain valuable contacts in this diverse field.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Communication, Workplace Skills, Situational Problem Solving
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