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College Catalog Fall 2011 - Spring 2012
Construction Technology - AAS

The Field

SUNY Delhi’s two-year program for construction supervisors, managers, and technicians is nationally accredited by the American Council for Construction Education. The program addresses an expanding population and a complex technological society, changes that have significantly increased construction needs in housing, commercial buildings, and civil structures in the United States. These same technological advances have expanded the career opportunities for construction managers and technicians in field construction processes, particularly for assisting construction contractors in project superintendence, estimating construction costs, bidding procedures, project expediting, material testing, building layout and surveying, general construction inspection, and other allied specialties.

New construction concepts and methods have opened exciting areas for the technician, particularly in energy-efficient building techniques, prefabrication, material testing, and modular concepts. These latest concepts, combined with new, more sophisticated materials and equipment, make college-level training and/or competence a minimum requirement for entry into construction-industry careers.

Many graduates of Delhi’s Construction Technology program have elected to continue their studies in construction management and construction technologies at schools such as Syracuse University, Purdue University, New Jersey Institute at Tech Central, SUNY Oswego, Connecticut State University, University of Florida, and Rochester Institute of Technology.

The Instructional Program

Delhi's Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree program in Construction Technology has a solid and long-standing reputation as a premier instructional program for all aspects of building construction technology and related areas. The faculty are experienced contractors with firsthand experience in the construction industry. The courses are designed to give a basic understanding of light frame and commercial building construction. In addition to building materials and methods courses, students receive instruction in estimating, law and contracting, construction planning and control, and other courses closely related to field control of the construction process.

The instructional facility for Construction Technology is Smith Hall, a building designed specifically for specialized classroom and laboratory activities. Students receive extensive laboratory work to augment their classroom instruction. Laboratory practice, where feasible, includes the design, engineering, planning, and erecting of full-scale buildings.

Career Options

The market for construction technology and management skills is a vibrant one with many opportunities in the field of commercial construction. Attractive positions can be found with construction companies, engineering firms, government agencies, large corporations, and building products manufacturers, among others. Program faculty maintain broad contacts within the industry regionally, and advise and assist graduates in securing employment.

Transfer Options

The Construction Technology A.A.S. degree gives students the opportunity to either enter the workforce or transfer to a bachelor degree program. Those who continue their studies typically pursue a degree in construction management. One such option is now available right at SUNY Delhi: a Bachelor of Technology (B.T.) degree in Architectural Design and Building with a Construction Management advisement option. This four-year degree program is in a 2+2 format with the Construction Technology A.A.S. degree. Students who successfully complete the Construction Technology degree can apply for admission to the B.T. program and, if qualified, continue their studies at the next level.

For program graduates who seek transfer to another institution, the technology emphasized at Delhi provides a solid foundation for any degree program in construction management. Faculty can advise transferring students regarding bachelor programs which articulate well with Delhi's A.A.S. degree.


SUNY Curriculum Code:  0540

SUNY General Education Requirements: Students who intend to receive A.A., A.S., or baccalaureate degrees must satisfy SUNY and campus General Education (GE) requirements to graduate. Students should be aware that GE requirements may vary by academic program. Consult with your academic advisor. For general information, see the "General Education" section of this catalog.

A.A.S. and A.O.S. degree students may not be required to fulfill General Education (GE) requirements; however, any student who may wish to transfer should complete as many GE courses as possible. Consult with your academic advisor.


First Semester

Course No. Course Cr. Hrs.
AECT 100 Orientation to Architecture and Construction Technology 1
AECT 110 Construction Materials 3
ARCH 110 Computer-Aided Residential Drawings 3
ARCH 120 Architectural Graphics 2
CNST 110 Principles and Practices of Wood Construction 3
MATH 128 College Algebra 3
  Total 15

Second Semester

Course No.


Cr. Hrs.

AECT 150

Statics and Strengths of Materials


CNST 150

Concrete and Masonry Construction


CNST 160

Construction Surveying


ECON ___

Introductory Macroeconomics or
Introductory Microeconomics


ENGL ___

Freshman Composition or Advanced Composition 2 3

MATH 138


  Total  18

Third Semester

Course No.


Cr. Hrs.

ARCH 220

Commercial Detailing


CNST 210

Commercial Building System Eng. Tech.


CNST 230

Site Safety Management


COMM 100

Public Speaking


PHYS 150
SCIE 125

General Physics I or
Exploring Physical Science Applications

  Total 16

Fourth Semester

Course No.


Cr. Hrs.

 ACCT 115  Financial Accounting  3
 AECT 280  Environmental Systems I  4
 CNST 260  Estimating and Planning  3
 CNST 270  Construction Law and Contracting  3
 CNST 295  Construction Seminar  3
 ____ ___  Elective from General Education group 4 or 5  3
   Total  19

 Degree Requirement: 68 credit hours


1 Mathematics is by placement according to competency. MATH 128 College Algebra and MATH 138 Trigonometry are the minimum exit-level mathematics requirement for this program. Students with appropriate math backgrounds will be placed in higher-level math courses.

2 The first English is by placement according to competency. Students with appropriate English backgrounds will be advised to enroll in ENGL 200 Advanced Composition or another higher-level English course.

Technical Standards:  In addition to academic requirements, all applicants must also be able to meet the minimum Technical Standards for the program with or without reasonable accommodation.


Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for consideration, an applicant must:

Geometry and Algebra II/Trigonometry and physics are strongly recommended.


Student Learning Outcomes

A graduate of the Construction Technology A.A.S. program should be able to:

  1. Discuss the academic and career opportunities available in the field of construction technology, and have a working knowledge of how to utilize these opportunities.
  2. Discuss and apply the principles and practices of wood construction, including building layout; floor, wall, and roof framing; and member loading.
  3. Apply fundamental principles of drafting to residential drawings, including basic lettering and linework techniques, wall sections, basic working drawings, and residential details.
  4. Understand and apply the fundamental techniques, skills, and computer usage necessary in the construction industry, including word processing, spreadsheets, and CAD.
  5. Exhibit knowledge of the physical properties, design considerations, and practical applications of engineered structural components and common finish materials as they relate to the entire building system.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the strength of materials through the analysis of basic forces, conditions for equilibrium, stress-strain relationships, riveted and bolted connections, steel and timber beam design, simple column design, concrete form work design, and temporary structures.
  7. Exhibit knowledge of the practical and technical aspects of concrete and masonry materials, including soils classification, concrete mix design, applicable codes, report writing, and testing.
  8. Understand and utilize construction surveying practices for residential and commercial structures, including use and care of equipment.
  9. Demonstrate knowledge of the methods and materials of commercial buildings and structures, as well as construction project planning, construction site record keeping, and safety.
  10. Develop working drawings for a complete commercial building project, including plans, sections, elevations, and details.
  11. Fully understand and be able to transmit pertinent information concerning the environmental hazards of chemicals and building materials produced on or brought to a construction site, as well as be aware of how hazardous materials should be handled, stored, and disposed of in accordance with OSHA regulations.
  12. Analyze the various components within a building, and compare the different construction materials relative to current construction practices and the implications for indoor air quality. 
  13. Perform construction estimating calculations, including quantity take-offs, labor rates, overhead, and profit; and be conversant with the skills necessary to do time scheduling and project management using computer applications. 
  14. Understand the fundamentals of mechanical and electrical equipment requirements for buildings. 
  15. Understand and apply the principles of physics to the field of construction. 
  16. Recognize and respond to emergencies by making appropriate decisions regarding first-aid care.

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