Building Construction Science Diploma

Construction Management Technology
Program Code: D35190

Building Construction Science Diploma

This program focuses on live projects and hands-on activities to teach students energy-efficient construction materials and methods associated with high-performance buildings. Students will learn advanced framing methods and other alternative building techniques associated with ‘green building’. Students will also learn energy auditing techniques and software associated with building energy analysis. Students will graduate from this program with the skills required to build high-performance buildings and monitor their energy use. As the construction industry reinvents itself around more sustainable building concepts, the Building Construction Science Program at A-B Tech is the “go-to” place for training and retraining for a new era of construction.

All credits in this program can transfer into the Associate's Degree in Construction Management Technologies which would allow a student to graduate in two years with a diploma and a degree. Many of the credits transfer into our Sustainability Technologies program as well. Furthermore, some credits will transfer into four-year programs.

 

For more information, contact Heath Moody by email at brantonhmoody@abtech.edu or by phone at (828) 398-7349.

Visit Construction Science Overview or visit Facebook @AshevilleGreenSchool for more program details.

Specific Requirements

Courses requiring a grade of “C” or better: ARC, BPR, CIS, CMT, CST, and SST

Courses in this program

Course Course Code Credit Hours Link to course details

This course introduces construction materials and their methodologies. Topics include construction terminology, materials and their properties, manufacturing processes, construction techniques, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to detail construction assemblies and identify construction materials and properties.

This course covers the interpretation of prints and specifications that are associated with design and construction projects. Topics include interpretation of documents for foundations, floor plans, elevations, and related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to read and interpret construction prints and documents.

This course introduces the student to the fundamentals of effective supervision emphasizing professionalism through knowledge and applied skills. Topics include safety, planning and scheduling, contracts, problem-solving, communications, conflict resolution, recruitment, employment laws and regulations, leadership, motivation, teamwork, discipline, setting objectives, and training. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate the basic skills necessary to be successful as a supervisor in the construction industry.

This course covers standard and alternative building methods to include wall framing. Topics include safety and footings, foundations, floor framing systems, and wall framing systems commonly used in the construction industry. Upon completion, students should be able to safely erect all framing necessary to begin roof framing.

This course covers building methods and materials used to dry-in a building.  Topics include safety, ceiling/roof framing applications, roof finishes, windows, and exterior doors.  Upon completion, students should be able to safely erect different roof types and properly install window and exterior doors, roofing, and exterior finish materials.

Course Course Code Credit Hours Link to course details

This course covers the methods of researching building codes for specific projects. Topics include residential and commercial building codes. Upon completion, students should be able to determine the code constraints governing residential and commercial projects.

This course covers building methods and materials used to complete the interior of a structure.  Topics include safety, installation of thermal and acoustical barriers, and interior finishes including millwork, cabinets, interior doors, flooring, and wall treatments.  Upon completion, students should be able to safely and accurately install interior treatments including insulation, paneling, drywall, molding, doors, flooring, and cabinetry.

This course is designed to increase student knowledge about integrating sustainable design principles and green building technologies into mainstream residential construction practices.  Emphasis is placed on reducing negative environmental impact and improving building performance, indoor air quality and the comfort of a building's occupants.  Upon completion, students should be able to identify principles of green building, environmental efficiency, and conservation of natural resources in relation to basic construction practices.

This course covers the procedures involved in planning and estimating a residential structure. Topics include labor and equipment with emphasis placed on quantity take-off of materials necessary to construct a residential structure. Upon completion, students should be able to accurately complete a take-off of materials and equipment needs and plan the labor to construct a residential structure.

This course introduces the principles of analyzing energy use, energy auditing tools and techniques, conservation techniques, and calculating energy savings. Topics include building system control theory, calibrating digital controls, energy loss calculations, and applicable conservation techniques. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of energy use, audits, and controls in the analysis of energy consumption

This course introduces green building design, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and comparable certifications, and their significance in modern building construction.  Topics include LEED certification or similar rating systems, energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and sustainable building materials.  Upon completion, students should be able to incorporate ecological awareness and sustainable principles within the context of design and construction.  

Course Course Code Credit Hours Link to course details

This course is designed to develop informative and business writing skills. Emphasis is placed on the logical organization of writing, including effective introductions and conclusions, precise use of grammar, and appropriate selection and use of sources. Upon completion, students should be able to produce clear, concise, well-organized short papers.

This course provides an integrated approach to technology and the skills required to manipulate, display, and interpret mathematical functions and formulas used in problem-solving. Topics include basic geometric and proportion applications; simplification, evaluation, and solving of algebraic and radical functions; complex numbers; right triangle trigonometry; and systems of equations. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate the ability to use mathematics and technology for problem-solving, analyzing and communicating results.

Total Credit Hours Required:
45

See your advisor for General Education substitutes.

Curriculum is based on 2020-21 catalog.

Get insight on 26 Building Construction Science career choices, and find what's right for you

Launch Career Coach