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Structural and Building Technology Diploma


This program focuses on practical hands-on design and analysis of wood, steel and reinforced concrete structures. All aspects of design, analysis and detailing are taught in lecture format augmented by on-site field visits. Instruction in current building construction practices, design standards and current computer aided design / modeling technologies will ensure students have the knowledge, skills and competency to enter this labour force immediately upon graduation.

This program is fully instructor-led, allowing students to gain knowledge quickly through architectural design concepts to building construction. The curriculum includes lectures facilitated by specialized industry experts. The program also includes work experience (practicum) at a various architecture, interior design or engineering firms. Brighton College's Architectural Design and Building Technician diploma will be grant upon successfully completion of all courses.

Admission Requirements

  • High school diploma (or equivalent) or mature student status;
  • Pass college mathematic assessment or Math 11 and above
  • 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
  • Architectural/Building Drafter
  • Civil Engineering Drafter
  • Structural Designer/Drafter
  • Steel and Concrete Detailer
  • Project Coordinator
  • Career Paths
  • Construction Project Manager
  • Construction Inspector
  • Steel Detailer/Consultant
  • Construction Superintendent
  • Plan Checker

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35 Week Diploma, 4 Week Practicum Included


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 provides students the knowledge of the Canadian city zoning bylaws and the British Columbia Building Code. Major topics include the study of building zoning, construction methods, design specifications, occupant safety, fire protection, accessibility, wood-framed structures, and application of span tables and basic understanding of energy efficient building design. Students learn to use AutoCAD to prepare a full set of single family building design plans.

Duration: 40 hours, 2 weeks.

Prerequisite: AUT100.
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.
CCT160 | Building Construction Inspection and Management
This course provides students with the knowledge in inspection techniques as well as project management skills for building. Major topics include building construction planning, inspection considerations, Gantt charts, CPM methods and scheduling software that apply to building construction management. Overview of the inspection techniques under the guidelines of the Canadian Association of Home Properties Inspectors are also discussed in this course.

Duration: 20 hours, 1 week.

Prerequisite: AUT100, CCT100.
CCT240 | Construction 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.
STR200 | Structural Steel Design and Detailing
This course provides students the skills to design and detail steel structures. Students learn to use structural design concepts for structural steel, structural design tables, handbooks, manuals and estimating techniques for sizing of structural members. Students also learn to use AutoCAD for structural steel detailing as well as Tekla to create 3-dimensional steel structures.

Duration: 60 hours, 3 weeks.

Prerequisite: AUT100, AUT150, CCT100.
STR300 | Concrete Structure Design and Detailing
This course provides students with the knowledge to understand practical design and detailing of reinforced concrete structures in Canada. Main topics include practical design and detailing of key elements for reinforced concrete components. Students also learn to use AutoCAD for reinforced concrete detailing as well as Revit to create simple 3-dimensional building structures.

Duration: 40 hours, 2 weeks.

Prerequisite: AUT100, AUT150, CCT100.
STR400 | Pavement Structures
This course introduces the functions of road pavement and bridge structures. Students are provided with the knowledge to analyze loading conditions and the design of various types of road structures in accordance with Canadian and ministry design standards. Main topics included flexible pavement, rigid pavement structures, and concepts of equivalent single axle loads, construction material selection, environmental effects, potential distresses and rehabilitation methods.

Duration: 20 hours, 1 week.

Prerequisite: AUT100, AUT150, CCT100.
STR500 | Wood Structures
This course provides students the knowledge to understand the properties, practical design and detailing of wood structures in Canada. Major topics include properties of wood, strength of timber, engineering statics, loading conditions, material selection, structural span applications, wood connections, and design and detailing of wood structural members. Introduction to earthquake resistant design consideration is also discussed.

Duration: 40 hours, 2 weeks.

Prerequisite: AUT100, AUT150, CCT100.
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.
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.

ENHANCE YOUR CAREER Structural and Building Technology

" Brighton College had a friendly environment, very encouraging instructors, and supportive staff. I had a very good experience at Brighton College, and I learned everything about the local construction industry. "
Alex Asipenka Brighton College Alumni

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