Building Codes Technology


C-TV host David tells you why you should consider a career in Building Codes Technology.

 
Work in code enforcement, as a permit technician, or building inspector.
 
 
 
 
 

Not just hammers and nails, the BCT program incorporates new advancements in Building Codes Technology.

The Building Codes Technology Certificate Program is a comprehensive program consisting of four concentrations which focuses on both commercial and residential building code coursework. Taught by experts in the field, students are offered a broad curriculum, including learning about construction materials, building systems, codes, and blueprint reading.

The Building Codes certificate prepares you for a career in building inspection, building construction and supervision, permit technician, and other building code related careers. It is suitable for those new to the industry, those already in the inspection or construction industry, and includes supporting instruction for plans examiners, architects, engineers, project managers, facilities managers, design professionals, codes enforcement officers, housing enforcement staff, fire personnel, and building officials. The certificate also helps prepare students for the International Code Council (ICC) certification exams.

Certificate of Achievement: Building Codes Technology

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Building Code Technology Program Course Outlines

Student Learning Outcomes

BCT-C300

Section Description

The student will gain insight into building laws founded on broad-based performance principles and will become familiar with the proper use of the International Building Code. This includes administrative, occupancy, types of construction, materials, fire resistive standards, exiting and detailed regulating provisions of the document. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • The student will be able to classify all buildings by the various types of construction and apply general requirements of minimum standards based on this classification.
  • The student will be able to classify all buildings by use or occupancy, determine the occupant load, and calculate adequate emergency exit requirements.
  • The student will be able to evaluate fire receptiveness of various construction materials and assemblies.
  • The student will be able to examine construction plans and evaluate if minimum code requirements have been met for each occupancy.
  • The student will be able to explain and apply the administrative processes contained in the International Building Code, the California Administrative Code and applicable federal requirements.
  • The student will be able to explain or describe the format and performance principles of the Code and develop a working knowledge of the provisions contained therein.
  • The student will be able to select the proper type of construction to insure building codes and laws are being complied with.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Assess the role and responsibilities of the permit technician and implement ethical standards.
  • Examine construction plans and evaluate if minimum code requirements have been met for each occupancy.
  • Identify the steps of the building permits process as a means of securing code requirements.
  • Implement and describe state and local powers in regard to the adoption and administration of building codes, including the limits of those powers.
  • Select the proper type of construction to ensure correct implementation of building code and law.

Institutional Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate ability to apply critical thinking and analysis.
  • Demonstrate ethical civic, environmental, and social responsibility.

BCT-C301

Section Description

An introduction to residential/commercial construction, this course is designed to provide you with foundational knowledge and with enough practice at reading blueprints to get you started. It is a guide to understanding the drawings used in the major construction trades, including carpentry, electrical, plumbing, heating, and air conditioning. The course includes information for styles of building from small-scale residential to large-scale commercial. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • The student will be able to compare the materials of construction and their order of erection in a minimum of two construction processes.
  • The student will be able to demonstrate his/her knowledge of graphic symbols and architectural methods by reviewing sets of blueprints and answering text questions.
  • The student will be able to develop an analysis of the procedures and operations involved in the preparation of construction documents and the inter-relationship of building codes and ordinances.
  • The student will be able to distinguish the mechanical system (electrical, plumbing, heating, etc.) and their particular application to multi-frame construction.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Assess the role and responsibilities of the permit technician and implement ethical standards.
  • Identify the administrative provisions of the International Residential Code,
  • Identify the general requirements regulating wiring methods, wall construction and wall coverings, ceiling and roof construction, requirements for mechanical appliances and the installation of plumbing and coolant systems.
  • Implement and describe state and local powers in regard to the adoption and administration of building codes, including the limits of those powers.

Institutional Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate ability to apply critical thinking and analysis.
  • Demonstrate information competency.

BCT-C303

Section Description

A comprehensive course designed to give the student an understanding of the Non-Structural Provisions of the International Building Code. Important aspects of this course are regulation of building areas, heights, location on property, fire resistance rated materials, fire suppression systems, and the means of egress of buildings. ADVISORY: BCT C300. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • The student will be able to analyze and appraise a structure for proper exiting and fire protection.
  • The student will be able to analyze and interpret testing of fire resistive materials.
  • The student will be able to ascertain when and where the various types of fire suppression systems are required.
  • The student will be able to correctly calculate allowable building areas and occupancy load factors.
  • The student will be able to determine compliance with the building code in the areas of fire and life safety.
  • The student will be able to explain code corrections to building personnel and managers.
  • The student will be able to identify fire resistive materials and distinguish their correct usage.
  • The student will be able to inspect and identify fire resistive door and window opening assemblies.
  • The student will be able to inspect and identify glazing used in hazardous locations.
  • The student will be able to inspect for proper construction of buildings that use hazardous materials.
  • The student will be able to inspect for the correct installation of fire suppression systems.
  • The student will be able to properly use and interpret the International Building Code and Code Standards.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Assess the role and responsibilities of the permit technician and implement ethical standards.
  • Examine construction plans and evaluate if minimum code requirements have been met for each occupancy.
  • Select the proper type of construction to ensure correct implementation of building code and law.

Institutional Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate ability to apply critical thinking and analysis.

BCT-C306

Section Description

Basic safety and the use of electricity. Includes basic wiring methods used in residential and commercial buildings in conjunction with the latest edition of the National Electrical Code. Application of the principles of inspection to the details of electrical construction. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • The student will be able to apply practical mathematical electrical Ohm’s Law calculations.
  • The student will be able to calculate and size branch circuits and feeders.
  • The student will be able to differentiate the methods for electrical wiring applicable to residential, commercial and industrial construction.
  • The student will be able to explain the various methods of determining the formulas for calculating various load requirements for residential and commercial building.
  • The student will be able to formulate an electrical drawing layout.
  • The student will be able to formulate the method for calculating and utilizing alternating current theory to evaluate different electrical systems.
  • The student will be able to plan and check an electrical drawing to insure compliance with the N.E.C.
  • The student will be able to use alternating current theory to evaluate different electrical systems.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Assess the role and responsibilities of the permit technician and implement ethical standards.
  • Develop and prepare different documentations required during design and/or construction to achieve the appropriate building compliance.
  • Examine construction plans and evaluate if minimum code requirements have been met for each occupancy.
  • Explain the format and performance principle of the Code and develop a working knowledge of the provisions contained in them.
  • Identify the administrative provisions of the International Residential Code,
  • Identify the general requirements regulating wiring methods, wall construction and wall coverings, ceiling and roof construction, requirements for mechanical appliances and the installation of plumbing and coolant systems.
  • Implement and describe state and local powers in regard to the adoption and administration of building codes, including the limits of those powers.
  • Select the proper type of construction to ensure correct implementation of building code and law.

Institutional Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate ability to apply critical thinking and analysis.


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