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College Catalog Fall 2013 - Spring 2014

Construction Technology - AAS

The Instructional Program

The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree program in Construction Technology is nationally accredited by the American Council for Construction Education, with faculty who 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.

Transfer Options

The A.A.S. degree gives students the opportunity to either enter the workforce or continue in a bachelor degree program at SUNY Delhi--the Bachelor of Technology (B.T.) degree in Construction Management. This four-year degree program is in a 2+2 format with the A.A.S. degree, so students who successfully complete the A.A.S. 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, Delhi's A.A.S. provides a solid foundation for any degree program in construction management. Faculty can advise students regarding bachelor programs which articulate well with Delhi's A.A.S. degree.

Minimum Requirements to be Considered for Admission


Transfer Student:

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



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.

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.

Academic Requirements: 

Minimum Total Credit Hours = 68

Major Courses Required - 46 credit hours

Course No. Course Cr. Hrs.
ACCT 115  Financial Accounting1 3
AECT 100 Orientation to Architecture and Construction Technology 1
AECT 110 Construction Materials 3
AECT 150 Statics and Strengths of Materials 3
AECT 280  Environmental Systems I 4
ARCH 110 Computer-Aided Residential Drawings 3
ARCH 120 Architectural Graphics 2
ARCH 220 Commercial Detailing 3
CNST 110 Principles and Practices of Wood Construction 3
CNST 150 Concrete and Masonry Construction 3
CNST 160 Construction Surveying 3
CNST 210 Commercial and Heavy Construction Methods
CNST 230 Site Safety Management 2
CNST 260 Estimating and Planning 3
CNST 270 Construction Law and Contracting 3
CNST 295 Construction Seminar 3

 General Education/Liberal Arts Courses Required - 22 credit hours

Course No. Course Cr. Hrs.
COMM 100 Public Speaking 3
ECON ___ Introductory Macroeconomics or
Introductory Microeconomics 1
ENGL ___ Freshman Composition or Advanced Composition2 3
MATH 128 College Algebra3 3
MATH 138 Trigonometry3  3

PHYS 150

General Physics I  




SCIE 125 Exploring Physical Science Applications  
  Elective from GE 4


1 Students not pursuing a BT degree may substitute other general education or business electives for ECON 100/110 and ACCT 115.

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.

3 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.


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. 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
    6. 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.
    7. Understand and utilize construction surveying practices for residential and commercial structures, including use and care of equipment.
    8. Demonstrate knowledge of the methods and materials of commercial buildings and structures, as well as construction project planning, construction site record keeping, and safety.
    9. Develop working drawings for a complete commercial building project, including plans, sections, elevations, and details.
    10. 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.  Recognize and understand construction site safety standards.
    11. 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. 
    12. 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. 
    13. Understand the fundamentals of mechanical and electrical code requirements for buildings. Comprehend the functions of various mechanical and electrical systems as they pertain to residential, commercial, and industrial applications. Become aware of the importance of indoor air quality (IAQ), as it relates to occupancy. 
    14. Understand and apply the principles of physics to the field of construction. 
    15. Comprehend the fundamentals of project bidding, bonding and insurance, available delivery systems, contractual agreements, legal and performance responsibilities, and further contracting practices that are applied throughout the construction industry.

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