Applied Construction Technology (ACT)

ACT 020  Introduction To Construction Technology Units: 3

This course provides students with in-depth analysis of the organization and structure of the construction industry and the many career choices the industry offers. The course emphasizes green construction practices, jobsite safety, practical knowledge of tool and equipment use, basic construction math, basic rigging techniques, and communication as well as employability skills. Guest speakers and site visits provide students a wide view of the expectations of entry-level work, wages, benefits, and work place culture. (Equivalent to CM-020.)
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-071 and MATH-060
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ACT 021  Site Preparation and Layout Units: 1

This course provides the understanding and skills necessary to complete the initial stages of building construction. General topics include project site clearance, reading and implementing the information from the Precise Grading Plan, concept of cutting and filling, and site layout. Students participate in Service Learning by way of a practical lab or an actual project site under close supervision of trade professionals.
Lecture Hours: 9         Lab Hours: 27          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ACT-020 or CM-020
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ACT 022  Concrete & Formwork Units: 1

This course introduces the significance of concrete as a building material. Topics include the properties of cement, composition of concrete, reinforcement materials, and the various types of forms needed for each particular footing. Students participate in Service Learning by way of a practical lab or an actual project site under close supervision of trade professionals.
Lecture Hours: 9         Lab Hours: 27          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ACT-020 or CM-020
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ACT 023  Framing Carpentry Units: 4

This course provides the understanding of framing systems and the practical framing techniques used to construct the floor, walls, and roof of a simple structure. Topics include the fundamentals of wood, lumber, fasteners, adhesives, layout, assembly, bracing, sheathing, and truss identification. In addition to learning vocabulary associated with framing, students participate in Service Learning by way of a practical lab or an actual project site under close supervision of trade professionals.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 162          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ACT-020 or CM-020
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ACT 024  Roofing Applications Units: 2

This course introduces the application of typical roof materials on different types of residential and light commercial structures. Safety procedures are emphasized as preparation for roofing application is demonstrated. Topics include roofing tools and proper roof ventilation. Some of the roof materials discussed include composite shingles, shakes, metal roofing, slate and tile, single ply roofing and foam application. Students participate in Service Learning by way of a practical lab or an actual project site under close supervision of trade professionals.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ACT-020 or CM-020
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ACT 025  Thermal & Moisture Protection Units: 1

This course covers the fundamentals of thermal insulation and vapor barriers for building structures, including topics such as requirements and characteristics of certain insulation and waterproofing. Hands-on application and proper installation of these materials are demonstrated by certified installers.
Lecture Hours: 9         Lab Hours: 27          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ACT-020 or CM-020
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ACT 026  Drywall Installation & Finish Units: 1

This course introduces the proper installation, types of application and the various finishes applied on gypsum board. Some of the topics covered include the tools, fasteners and materials used in the covering of the framed interior of a building. Other topics include soundproofing, estimating and problems that occur in drywall finishes for both new and remodeling projects. Students participate in Service Learning by way of a practical lab or an actual project site under close supervision of trade professionals.
Lecture Hours: 9         Lab Hours: 27          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ACT-020 or CM-020
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ACT 027  Exterior Finish Units: 1

This course covers the wide variety of siding materials used to finish the exterior of houses and some commercial buildings. Proper handling and installation for various materials such as wood, brick, vinyl, metal and stucco are demonstrated by industry professionals as well as by the students in a practical lab or actual project site.
Lecture Hours: 9         Lab Hours: 27          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ACT-020 or CM-020
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ACT 028  Finish Carpentry Units: 4

This course focuses on the variety of applications that occur within the interior of a building during the final stages nearing completion. Topics such as safety, door and window installation, door hardware, trims and molding, tools for installation, and cabinet installation are covered. Students participate in Service Learning by way of a practical lab or an actual project site under close supervision of trade professionals.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 162          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ACT-020 or CM-020
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ACT 029  Masonry Fundamentals Units: 2

This course explores masonry and its history as one of the oldest trades and method of construction. In addition, basic materials, tools, and techniques used by masons are discussedand demonstrated along with safety precautions exercised around a jobsite. The many types of masonry units are covered as well as the important role of mortar, and the concept of modularity and layout of masonry units. Students participate in Service Learning by way of a practical lab or an actual project site under close supervision of trade professionals.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ACT-020 or CM-020
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ACT 030  Plumbing Fundamentals Units: 3

This course is an introduction to the mechanics of plumbing including the design, installation, and maintenance of drain, waste, and vent systems in buildings in addition to significant code and health issues, violations, and consequences related to those systems. Methods of measuring, cutting, and joining different materials and schedules of plastic and copper piping are covered along with the peripheral types of fittings and valves used in plumbing. Installation of water heaters, gas piping, and finish fixtures are also demonstrated. Safety procedures are emphasized as students participate in Service Learning by way of a practical lab or an actual project site under close supervision of trade professionals.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 108          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ACT-020 or CM-020
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ACT 031  Electrical Fundamentals Units: 3

This course is an introduction to residential wiring and grounding, and covers the installation of panels, switches, receptacles, lighting, and other outlets. In addition, load calculations are used to size the electrical service for dwellings. Safety procedures are emphasized as students participate in Service Learning by way of a practical lab or an actual project site under close supervision of trade professionals.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 108          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ACT-020 or CM-020
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None