Specialty Construction Certificate
The Specialty Construction Certificate program is designed for students who are interested
in mechanical, electrical and plumbing projects, with an emphasis on energy project
management. This Certificate program requires 18 credit hours and can potentially
be completed in one year.
CM 3180 - Mechanical and Electrical Building Systems
A study of mechanical and electrical system types, how they are built, and how they
affect the construction project. Topics will include air conditioning, heating, plumbing,
fire protection, electrical power, electrical lighting, and building control materials
and systems. The analysis of current construction drawings will be integrated into
CM 3280 - Building Mechanical and Electrical Codes and Loads
Study of building mechanical and electrical system loads and applicable codes. Emphasis
on how they affect the construction project. Topics will include air conditioning,
heating, plumbing, fire protection, electrical power, electrical lighting and building
control systems. The analysis of current construction drawings will be integrated
into each topic.
CM 3480 - Mechanical and Electrical Systems Estimating
A continuation of the study of the estimating process emphasizing the specialty contractors
portion of the construction project. Topics covered will include the estimating procedure,
soft costs, using standard industry references and software, and bidding strategy.
A current set of mechanical, plumbing and electrical plans will be estimated.
CM 4190 - Sustainable Operation & Maintenance
This course will emphasize the techniques and methods used in sustainable operations
and maintenance. Importance of a collaborative team effort from owner, occupant, facility
management, and maintenance providers will be integrated into the course. Influences
on the Environment, society, maintenance and energy needs will be analyzed. Topics
will include LEED green building operations and maintenance (Sustainable Sites, Water
Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality,
and Innovation In Operations). MEP systems such as ventilation, air conditioning,
heating, electrical lighting and building control systems will be discussed from a
sustainable operations and maintenance perspective.
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Electives (Choose 2 Courses)
CM 3000 - Computer Applications in Construction
An introduction to microcomputers and commercial software. Students learn DOS and
Windows manipulations, spreadsheets, word processing, visualization, and presentation
software by actively using tutorials and help screens in a structured laboratory setting.
Scheduling and estimating software are introduced.
CM 3040 - Building Information Modeling I
A course on study of building information modeling for pre-construction applications.
The course will enable the students to develop and modify building information models.
It includes integration of estimates and schedules with building information models.
It also prepares the students to identify conflicts caused by architectural, structural,
mechanical, plumbing, and electrical systems during pre-construction stages.
CM 3190 - Sustainable Construction
This course will emphasize the techniques and methods of sustainable construction.
Importance of a collaborative team effort from owners, architects, engineers, constructors,
and consultants will be integrated into the course. Influences on the cost and schedule
due to a sustainable construction project will be analyzed. Topics will include performance
certification techniques for sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy & atmosphere,
materials & resources, indoor environmental quality, innovation and design. MEP systems
such as ventilation, air conditioning, heating, electrical lighting and building control
systems will be covered from a sustainable perspective.
CM 3400 - Risk and Quality Management
This course focuses on Exposure analysis, risk management, risk transfer and the costs
associated with each. The costs of safety and the lack of it is examined. Workers’
compensation insurance cost is integrated into the issues of safety along with the
development of a comprehensive risk management plan.
CM 3800 - Construction Finance
Students in this course study the management of company and project finances. They
learn the fundamentals of construction accounting and depreciation, prepare financial
statements, analyze company’s financial health, conduct cost and profit center analysis,
prepare and forecast cash flows, and use the technique of time value of money for
economic decision making.
CM 4480 - Design/Build MEP Systems
A study of the design-build delivery method applied to construction projects. The
study starts with details of the process and how it differs from other project delivery
methods. Topics will include building MEP systems (air-conditioning, heating, ventilation,
plumbing, electrical power, electrical lighting and building control) and how they
are planned and delivered in a design-build project. The analysis of current construction
drawings will be integrated into the course.
CM 4710 - Construction Safety
A study of construction safety and loss control principles and practices. Topics include
project security control, construction accident prevention, safety information sources,
weather precautions, emergency planning, and OSHA procedures and regulations.